WWE Superstar Ryback is reportedly set for another main-event push, while John Cena is out injured.
Ryback previously wrestled as the unsuccessful Skip Sheffield, who was a part of the Nexus. He had been in line for a main-event push after the Nexus angle was finished however he was injured before the angle was over and missed over a year of action.
He was repackaged as Ryback after he recovered from the injury and made his WWE debut as Ryback in the summer of 2012 when he spent a number of months squashing independent wrestlers in handicap matches.
Ryback’s first main event match came in October 2012 when he faced CM Punk for the WWE Championship in a Hell in a Cell match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. CM Punk had originally been slated to face John Cena but an injury to Cena meant Ryback had to be used as a replacement.
Ryback’s first main event run of matches versus CM Punk were largely disappointing and did Ryback came out of the feud worse than when he went in. Failing to beat CM Punk on TV on multiple occasions made Ryback look weak, while CM Punk’s legitimate injury at the hands of Ryback made Ryback look bad in the eyes of the WWE officials.
Ryback’s decline continued with a disappointing loss to Mark Henry at WrestleMania in one of the most boring WrestleMania matches in history. His feud versus John Cena caused many fans to believe Ryback would never have another main-event push.
These fans are wrong however, as Ryback will be given a main-event push this year after a face turn. WWE will test Ryback as a baby-face main-eventer this winter and it will likely be decided after this push whether Ryback will ever be a main-eventer.
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