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Ryback Set to Battle The Shield at TLC
With WWE Champion CM Punk sidelined due to a knee injury, Ryback and Team Hell No will face The Shield in a six-man tables, ladders and chairs match at TLC with pinfall or submission representing the only way to win. The Shield has looked dominant thus far, but it will face its toughest test yet when it takes on Ryback in a sanctioned match.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Has Ryback Lost Momentum?
The WWE has options when it comes to this particular match as it can either decide to keep Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns rolling in the right direction, or it can give Ryback his first significant pay-per-view victory. Whatever the case, it promises to be an unpredictable affair as both sides would benefit from a win.
The big argument in favor of Ryback winning is that many fans seem to think that he has lost momentum since Hell in a Cell. Ryback has lost at two consecutive pay-per-views as Punk beat him with help from Brad Maddox at Hell in a Cell and The Shield took him out of the triple-threat match at Survivor Series. With that in mind, does Ryback need a victory at TLC in order to rebound?
Ring Rust Radio's Take
I realize that Ryback losing at two straight pay-per-views wasn't ideal, but I can't help but laugh when people say that he has lost momentum. His undefeated streak is no longer intact, but that never meant much anyway. All of his wins were over jobbers and he was never about his record like Goldberg was. If anything, the two losses have garnered Ryback even more crowd support.
The WWE has handled Ryback perfectly over the past couple weeks as it has built toward his appearance. Rather than having him squash someone early in the night, WWE has waited to use him in the final segment of Raw. With melees ensuing, the crowd has begun to chant "feed me more" before exploding when Ryback makes his way to the ring. Nobody gets a bigger reaction than Ryback right now and that will continue regardless of what happens Sunday.
Rumor Mill: Ryback Set to Face CM Punk on Jan. 14 Raw (via WrestlingInc.com)
Dolph Ziggler Could Be In for Huge Night at TLC
It was announced last week that Dolph Ziggler would have to defend his Money in the Bank contract in a ladder match against John Cena at TLC. Some of the more cynical fans believe that will lead to Ziggler getting buried and dropping the briefcase to Cena, but if the creative team plays its cards right, Sunday could be a defining night in The Show Off's career.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Ziggler Cash In His Money in the Bank Contract?
There are a lot of different avenues that the WWE can take with Ziggler at TLC. The worst option would be Cena defeating him, and I really don't see that happening. Aside from that, Ziggler can retain his Money in the Bank contract and save it for a rainy day. Preferably, however, Ziggler will both beat Cena and cash in on the same night to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.
It doesn't seem as though many fans are counting on that happening due to the fact that he has teased cash-ins so many times in the past. Also, the WWE doesn't seem to be talking about it as much as usual. It may not be a guarantee that Ziggler becomes the new World champion on Sunday night, but there are a lot of factors that suggest he will.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
If my suspicions are accurate, Ziggler will win the World Heavyweight Championship at TLC. First and foremost, Ziggler is going to beat Cena no matter what. Whether it's due to The Shield interfering or A.J. costing Cena the match, Ziggler will retain.
Also, Big Show is facing Sheamus in a chairs match for the World title. Coincidentally, Big Show beat Mark Henry for the title in a chairs match at last year's TLC pay-per-view, which prompted Henry to attack him afterwards. Daniel Bryan then successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
The opposite could happen on Sunday with Sheamus winning and Big Show attacking him. A better theory, though, would be The Shield attacking Sheamus and allowing Ziggler to beat him. The Shield took out Cena on Raw and Ziggler acted like he had no idea what was going on. It was suspicious, though, and I foresee an alliance between Ziggler, Vickie, Punk, Paul Heyman and The Shield at some point down the line.
RRR Interview with WWE '13's Bryan Williams
Although WWE '13 senior designer Bryan Williams didn't fit the typical profile of a Ring Rust Radio guest as he never competed as a wrestler, he proved to be one of the most enthusiastic and insightful guests we have ever had. Williams was an integral cog in the development of the hit WWE '13 video game and he joined us to talk about the game itself as well as his love for wrestling.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Should I Buy WWE '13?
WWE '13 is not only a fantastic wrestling video game, but it is among the hottest sports games of the year and has garnered positive reviews across the board. Several changes were made in comparison to last year with the biggest being the addition of the Attitude Era mode. Also, WWE Universe mode was improved, Predator Technology 2.0 was introduced and the overall sound quality was enhanced as well.
From a gameplay perspective, WWE '13 is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor. It is much easier to wrestle what seems like a realistic match and there are more options than ever. King of the Ring mode was added to the mix while both the I Quit match and Special Referee match were reintroduced as well. Bryan and his colleagues went above and beyond this year to produce a top-notch WWE game.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
If you're a WWE fan, you simply have to get your hands on this game. Ring Rust Radio made sure to brighten the holiday season for a few lucky individuals as we awarded free copies of the game through our trivia contest. If you enjoy the current product then this game is definitely for you, but even if you and wrestling have grown apart, the Attitude Era mode allows you to relive some of the greatest moments from the greatest time in wrestling history.
If that isn't enough, then consider the fact that Bryan Williams isn't simply some tech guy who developed the game without taking wrestling's integrity to heart. He has been a huge fan since the Attitude Era and follows the WWE religiously.
Williams is such a wrestling fan, in fact, that he expressed his love for the independent scene. A big reason for the game's authenticity is Bryan's commitment and love for wrestling, so make sure you pick up a copy of WWE '13 as soon as possible.
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