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WWE booked themselves into a corner with this match from the start, and there is no possible way to come out of this without problems.
Ryback has been consistently booked to lose, yet we're told time and time again that he is a monster. It is impossible to believe that when he has yet to win a match on a pay-per-view in nearly a full year. All this match did was to make him lose twice on the same night to counteract his draw from Extreme Rules.
John Cena playing the part of the underdog by losing the first part of this match was a guarantee that I saw coming from a mile away, which is a shame because the predictability is only half of the reason this match suffered.
Despite all their best efforts, the members of WWE Creative have not been able to figure out a way to get the crowd to warm up to Cena like they would want them to. While many fans are convinced a heel turn is the best way to go and others just wish Cena would lose every match or be released entirely, I can humbly say that I have no true answer as to what I would do to fix this problem.
Although Ryback needs several important wins to regain credibility and a squash victory in both the Lumberjack and Tables matches here would have done wonders to make him look like a legitimate monster, it's safe to say WWE would have never been OK with that booking.
Realistically, this happened the only way WWE would have ever allowed it to happen, no matter what writer was tasked with the job.
Ideally and in the fantasy booking world, on the other hand, I would have gone with a new WWE champion and it wouldn't have been purely to spite Cena, but rather to help save the career of Ryback.
Match Outcome: Ryback wins the WWE Championship.
I'm sure many people would disagree with my choices, but those are just my immediate reactions and opinions for this particular pay-per-view's rewrite.
If that is the case and you feel as though you have an idea that would have worked better, share it with the rest of us in the comments below.
What would you have done? Would you have kept everything the same or perhaps changed everything we saw tonight?
Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its YouTube podcast show Smack Talk. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook for more.