WWE: What Could the Future Hold for the Returning Mason Ryan?

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2011

Mason Ryan man-handles U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler
Mason Ryan man-handles U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler

At the dawn of 2011, Mason Ryan made his shocking debut as part of the New Nexus, joining forces with cult leader CM Punk and his fellow followers. Upon his surprising arrival WWE, Ryan was immediately coined as the "Batista look-a-like" merely due to his very similar Welch comparison to the Animal.

As time progressed, it was a bit anticlimactic to see Ryan take on a smaller role in the group, especially when he was subsequently punted in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania 27 at the hands of the sadistic Randy Orton.

Although a face turn was signaled earlier this May after being verbally abused by Punk, no such thing came to fruition following their defeat to then-WWE Tag Team Champions Big Show and Kane at the Over the Limit event. In late June, Ryan was sidelined indefinitely after suffering an undisclosed injury over the weekend, effectively dismissing him from the New Nexus stable.

Last month, Mason Ryan returned to action successfully in a match against JTG on WWE Superstars. Only a few weeks later, Ryan made his anticipated return to television in a controversial manner, but not in the fashion many would have thought.

During the six-man tag team match contest between Air Boom and Zack Ryder against United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, the Welch sensation emerged from the back to reveal an apparent new partnership with manager Vickie Guerrero. Instead, Ryan would turn on Ziggler and Swagger upon entering the ring, much to the appeal of the audience, solidifying his rumored face turn in the process.

Last Monday, Mason Ryan once again emerged victorious in another multi-man tag team match, displaying a newly developed arsenal against his opponents. Personally, I was impressed with how much Ryan has improved since we've seen him last, even though he still may be quite limited in the ring.

However, one must wonder as to whether Ryan's recent string of winnings will affect his hunt for the United States Championship in coming weeks. I don't believe the championship will benefit Ryan by any means, but using him in small does such as last week certainly will.

With Big Show's recent return to WWE, I worry that Ryan's sheer size will be overshadowed by that of Show's on Monday nights. Ryan has a lot to offer if used correctly, despite his mic skills obviously not being his strong point.

Originally, I was hoping to see Mason Ryan come back as the monster he once was, but can you recall Batista's original face turn back in 2005? He went on to become World Heavyweight Champion within weeks and subsequently, one of the biggest draws in the company.

Of course, I'm not predicting that the former New Nexus member will go on to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship in three weeks, but he could still be utilized as a dominant force on the flagship show. A feud with the debuting Brodus Clay could do wonders for both behemoths, as well a rivalry with any other mid-carder on the roster.

I do in fact realize that Ryan does garner a lot of heat from the IWC due to his less-than-desirable skills on the mic and the ring, but I for one believe that Ryan should be given a rightful chance to exhibit what he can accomplish with his recent face turn.

If WWE manages to correctly hide his inaccuracies while continuing to improve in all areas, I could certainly see him receiving a reasonable push in the very near future.

Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and make sure to drop a comment regarding your thoughts on Mason Ryan and what the future could hold for the rising Superstar. As always, your criticism and overall feedback are greatly appreciated.

GSM out.


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