Backstage Update On WWE's Plans For Jaxson Ryker

Here's what WWE has planned for the goober dribbler going forward.

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Jaxson Ryker will be pushed, promoted, and presented as a babyface going forward, reports PWInsider's Mike Johnson.

This week's episode of Raw saw WWE pipe cheers into the ThunderDome while Ryker was involved in a match with former tag team partner Elias. Per Johnson, Ryker has, indeed, turned face.

The former Marine scored a countout victory over Elias, who walked out on the match after around three minutes. Preceded by what looked to be a standard singalong Elias segment before Jaxson's interruption, it was set up the previous week, when Elias walked away from a tag match pitting him and Ryker against AJ Styles and Omos.

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Brought back to television in December 2020, long after his Forgotten Sons partnership with Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake had been dissolved, Ryker was placed alongside Elias as part of a new midcard heel act. He has since taken on the gimmick of an ex-Marine suffering from apparent PTSD, as referenced by Elias in this week's pre-match segment.

A WWE wrestler since May 2017, Ryker remains best known for a June 2020 Twitter flub that saw him attempt to capitalise on growing racial tensions in the United States to promote his wrestling catchphrase.

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