Ryback & The WWE Title, Punk vs. Lesnar, Buying Axel But Selling Ryback, Cena/Daniel Bryan

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When is WWE finally going to pull the trigger and put the belt on Ryback? They built him up as an unstoppable face, and now as a monster heel, only to never put the belt on him after multiple chances. I think it's about time they do it. Your thoughts?

It's over. Ryback's program for the WWE Championship is over for now and they're going with John Cena vs. Mark Henry as seen on this week's Monday Night Raw. I do not like the way Ryback's been booked and think it's a prime example of what not to do. Ryback should have never been a babyface but WWE needed a name to work in the main event. The problem is no one felt Ryback was ready to carry the torch as WWE Champion. As a result, they continually put him under but he managed to get over. Now what? Anything other than working Cena or the incumbent WWE Champion is a step backward unless they program him for the World Heavyweight Championship, which doesn't appear likely with the double switch between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler.

What are your thoughts on CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar?

I am high up on a CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar and expect an entertaining program. Nothing against Triple H, but his program with Lesnar was overkill and I'm relieved to see Lesnar working with someone else. The booking does get tricky, as a very solid argument could be made about why neither needs to go under.

Any opinion behind why it is was easier for fans to get behind the Michael McGillicutty/Curtis Axel change, and not the Skip Sheffield/Ryback transition? Do you think it's only due to Heyman, or do you think fan prefer more realistic characters?

Let's not sell Ryback short. He's managed to get over in a big way despite not being booked prominently. However, it's no secret that Ryback has become an IWC punching bag for obvious reasons. While he's got the stereotypical "WWE look," he hasn't really shown much else. Curtis Axel, on the other hand, provides a unique sense of nostalgia because of his father and presents attributes more palatable to hardcore fans. I can't help but see Mr. Perfect when I watch Axel wrestle and if there's one thing wrestling fans love, it's nostalgia. Why do you think there's so much excitement for Rob Van Dam's return? Paul Heyman doesn't hurt things and Ryback would have been much better suited with a mouthpiece. I had suggested a Zeb Colter pairing but that has gone to Antonio Cesaro, as awkward as it seems.

What do you think of a potential babyface vs. babyface feud between Daniel Bryan and John Cena?

I am all for a Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena feud and think Bryan has more than proved his worth to work in the top of the card, however, will fans buy him as a viable threat to the WWE title? Only time will tell but Bryan has had success in every gimmick he's been given so far. As for the immediate future, Mark Henry will oppose Cena.

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