What did you think of Ryback's promo on WWE Raw?
Ryback's character turn as a "serious" heel intrigues me and I felt the pre-tape where he explained his attack on John Cena on this week's Raw was well done. There were some that clamored about it being a pre-tape but I thought this was important for a couple reasons. One, he could make sure he got his lines right, while also not worrying about the crowd reactions. I thought it was a nice touch how WWE included the past footage to give everyone a refresher of his history with John Cena. My biggest question, however, is where do they go from here? Cena just won the title back and his "redemption," so are we supposed to believe this reign is over next month to Ryback? If it's not, this is yet another pay-per-view loss for Ryback. What exactly has he won where we are supposed to take him seriously? The "feed me more" chants caught on despite the jobs but can he get over as an unstoppable monster if he doesn't walk away WWE Champion? A lot of questions remain and it will be interesting watching it unfold. We asked readers during WWE Raw what they thought of the promo and you can read select responses here at WrestlingNews.net.
What was the point of having Bo Dallas make such a strong showing at the Royal Rumble and beat Wade Barrett on Raw if there was no follow-up? Sometimes it feels like WWE wants us to completely forget certain things ever happened.
WWE wanted to see how Bo Dallas would get over on the main roster. He's one of their top developmental prospects that everyone has been raving about so the only way to give him a complete evaluation is to "throw him in the fire" so to speak. Dallas was gobbled up in the hype for Wrestlemania but this isn't a bad thing and was expected. Workers like Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and Ryback had to take a backseat to the Wrestlemania main events so obviously workers just breaking in had to go back even further. From a logic standpoint it made little sense for Bo Dallas to just "go away" but WWE banks on fans having a short memory so they are able to manipulate with programs they feel will sell.
Why is Jim Ross no longer the lead play-by-play man for WWE?
Vince McMahon made the decision to go with Michael Cole over Jim Ross, as Ross has gone on record multiple times saying it wasn't his decision to leave television. If JR can't give the reason why, there's no way I could do it and it would be unfair for me to speculate. Jim Ross still has a good relationship with WWE and is under contract. He does sporadic work at the NXT tapings and sells his BBQ sauce through WWE. I think JR is one of the greatest although Michael Cole has done a good job in replacing him. Cole got a lot of unwarranted heat due to a heel turn that ran too long and the fact he stepped into shoes that were impossible to fill. There will never be another JR but Cole knows his stuff and knows how to get things over the way WWE wants them. John Layfield was a phenomenal addition and I am a huge fan of the three-man booths with Jerry Lawler.
I'm lost with the writing of this week's Raw. Why does Wade Barrett go under to R-Truth if there is going to be a #1 contender battle royal? Why is The Shield involved in Cena vs Ryback? And why is Henry attacking Sheamus when last week he wanted a title shot? What are your thoughts on these storylines?
Remember when Wade Barrett, as Intercontinental Champion, was pinned clean by Bo Dallas when WWE was promoting the Intercontinental Championship Cup for WWE Main Event? They later canceled it but I was very critical of the booking because why should we care about the number one contender of the IC champion if he was pinned clean by a developmental prospect in a non-title match? Let's go back to your question and let me give you some short answers, then some further explanation. Welcome to WWE's view of their secondary titles, how do we turn Ryback heel and keep The Shield hot and we don't have enough confidence in Mark Henry to draw as a viable WWE Championship challenger. Creative plans change and right now things are in a state of flux as Wrestlemania programs are over and WWE has to figure out how to utilize their roster while also trying to prevent an inevitable drop off in interest. CM Punk needs time off, Chris Jericho is rejoining his band and The Rock is back to his movie schedule. This is why Brock Lesnar is getting a match at Extreme Rules, Undertaker is headed to London and they're granting Ryback's wishes to turn heel. I understand your confusion and wish I could provide a better explanation but the bottom line is WWE wants to keep interest while undergoing a transition of talent at the top.
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