Ryback's Push Over?, Undertaker/CM Punk, WWE Title Thoughts, IWC Ruined Wrestling?

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Is Ryback's push over?

No, Ryback is still perceived as a main event talent in WWE, however, he is taking a backseat during Wrestlemania season. Wrestlemania 29 is being built around The Rock, Brock Lesnar and John Cena, obviously this could also include Triple H (Lesnar's possible opponent) and CM Punk (something I'll talk about in a minute) but other than that, the programs are secondary. I've been a loud critic of the booking of Ryback but he continues to fail up. I had serious questions about pushing him as the next Goldberg, mowing through enhancement workers only to never give him a clean victory in the top of the card. It appears WWE feels Ryback going under won't hurt him and he is more over now than ever. The booking goes against logic but there's no doubting that Ryback is over.

Is it a foregone conclusion that Undertaker will not work Wrestlemania 29? What happens with CM Punk?

We've been reporting for weeks that Undertaker was considering sitting this year's Wrestlemania out over money, not injury like everyone wants to speculate. While Undertaker isn't 100% (and probably won't be), he would be willing to work if he got desirable financial compensation. The fact that CM Punk (the talked about opponent for Undertaker) is still involved in John Cena vs. Rock tells me they are considering putting Punk in Cena vs. Rock as a triple threat if they can't come to terms with Undertaker. The stipulation to the match on next week's Raw gives them another week but it's looking more and more like Undertaker won't work Wrestlemania 29. However, it's not a foregone conclusion as Undertaker met with Vince McMahon and Triple H in Nashville about Wrestlemania last week.

What are your thoughts on the new WWE Championship title belt (high resolution photo here)?

Let me start by saying I'm shocked; I heard rumors prior to Royal Rumble the company was thinking about having The Rock debut their new WWE title belt, however, I'd given up. It was talked about so much for so long, I conceited to the attitude of I'll believe it when I see it. I didn't care how many people talked about it, I wanted tangible proof of a new belt. Here we are as the new title has officially been introduced. So now as my surprise dies down I'll admit I like the new title belt. The strap is a mix of tradition and contemporary styles and looks great. I love the negative reactions, with some people slamming the belt with every opportunity. These are the same people that have moaned and groaned for eight years about the "spinner" belt design. A change was long overdue and I'm thrilled with the new belt. We have photos here and here.

Do you think the IWC have ruined wrestling for themselves? I understand that everyone has their opinion and are entitled to it, however, it just seems to me that people always complain about something whether someone isn't getting pushed, the new title belt, or creative directions yet they keep tuning in the next week. What do you think?

The Internet Wrestling Community, or IWC, is one of the most passionate fan bases on the face of the earth. People that eat, breath and sleep quality pro wrestling and appreciate the art of the business. The IWC does not care to speak out when things drift too far to the mainstream and are always looking to offer a critical eye. I consider myself a member of the IWC and am thankful for my fellow IWCers that bring their passion to this business and this website. However, there are members of the IWC that are impossible to please as there are sects within any group or fan base that are impossible to please. By large, people don't like change and even fear the unknown or untested. This can explain some of the reactions to the new WWE title belt. The very people that called for the change are the people criticizing it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. The solution from some of these people seems to be to return to the old "winged-Eagle" belt but again, I think this has more to do with the fact that people don't like change.

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