With Money in the Bank coming up this Sunday, there are many storylines to follow when it comes to both the ladder match for the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship; however, something that has been overlooked is the foreshadowing of a partnership between Vickie Guerrero and Ryback.
Last Monday night on Raw, Vickie Guerrero was fired by Stephanie McMahon after her job evaluation that took place in the center of the ring. After 75 percent of fans voted that Vickie should be fired as general manager of Raw, all hell broke loose.
Vickie pleaded for another chance, and her tantrum continued backstage as she was comforted by Vince McMahon, who clearly disagreed with the decision made by the WWE Universe. Who was named GM in her place? Vickie's assistant, Brad Maddox.
While Vickie was carrying her things out of the arena, she was confronted by Ryback with something against his normal character: a hug. The man who once stood in the middle of the ring screaming "Feed me more" was now the gentle giant claiming that everything was going to be okay for Vickie.
Ryback has been involved in the WWE Championship picture for a long time now, failing to take the title from both CM Punk and John Cena. Since John Cena delivered an attitude adjustment to Ryback at last month's Payback pay-per-view, his television appearances have been limited to a squash match against The Great Khali and two matches against The Miz. It's been up in the air where Ryback is headed with the company, but teaming up with Vickie will be great for his career.
People forget how Brad Maddox first became noticed in the WWE.
Flashback to Hell in a Cell and the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and Ryback: The Big Hungry had been unstoppable entering the match and dominated Punk throughout. He had him up for shell-shocked when Brad Maddox struck Ryback with a low blow and then helped pin Ryback and gave a fast count so Punk could retain the championship. Ryback then went ballistic on Maddox, as Punk was able to escape the ring with his title reign intact.
The altercation kind of faded away as it became known that Paul Heyman was behind the whole ordeal. But now a feud between Ryback and Brad Maddox seems imminent.
Ever since Ryback embraced his role as a heel, his mic skills and booking have failed to get him over with the crowd, but Vickie Guerrero could be the one to finally get him over the hump. Few people draw a louder pop then when Vickie comes down to the ring shouting “Excuse me!” and now that she is out of a job as general manager, teaming up with Ryback seems like a logical decision.
The fact of the matter is that Ryback was never meant to be put into the main event scene so early in his career. An injury to John Cena left an opening that had to be filled by someone, and with Ryback as the current up-and-coming behemoth, it made the most sense at the time for him to fill the spot. The lead up to his matches with John Cena was intense, but did anyone honestly believe he was going to take the title from him?
He needed time to develop and an improvement to his gimmick before the WWE Universe would be able to believe he can hold the most prestigious title in the business, and Vickie Guerrero can help him do that.
Vickie was great when she was paired with Dolph Ziggler, and look at where he is now, right in the middle of the World Heavyweight Title picture. She will be even better with Ryback.
I was surprised when the participants of the WWE Championship ladder match didn't include Ryback. I thought a match with Jericho at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view was a downgrade for the guy who was competing in a Three Stages of Hell match for the WWE Championship a month prior. Y2J, however, could be the perfect person to help begin his rise to the top.
The reality is that Ryback hasn't had a pay-per-view victory since he defeated Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks in a handicap match at the last Money in the Bank. The ankle injury that he is milking will also help him look stronger if he were to defeat Jericho this Sunday.
To answer my own question, I believe that Vickie Guerrero will play some role in his victory this Sunday, and her actions will begin the partnership of her and Ryback against Brad Maddox and the upper management of Monday Night Raw. It remains to be seen whether or not this will help him get over and lead him to the leather and gold that is the WWE Championship.
So I ask you, do you believe Ryback will eventually become WWE Champion with Vickie Guerrero as his manager?