Join Date: Aug 2011
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Re: Hate him or love him. Ryback is over
Ryback's character is enigmatic, he has a good build and his "no bullshit, straight forward kick-ass machine" gimmick makes sense. Furthermore, they gave him a pretty cool entrance, and his progression gives the fans a sense of direction and promise that big things will come out of his push. I think there's more value in the journey than the end goal, where fans generally lose interest in upcoming talents due to the WWE's booking usually being hotshotted and clumsy, the gradual slowburn of a Ryback making his way through the ranks helps build an emotional investment to his character.
Goldberg was built up the same way, and it worked. What some people fail to realize is that fans didn't catch on to Goldberg right away, it took a while before grasping that this guy was WCW's kayfabe solution to dismantling the NWO regime, and the streak was something we've never seen before.
That's the problem with Ryback, people associate him with Goldberg due to the similar formula, but if the WWE incorporate enough unique elements to Ryback,comparisons may eventually quell. I also think that the WWE needs to create strong oposition for Ryback, if they created an unstoppable heel or stable, it would make fans see Ryback as the guy that could finally take said threat down. The key is for people to care about what he's doing, squashing guys left and right is fine in the early stages, but then he'll have to move on to a bigger purpose for fans to truly invest.
Last edited by Timber Timbre; 08-14-2012 at 11:08 PM.