After a wild finish, it was CM Punk that defeated Ryback via pinfall in one of the best matches on the 2013 WWE Battleground pay-per-view card.
Ryback was the latest Paul Heyman guy to step up and try protecting Punk’s former manager from his inevitable beatdown, but the former WWE champion was able to defeat the muscle-bound superstar Sunday night.
Punk used the distraction of Heyman to low blow Ryback and steal the victory.
While this should be the end of the storyline between Punk and Heyman, the Hell in a Cell PPV is too close to drop the angle completely. The company must either bring in another superstar to the stable or force Heyman to fight Punk one-on-one in the Hell in a Cell structure.
That would be a definitive end to the Punk vs. Heyman storyline.
Ryback’s loss at Battleground is just one of many that the former undefeated wrestler has faced so far in his short career. While he has the look to be a top star and has made vast improvements on the mic, the lack of viable victories is killing his character.
Instead of throwing the heel a bone by letting him beat Punk at a time where it wouldn’t hurt the former champion, the illogical booking continues. Punk is the bigger star and a win is always a big sell for the fans, but this match could have brought legitimacy to Ryback’s character.
After Hell in a Cell, it must be time for Punk to join sides with Daniel Bryan in the corporate storyline. The former champ is one of the most outspoken Superstars in history, and this storyline is perfect for his inclusion.
While it is understandable that the WWE wanted Bryan to shine on his own for awhile, standing tall with Punk could be another boost into the upper echelon for Bryan. It's what's best for business.
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