Not lost in all the drama of the Elimination Chamber Sunday night was the fact that Ryback was the one pinned by The Shield in the six-man tag match. Once again, the unholy trinity got over on the Big Hungry and proved they are the best thing going today in the WWE.
But for a wrestler who could arguably be considered the second most popular face in the WWE behind John Cena, times have become tough, and the winning streak and the constant expectation by WWE fans to always win and dominate in the ring are almost nonexistent.
Even the matches with the likes of Antonio Cesaro are a chore for Ryback, proving he is not the buzz saw he once was. The losses to The Shield, who has worked hard to make the unstoppable a mere mortal, are mounting.
Right now, the angle Ryback is in and the performance of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns have been more successful, leaving the WWE in a spot that is not only good, but bad at the same time.
What will the company do with someone who was thought to have such promise but now appears to be stuck in quicksand?
It would appear a tag team with Sheamus is possible. It also appears a feud with Brock Lesnar, Big Show or Mark Henry would work. But what does not appear to be on the horizon is a chance at the WWE title again. The company would be foolish right now to inject Ryback into a mix that includes The Rock, John Cena and CM Punk.
Changing lanes and shifting his attention to the World Heavyweight Title would be a mistake as well.
There is so much depth in the WWE right now, it is not fair to many of the wrestlers who deserve a better fate and cannot move up the ladder into title contention.
See: Cody Rhodes and Kofi Kingston.
Does Ryback now go the way of Ahmed Johnson, Hercules, Dustin Rhodes and other wrestlers who never reached their full potential?
As fans and writers, we are going to question him and the WWE creative team for handling Ryback as a pawn of sorts, as one who never was given a fair chance. We also will question if he will ever be a world champion or just another urban legend. There is still time with him, but the sand in the hourglass is speeding through with pinpoint alacrity.
The WWE must right this sinking superstar, or the company and professional wrestling may have wasted a talent they could have taken to the bank had they not rushed the product along too soon.