WWE Survivor Series 2012: How Will Ryback Fare in His Biggest Test to Date?

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2012

Photo: WWE.com Hell in a Cell 2012
Photo: WWE.com Hell in a Cell 2012

Survivor Series will see CM Punk face one of his toughest challenges in his yearlong reign as he goes up against Ryback and John Cena in a triple-threat match.

This PPV is going to be a big test for another superstar in the match as well: Ryback.

Ryback may have dominated CM Punk inside the cell until Brad Maddox low-blowed his chances of winning the title away, but that match was more of a beatdown than an actual match.

This Sunday is Ryback's first real test against main event talent in the top match on a PPV as he is facing two of WWE's top stars in a match where he is not likely to run rampant over his opponents like he is used to.

Ryback will no doubt come out of the gate strong, but there is no way that Cena or Punk don't put him through his paces throughout the match to see where he really is in terms of his progression.

Ryback has had little chance to showcase his talents in an extended match and when he has, it is still just a longer squash match in most cases.

We have seen him at a disadvantage a few times when facing opponents, but for the most part he just runs over everyone in his path.

That will change on Sunday.

Sunday will be the match where Ryback finally has to follow the give-and-take philosophy behind most matches, especially when he is facing someone with just as much strength in John Cena.

Cena is one of WWE's most powerful superstars in terms of his sheer strength and Ryback is right there with him in that regard.

This is two powerhouses and a skinny-fat (as Triple H would put it) technician who uses his superior skill to overcome more powerful opponents.

Even though Ryback is not known for exciting the wrestling purists, we might get a better show than we expect when these three get in the ring together.

CM Punk can make almost anyone look like a star in the ring and John Cena is no slouch in that department either. Both men will make Ryback look good in that ring come Sunday.

With the way the fans have embraced Ryback recently, I would not be all that surprised if WWE put the belt on him, even if he ended up dropping it at TLC next month.

Ryback is being booked as the next Brock Lesnar, Gollberg or Bobby Lashley, and WWE might want to test the waters with a short title reign.

They've done it plenty of times in the past.

Kane has a one-night reign with the WWE title after King of the Ring 1998. Rey Mysterio held the title less than a day, as did Dolph Ziggler; Vince McMahon held it for six and RVD had a short 22-day reign.

Having Ryback hold the title for a single month would not harm WWE, especially when you consider that they will get a likely boost in viewers from The Rock's involvement starting in January 2013.

How do you think Ryback will handle his biggest test on Sunday?

Will WWE take a shot and put the WWE title on him?


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