Ryback has struggled to get over since debuting, and there are a lot of contributing factors as to why that is. But there are things that can be done to help.
His moveset is somewhat limited, his gimmick is unoriginal and he was pushed too early only to be brought back down.
Even with all these issues, there is still a lot of potential in the Ryback character. Being unoriginal is not new, and it certainly isn't anything he can't move past. Many Superstars who have come before him have been carbon copies of other gimmicks, and they went on to have long, successful careers.
This slideshow will examine some potential ways to improve the Ryback character, or at least buy him time until he is repackaged.
Ryback has had a few decent promos, but overall, he is not known as being the best mic worker. There is a simple solution to that: Take the mic away from him.
Ryback was so much more effective when he didn't speak. He just came to the ring, beat up everyone and left. Simple as that. That is what he needs to start doing again.
Ryback's biggest strength is in fact his strength. Some Superstars have to be great talkers to make up for their lack of an ideal wrestling physique. Ryback is not one of those people.
Ryback looks like what a Superstar would look like if he were designed by Vince McMahon. He needs to rely more on that and less on storyline.
Keep him heel, take away the mic and have him make his statements through his actions. It worked for Goldberg, and since everyone seems to want to chant Goldberg's name when Ryback is in the ring, it only seems right to start using some of the tricks that worked for the former WCW star.
If the whole not talking thing is off the table, then give him someone who can talk for him.
It always amazes me at how many legendary names work for WWE backstage who never get used on television in any capacity. Maybe we'll see Finlay or Arn Anderson out to break up a fight once every few months, but that's about it.
Sticking him with Zeb Colter would be a mistake, but there are a lot of managers out there who could really help Ryback get to that next level.
If you look back throughout the years, you will see that there were a lot of wrestlers who owed a lot of their success to their managers.
Bobby Heenan, Jim Cornette and Jimmy Hart were instrumental in the careers of almost everyone they managed in WWE and WCW, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
There are even some people down in NXT who are great on the mic that WWE could bring in as a new manager for Ryback. WWE just needs to figure out who the best fit would be for Ryback's character.
Being booked in WWE title matches too early can sometimes hurt a Superstar in the long run. Ryback needs to start off with a midcard title.
He is already out of the WWE title picture after having a few chances at the belt. Why not stick him in the hunt for the IC or U.S. title?
The midcard title scene could use a monstrous heel like Ryback right now, and it would give him a chance to keep improving against other midcard Superstars.
Ryback could easily grow into a main event-level Superstar, but it's a process that takes time.
When Ryback was coming out in an ambulance to promote his match with John Cena, it added something interesting to his entrance.
Being a big, angry powerhouse will only get him so far. He needs something to make him stand out, not just during his entrance, but as part of his whole character.
One idea would be for Ryback to win a midcard title and then insist on defending it every single week. He could spend a lot of time running through the low and midcard Superstars before he would even have to face someone a second time.
This kind of thing would make Ryback look like a real monster instead of someone who calls off matches with Miz due to an injury.
Turn him into a biker. Bring back the ambulance. Have him be indoctrinated and thrown in with The Wyatt Family. There are a lot of things that could be done to spice up Ryback's character.
What do you thick could be done to improve Ryback?
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