Ryback: Why the Big Hungry Needs Paul Heyman to Get over in the WWE

David LevinSenior Writer IIMay 1, 2013


Just like some of the readers who follow me on Bleacher Report, I thought the same thing Monday Night when I saw Ryback appear on Monday Night Raw. The "Big Hungry" looked just like Goldberg when he made his appearance in the WWE.

If that is the case and Ryback is taking the same path as the "Next" beast in the company (sorry, Batista), then he is going to need more than what has started in making him a true villain in this company. His lack of speech works in this case, mainly because he can let his actions speak for himself. 

The fact he makes John Cena look more intimidating and more forceful is a good thing. Heels in wrestling are supposed to "carry" the program, adding fuel to the fire, creating drama and gaining support from the fanbase that he is the man everyone wants to hate.

Ryback still needs a little help getting over in that capacity.

Enter Paul Heyman.

The manager everyone loves and hates at the same time could make Ryback an even bigger success and keep in character as the best delivery man in the company at this time. It also would pair Ryback with Brock Lesnar and when the time is right, create a pretty decent starting stable so that when CM Pun returns, he comes back as a face and both he and Cena face the union as the two leaders of a company sorely needing a wing man for "Superman."

If you really think CM Punk will return from his hiatus in the same capacity he left, I would sure like to know what Kool-Aid you are drinking.

Managers in professional wrestling have evolved over the years, the one premise remains true—to give the character the greatest push they can have while creating greater attention with the wrestling fanbase.

Heyman is the best when it comes to this.

When it involved story lines, it is the manager who positions his "client" for title opportunities, decides whom to trust as an ally, and generally acts as a mouthpiece on their wrestlers' behalf. This is different in the case of wrestlers like Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Diolph Ziggler and CM Punk.

Outside of storylines, a manager's job is to help the wrestler he's paired with get over. Often the very act of aligning oneself with a manager, or conversely breaking away from a manager he's worked with, can change a wrestler's alignment, making them a sudden fan favorite or villain.

In this case, Heyman must become Ryback's mouthpiece. The rest should take care of itself in the ring. This is not a case with The Shield where the green group needed veteran wrestlers to sell for them. Ryback in a short amount of time has established himself as a force. While opponents work with him to produce a good match (not great yet), his power, size and ability speaks for itself.

Heyman can only add to that growth and development.

The fact Ryback showed he was a "loner' on Monday night also added fuel to this toxic mix then, walking out of Raw and leaving Team Hell No to face The Shield with an injured John Cena. Upon his return at the end of the night, we saw a brooding, plotting Ryback. The "killer" instinct is already implanted. All he needs is a helping hand. Heyman would do that for him like JJ Dillon did for the Four Horseman or Paul Jones did for Meng or Bobby Heenan did for any number of his "clients."

Right now, Heyman and Ryback are a perfect pair. The Brock Lesnar/Triple H confrontation will likely end in 18 days. He's going to need another pet project if Punk remains out of action for a while. Advising Ryback can only prove greatness for both parties involved.