Monday's WWE Raw final segment saw Ryback deliver his most impassioned and believable promo to date, even as imperfect as it was.
Mick Foley confronted Ryback in the ring with a steel chair in hand. It was John Cena's newest rival's longest piece of mic work in his career, one that has received plenty of criticism
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In spite of the disparaging the segment has received from some, it should be applauded for its genuineness and fervor.
While his pre-taped promo from the previous week was robotic, this one burned with anger and frustration that translated well on screen. This is the kind of gritty emotion one can expect from Ryback if WWE lets loose his leash.
Expecting Ryback to be CM Punk is asking for disappointment. You can't expect eloquence from a beast.
Ryback came off as a menacing presence who is highly motivated to take Cena's WWE title from him. He verbally attacked Foley in order to make himself look disrespectful and intimidating.
He yelled at Foley to "shut up," growling in his familiar, guttural voice.
He said to the recent WWE Hall of Fame inductee, "You come out with your archaic messages from the past, like you mean something."
His dismissal of Foley's accomplishments and stature is a simple and effective way to draw the ire of the fans. The same goes for him referring to the fans as "stupid." Like his in-ring style, Ryback was aggressive and impactful on the mic. He wasn't particularly poignant or charismatic, but he'll never be those things as much as he'll be an animalistic force of nature.
His attack on Foley worked.
It made Ryback look nasty, ornery and ready for a fight. He asked Foley, "You fat, pathetic, lazy bastard, how does John Cena giving you that steel chair help you standing in the ring with Ryback?"
It seemed believable that he was going to beat Foley down right there had Cena not come down to save him. Ryback got in Foley's face and looked legitimately furious. He was dangerous, a predator widening his jaws to snap at his prey.
Sure, he stumbled a few times, but the segment helped make his match with Cena more appealing and provided plenty of drama before a single blow was thrown.
You don't ask Ryback to be anything other than rough. You ask him to be a hammer, not a precision tool.
Ryback delivered on Monday's WWE Raw and showed glimpses of his full potential. Foley led in that dance, but Ryback came stomping along, providing the kind of intensity WWE needs from him.