On April 6th this year, the 6’3, 290lb Ryback made his televised debut on Smackdown, starting the trend of seeing off small-time local jobbers running their mouths, usually saying they’re the ‘next big thing in the WWE’, only to be bulldozed by the self-proclaimed ‘metal machine’ in under two minutes.
At first, it was all going well and looked to be building towards something bigger as various WWE superstars watched backstage, impressed with what they saw. Over the following weeks on Smackdown, Ryback continued to squash his opponents with brute force and little regard. In his Pay-per-view debut at Extreme Rules he was put up against local jobbers Aaron Relic and Jay Hatton in a 2-on-1 handicap match, and saw them off with embarrassing ease. He’s even made a step up to Raw, albeit in small matches.
But two months on he’s still doing the same old shtick, and it’s grown tiresome. Even the other superstars seem to have lost interest. And after it was recently announced the WWE are worried about their contracted superstars being injured by Ryback, the company have a conundrum on their hands. They’re left with an obviously very talented performer, but have no idea what to do with him. There’s only so long they can keep feeding him cringe-worthy no-name talent before the fans, and company, start to lose interest. To date, Ryback’s biggest opponents have been the ‘One-man Southern Rock Band’ Heath Slater, and Camacho at Over The Limit. The trend carried on at No Way Out with yet another handicap match squashed between the two main events.
So, what can the WWE do with their Terminator-esque creation? Despite the odd ‘Goldberg!’ chant resonating around arenas, he’s become a firm favourite with the WWE Universe, so it’d be a shame for him to fall at the first hurdle. After each bout he screams at the camera ‘Feed. Me. More!’ and more recently, has called for three opponents. But where’s this all leading to?
Here’s 4 ways WWE can solve a problem like Ryback. Click “next” below to read part 1..