At Extreme Rules, John Cena will defend the WWE Championship against Ryback in a match where the challenger must win. Ryback recently turned heel after attacking John Cena at the conclusion of the Raw after WrestleMania.
He solidified the heel turn the following week with a pre-taped promo. After being built to the top as a babyface when Cena was hurt last October, Ryback has not won a match on pay-per-view in months. That is only part of the reason why Ryback must defeat Cena at Extreme Rules.
It may have been fairly predictable that John Cena would win the WWE title at WrestleMania, but he is better when he is chasing the title, rather than being the champion. The way the WWE works, the heel bashes the babyface and gets the upper hand leading to their match.
Then, the babyface can “hulk-up” (in reference to Hulk Hogan) and defeat the heel. For example, CM Punk always had the edge in his feud with Undertaker, leading to their match at WrestleMania. Each Raw, Punk attacked Undertaker physically or emotionally with the urn. However, at WrestleMania, it was the Undertaker who was victorious.
In terms of John Cena’s situation, he doesn’t need the WWE title. Cena doesn’t need a long reign. WWE needs to have Ryback take the title and allow Cena to rise above and take down the evil Big Hungry. John Cena is the superhero WWE loves to shove down the fans’ throats. It’s time for Superman to go back to being Clark Kent.
Unlike John Cena, Ryback cannot afford another loss.
It would hurt him now more than ever. Losses to The Shield made sense. The Shield was also being built up as strong newcomers. Losses to CM Punk made sense, CM Punk’s title reign should not have ended to a newcomer like Ryback. If WWE is serious about continuing to build Ryback, this time as a heel, he needs to start winning on pay-per-view. He also needs a championship to prove he is the real deal.
Chances are John Cena and Ryback’s match will have the extreme rules stipulation, making a dirty finish complicated. It is unlikely there will be any disqualification or count-out. WWE has put itself in another difficult situation.
When CM Punk and Ryback were set to square off at Hell in a Cell 2012, it seemed as though one of the Superstar’s momentum would be ending. Either CM Punk’s title reign or Ryback’s undefeated streak. WWE was wise to have a dirty finish in Brad Maddox assisting Punk.
However, this time it is the babyface who has the title. If someone were to assist Ryback in defeating Cena at Extreme Rules, it wouldn’t help Ryback look strong. It would continue to promote Ryback as a top Superstar who cannot get jobs done.
There is no way for John Cena to win this match without ruining Ryback’s character once and for all. The smartest decision WWE can make is to finally put the WWE title on Ryback. He can end his pay-per-view losing streak, while having Cena become the underdog that WWE loves him to be. Ryback must defeat John Cena at Extreme Rules.
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