Damien Sandow Treatment, CM Punk's PPV Losses, Ryback Not Over, What Happened To Ziggler's Push

Does Damien Sandow have heat? He's lost pretty much every single match since Money in the Bank and the latest have been in less than five minutes. What's up?

Damien Sandow is 2-12 in singles matches since WWE Money in the Bank on July 13, 2013 (credit IWD for the stats), which includes a dark match loss to Sin Cara. I can't explain why WWE does this but I can speculate it's the "tear him down" before "building him back up" theory. I'm not sure what the thinking is behind it but we can assume the company wants him as under the radar as possible so it's a surprise when he "cashes in." There was actually talk about having Sandow cash in at WWE Night of Champions, which obviously didn't happen. I am not aware of any backstage heat and believe this is the plan as the "long-term" briefcase holder.

Does CM Punk have heat backstage and is he being punished for something as he has lost every PPV match except one? Is he no longer a top guy in the company?

CM Punk is still a top guy in WWE but has clearly taken a backseat to Randy Orton in the absence of John Cena. I don't like all of his losses on pay-per-view and was particularly upset with what happened at WWE Night of Champions. WWE wants to keep Punk's feud with Paul Heyman going, I get that. However, did he really need to take another loss for another attempt to make Ryback relevant? I don't care about the story at this point, the loss was bad and shouldn't have happened.

I've read that you feel like Ryback hadn't gotten over but I disagree when he was facing CM Punk last year the Goldberg chants stopped and they only started when he turned heel… So doesn't that prove that Ryback is over as a top heel?

No, Ryback is not over as a top heel. There have been small glimmers of hope in the Ryback character but they were short-lived. He's had opportunities to take it to the next level but hasn't taken the leap. One match that I brought up on Monday in the comments area was his bout against Chris Jericho at Money in the Bank in July. Let's just consider the opportunity. You have a guy in Jericho that has had some of the best matches of the year and is determined to help WWE get the new guys over. The perfect opportunity for Ryback to emerge, right? Well he didn't and the match was average at best. If Ryback can't take the step when being spoon fed Jericho, then when can he take that step? We've seen the program with CM Punk and I'm not interested in seeing it again.

It seems that Dolph Ziggler chasing the United States title is a downgrade from him being in the World Heavyweight Championship hunt. What happened to his push?

Things went from bad to worse for Dolph Ziggler. After receiving what we can now term the "Damien Sandow treatment," WWE finally pulled the trigger on his push as World Heavyweight Champion. However, a concussion halted his push and ended his title reign prematurely. He came back but got into the company doghouse with comments made leading up to SummerSlam. Now he's in the hunt for a mid-card title. The good news is Zigger is still in a program; the bad news is it is a significant downgrade from the World Heavyweight Championship.

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  • Dave Barton

    Honestly, there was a time I’d say Ziggler and Sandow look weak for the constant up-and-down on the card and for their records lately, but I put all the blame on WWE booking. I think it makes the “powers that be” look weak in their decision making & storyline planning.

  • savokes

    Richard, correct me if I am wrong here, but…If my memory serves me correct, didn’t Swagger (who many think shouldn’t have even been on TV or even in WWE anymore because of his 2nd/3rd DUI, and has a history of being unsafe in the ring or botches often) cause Dolph’s concussion? And if so, shouldn’t “the powers that be” be held accountable for that and not take an opportunity away from Dolph for something out of his control? Granted, his punishment for his whining and complaining before SS is warranted…but I hate when guys lose their spot because of injury when the person who caused the injury is a sub-par superstar…just my humble opinion

  • Xavier

    Sandow will be fine. There is no need to worry about him, he’ll be champion soon and when that happens this whole losing streak angle will be long forgotten.

    I agree with you Richard on CM Punk. His match at NOC should of been kept a 1 on match with Punk getting the win over Axel only to be attacked afterwards by Ryback. That way you keep the feud between Punk & Heyman going while also protecting Punk in the process.

    However, I disagree with you on Jericho however. I don’t he’s last run was all that good at all. Honestly, and I know most will disagree here but I felt this latest run by him was a flop. Jericho putting Fandango over at Mania has done nothing to elevate his career so why would you expect it to elevate Ryback’s. Jericho lost so much during his last stint here that beating him wasn’t a big deal at all. As far as Ryback is concerned the dude was super over from September of last year up until the point they turned him heel despite not winning on PPV. Usually I’m not one to blame Vince/WWE creative for a wrestler’s failures but in this case some of the blame has to be placed on them for the way they have handled him since last year. They pushed him way too soon when his skills still needed more fine tuning for starters, Secondly once they decided to push him anyway they booked him in situations where he couldn’t win. But to say the guy wasn’t over is way off, the FEED ME MORE chants became much louder then the GOLDBERG chants. Had McMahon decided to go with the original plan of putting Ryback over Big Show for the title at Mania I’m pretty sure Ryback would still be over huge as a babyface right now.

    Ziggler is super talented and hell of fun to watch in the ring but he needs to stop crying & complaining on the internet all the time about his push, Orton, Cena, where he’s at on the card and get back to the basics again, WRESTLING. Ziggler should take notes from Daniel Bryan, Bryan worked his ass off to get to where he is without complaining or b*%$hing and he’s at the top right now which goes to show that working hard and staying humble trumps internet self loathing every time. I’m sure once Ziggler is out of the doghouse which seems to will happen sooner rather then later he’ll be fine.

  • steve2

    If they stick with this new Ryback angle, I think he’ll be huge. I was cracking up at Heyman’s apparent man-crush for ryback. I can see this going for a while as Heyman manipulates him to do his bidding. Then Heyman messes up and gets caught bullying someone. Ryback flips out, bring back Lesnar to defend Heyman, Ryback turns face, battle of the big dudes.

  • Austin “no username” Jones

    So are we going to get a Ryback hate question every day now? And I fail to see how Jericho jobbing to him means anything. Jericho’s jobbed to everyone and their mother his last two runs, a win over Jericho means nothing at this point and it helps no one get over.

  • Justin

    I feel badly for Ziggler. It’s a shame that he got a concussion.

  • Jay El Bee

    I’m not sure what match quality has to do with Ryback being over or not, seeing as how he was extremely over for about 6 months and all he did was squash jobbers to get there.

  • TheBigKing1

    Richard, even though we talked yesterday, I still disagree with your opinion on Ryback. I don’t feel he would’ve got over with the feud with Jericho, because for 1, he was turned into Cry-back. Asking to stop the matches and stuff like that. It was comical. I couldn’t take him seriously.

    However, this bully gimmick fits very perfectly with him as a heel. I agree with the guy yesterday that said he was super over as a face a year ago. Now he’s trying to get his foot in with this heel persona, and I believe if you give it some time, he will be a dominant force to reckon with….and if all else fails, he can always go back to a face, and see if he can get over again. We will see. I am looking forward to it.

  • Razmos

    I dont see why people bother with Ryback questions, Richard hates Ryback with a passion, never gives him a chance, im thinking Ryback once took Richards dinner money back in school.