Fresh matches and fresh faces are two of the things that WWE sorely needs.
For quite some time now, fans have been complaining about seeing the same guys in the main event scene.
That's one of the biggest reasons why they were so quick to support a fresh face like Ryback being elevated through the card. Even though his credibility had not been completely established, fans were quick to give the thumbs up to Ryback being put into the same class as the big boys.
Fans have also been complaining about the lack of fresh matches on the pay per view events. They groaned considerably when Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio kept working title matches together. They also showed a lack of interest when it was announced that John Cena and CM Punk would be facing one another on Monday Night Raw this week.
It was a refreshing sight for fans to see Ryback challenging CM Punk at the "Hell in a Cell" pay per view. At the very least, it meant that John Cena was not going to be challenging CM Punk at the event. For a lot of fans, that was a major selling point.
With that in mind, it's a bit surprising and disappointing that WWE is pulling the trigger so quickly on Ryback and John Cena, two of their most popular performers at this point in time. They'll both be challenging CM Punk at the Survivor Series this weekend.
A straight-up match between Ryback and John Cena would be a tremendous draw, for both hardcore fans and for the WWE Universe. The hype would be reminiscent of what the company created when Batista and John Cena first locked up.
Instead of keeping them apart until the big showdown, the company is already putting them in the ring together. That potentially explosive rivalry is now underplayed as it has to contend for attention with CM Punk and the WWE Heavyweight Championship at the same time.
WWE should have waited. They should have built it up. With enough time and effort, Ryback and John Cena could have headlined Wrestlemania together.
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