10 Power Moves That Ryback Should Use in the Ring
WWE's newest wrecking ball, Ryback, needs an injection of more power moves into his arsenal.
Both Randy Orton and The Undertaker are prime examples of a wrestler's repertoire growing with time, adding more and more devastating weapons to take opponents out.
Ryback's matches feel somewhat formulaic at this point.
It as if he is following the same pattern, the successive steps to a violent dance. Before his matches lose too much luster, Ryback would be wise to bolster his power-move collection.
Borrowing from Japan, his old gimmick, Ring of Honor World Champion Kevin Steen and even Tensai's Japanese move set, the following is a compilation of crushing moves that Ryback could use to devour his foes.
Ryback already smacks his opponents' head on the mat with a trio of consecutive powerbombs. The apron powerbomb would only add to the devastation.
A move often seen in the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla promotion, the apron powerbomb makes the outside of the ring a far more dangerous place.
Tensai (wrestling in Japan as Giant Bernard) is seen here doing the move. He drives his foes back into the side of the ring with spectacular results.
It's a risky move that may cause Vince McMahon some pause, but a bit of practice and training can help limit the danger. The key is not to have the recipient's head bear the brunt of the impact. The back is a safer target.
If Ryback can pull this off without injuring folks, he'll have one more vicious weapon to pull out.
It's easy to imagine Ryback whipping his opponent around as viciously as Kevin Steen does in the video or worse.
With the Sidewinder Suplex, the attacker clamps his arms around the opponent and then builds momentum by spinning. Smaller opponents will add to the move's visual flair with flailing legs and twisting torso.
This is the type of move that would be assigned to a new star as a finisher.
It's borderline powerful enough to be legitimate for that purpose, but is better suited for a set up for something else. Perhaps Ryback can follow this with an elbow drop or wait for his foe to rise and clobber him with a lariat.
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams took the running powerslam and found a way to add pain to the formula. The addition of slamming his opponent into the turnbuckle adds an interesting dimension to the move.
Ryback used the move regularly when he wrestled as Skip Sheffield. Bringing it back would be easy, a familiar move that also serves as a tribute to Dr. Death.
Ryback could easily deliver the move with more veracity than Akihiko Ito does in the video.
Big Hungry's surplus of intensity and power would have the Oklahoma Stampede rattle rings everywhere.
Not a power move in itself, the Karelin Lift is a nifty transition into any number of high-impact moves. It turns a grounded opponent to a helpless fish on a hook.
Greco-Roman legend Alexander Karelin invented the move, and is seen here in the video making a grown man look like a child.
Ryback could go from the Karelin Lift to a suplex, shift into a powerbomb or some kind of facebuster option. The bigger the victim, the more impressive the move would be.
The sleeper hold doesn't seem like something Ryback would use, but this brutal variation of the move is much more Ryback's style.
The design of the move has the opponent worn down by the effects of the sleeper before being sent on an undesired flight.
Kenta Kobashi's version (shown in the video) delivers more head and neck impact than Vince McMahon and WWE officials would likely like to see, but Ryback could have his opponent land more flatly and on their face, still keeping the cruelty of the move intact.
Ryback most likely would not use Joey Ryan's name for this move, but would love to dish out the carnage that the Mustache Ride causes.
The somewhat common swinging neckbreaker is given a sadist makeover here.
The attacker yanks around his opponent's head while hurtling toward the mat. The echo coming from Ryback's weight hitting the canvas would only add to the drama of the move.
Using the turnbuckle as a launching pad is one way to diversify Ryback's move set.
The superplex was once rare enough to be a crowd-pleasing novelty. However, it's been used enough now to seem less intense than it actually is.
The Guerrero Special variation, despite being around for some time, is still fresh enough to WWE audiences to elicit a big pop from the crowd.
Should Ryback choose to borrow this inverted superplex from Ultimo Guerrero (no relation to Eddie and Chavo), his matches would have another level of violence and entertainment. The move could easily become one of his signatures.
Giving Ryback the Guerrero Special would be like giving a swordsman another claymore to play with.
Now more associated with The Undertaker, Snake Eyes was once Vinnie Vegas' (a.k.a. Kevin Nash) finisher. It could be a Ryback signature move and a nod to either man.
Ryback certainly doesn't have to follow it up with a big boot the way Taker does.
Perhaps he hits some kind of suplex on his dazed opponent or simply lets him flop to the mat, Ric Flair style.
Snake Eyes is one of the least risky moves on this list and is much easier to control, thus making WWE's higher ups less nervous.
Turnbuckle Backdrop Suplex
A second move Ryback should borrow from Steve Williams is the turnbuckle backdrop suplex.
The mercilessness of the move feels perfect for a wrestler as vicious as Ryback. It's like putting a jet pack on Snake Eyes.
The suplex is interrupted by the collision with the turnbuckle. The opponent is sent crashing with dramatic effect. Picture Dean Ambrose selling this, looking as if he's been as snapped in half.
Wrist-Clutch Exploder Suplex
Japanese icon, Jun Akiyama is credited with innovating both the standard Exploder Suplex and the wrist-clutch version of this thud-inducing move.
It would make a deliciously vicious addition to Ryback's move set.
He would have to be sure not to have his victims land right on their heads, though, as there is very little chance to cushion one's fall.
Ryback could excite just about any crowd by tossing this into his attack. Perhaps he could delay it a touch, roaring red-faced before letting his opponent go flying.