Why Ryback vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29 Works

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2012

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Ryback is an unstoppable monster, a punishing brute of a man who is not easily swayed by any WWE Superstar he steps into the ring with. He is tough as nails, supremely confident in his ability to overpower and outfight his opponents despite how big the match.  

As for Brock Lesnar? See: Ryback.

The similarities in these two striking. Each man has been marketed as an untouchable beast who just mows down anyone put in front of him. Brock and Ryback are more machine than man, twisted and evil.

Sweet Star Wars reference aside, Ryback could very well be the modern day Next Big Thing, as Vince McMahon seems determined to keep the spotlight firmly on the younger Superstar.

Now imagine these two hooking it up in the ring at WrestleMania 29.

To be honest, I have not heard all that much speculation about this match possibly happening next year. A lot of the talk has centered around which Superstar The Undertaker would choose to face at WWE’s biggest event of the year.

Brock is actually a good candidate for this one, as he and Taker are no strangers to each other and there would be some real drama in that matchup.

This is mostly because Undertaker has the sort of ring style that both Brock and Ryback use. Taker has a very straightforward offense and it’s difficult to gain an upper hand on him, as he can withstand a tremendous amount of punishment. He and Brock have went to war in the past and some fans feel that now would be the time for Taker’s streak to be tested like never before.

For that matter, Ryback also seems like a good fit to face Undertaker at Mania.

Same concept, same idea, and though it seems like an insane notion, Ryback could actually go over. He’s young enough, has a lot of focus on him and seems primed and ready to become one of the biggest stars in WWE.

But we all know that beating Undertaker on the WrestleMania stage is a huge responsibility, one that perhaps Ryback is not yet ready to accept. After all, if Taker ever does decide he wants to have the streak end, the man that does it will carry those bragging rights with him for the rest of his career.

Ryabck is still a work in progress and his immediate future depends entirely on what WWE can do with him in the short term as it pertains to CM Punk. Undertaker is likely not on the radar for Ryback.

But Brock Lesnar mixing it up with Ryback seems like a great idea, especially with the heat that Ryback has had with Punk. Paul Heyman could be the link between Ryback and the man he has "mentored" in the past, Brock Lesnar.

Both Ryback and Brock have two similar characters and styles and would be going head-to-head in a match that fans have never seen before. The F-5 versus the Shell-Shock.

Two freight trains collide and carnage ensues.

The first few minutes of the match would be both men jockeying for position, possibly throwing one fierce clothesline after another, with neither man moving an inch. A test of strength, will and ultimately superiority in the ring.

Speaking of bragging rights, what if Ryback went over on Lesnar at WrestleMania? Again, Ryback is on the way up while Brock has had his time in the sun. What if he did the job and put Ryback that much higher up the ladder in WWE?

Realistically speaking, Lesnar is a former UFC champion and could shoot on Ryback anytime he wanted, legitimately pinning him if he chose to do so.  

But Brock is not just a fighter, he’s an entertainer. He understands how the game is played, and if he were asked to put Ryback over, he would likely do everything he could to make Vince’s new Superstar look as good and tough as possible.

A win over Brock Lesnar would surely change Ryback’s career forever. He would no longer be just a budding player in WWE, he would be a major player. His future with the company would be firmly established with that single victory and we would all have to get used to seeing him more on WWE programming.

A lot more.

As we near the end of 2012, the rumors and speculation surrounding the match card at WrestleMania 29 will heat up. We will all likely be spending the next few months leading up to the event completely wrapped up in who’s facing who, and why.

For me, Brock Lesnar versus Ryback is an intriguing idea full of possibilities. Whether or not we see it, however, is another matter altogether.

"Feed me Brock."

Let the speculation begin.