WWE fans looking forward to seeing Triple H face off against Ryback next year have been dealt a huge blow after it was revealed that the likelihood of the two crossing paths in the ring was scrapped by WWE.
According to reports, WWE officials had planned for the two to have a match in 2015, but now important personnel have suddenly changed their mind on the matter.
Triple H and Ryback were expected to have a match at Royal Rumble in January, but it's understood that the dwindling popularity of Ryback has seen a huge drop in the desire of WWE to make that match happen.
Bad news for Ryback
Reports have suggested that WWE's decision has come as a direct result of a recent match of Ryback's on Monday Night Raw. It's understood that the poor quality of the Ryback v Cesaro match played a part in the downfall of the potential Ryback v Triple match at Royal Rumble, a match which fans in the know had been looking forward to.
"There was talk of having the match at Royal Rumble, as a way to help build to a big Ryback match at WrestleMania 31," WrestleZone reported.
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"However, according to F4WOnline.com, WWE officials have soured on the idea of a Triple H vs Ryback match after Ryback’s recent Raw match against Cesaro."
CM Punk calls out Ryback
Meanwhile, Ryback has been in the WWE spotlight recently after CM Punk accused The Big Guy of deliberately breaking Punk's ribs during a match in the past.
Punk made the accusations as part of his revealing no holes barred interview on his acrimonious exit from WWE. But Ryback did not accept Punk's criticisms and fired back with his own response.
"Slander is a powerful thing and to state complete made up nonsense for no reason shows his insecurities," Ryback wrote on Twitter in response.
Ryback may have heard the end of his Royal Rumble match chances, but CM Punk has surely not heard the last of Ryback after those slanderous comments. Watch this space.