Ryback got almost as over as Bryan in a lot less time. I like Bryan more, but that definitely says a lot about Ryback.
Not nearly. I was just watching Survivor Series and everything DB did got a reaction, they missed the boat by not letting him come out to his own theme song because that crowd, as most crowds do these days, love fuckin Daniel Bryan. Ryback on the other hand...got nada as he entered, he's growing on people and they like to chant "Feed Me More" but he's not really all that over, he's not "championship" over.
On the topic of whether to make Ry champ. My answer is an unequivocal NO. Here's my reasons:
1) His character is 1 dimensional and has tunnel vision
: He's been chasing the title since October, this is the ONLY storyline he's ever been apart of. The ONLY ONE. If you gave him the title...then what? Also, he failed to eliminate the Shield as a group, it was the perfect time to force single matches against each guy, instead they kept using Ry as main event fodder to get his experience together...which leads to....
2) He's inexperienced:
He's trying, and he's working with Punk which is I'm sure an education but he will have to work 20 minute matches at some point and he's not ready for that yet. His cardio is shit and his offense is rudimentary.
3) See my short response to the quote....he's simply not that over. He's was getting positive responses because people wanted to see Punk lose, not really because they wanted Ryback to win...there's a difference.
4) He's a "monster" face:
let's not be too confused between this and my first reason. They are similar but not the same. Ryback can't take pinfalls, he can barely handle losing. Monster faces are too hard to maintain and with the amount of TV they do it wil get excruciatingly boring. He's lost all his main events....but only been pinned once and that's because there was no way around it, he had to be pinned. Monster faces...like monster heels can't be pinned or made to look foolish or they lose mystique...especially when they don't have the ability to get themselves back over after losing.
5) His promos are terrible:
They just suck, he doesn't have it verbally and his mannerisms (huffing & puffing) don't help. This is why his character is one dimensional. He can't tap into anything else...only intense...that's it. The character has no depth.
They all blend together in some way but these are truths. Some of it can be covered by making him the WHC on SD, which if they insist on making him a world champion I suppose that'll do. I personally would rather he feud with Cesaro over the U.S. Title. Its significant, it gives him a goal, an opponent he can learn from, a pool of opponents to work with afterwards, more exposure and he can hold it and be dominant until he grows.