I am taking the suggestion of Mr. Geno Mrosko. What suggestion? The one that he included in the WWE Monday Night Raw Reactions thread for this week's episode of Raw (The Go Home show to Extreme Rules, this Sunday May 19).
That suggestion was to ask the question, "Is Ryback a legitimate star at this point? -- And, "Why should we care about a Cena/Ryback feud?".
I make the argument that Ryback is indeed a legitimate star.
Why? Because his simple, dopey catchphrases, and anti-hero persona, are so easy to latch on to for a casual fan. "Feed Me More" and now "Ryback Rules", are so unbelievably low-brow that we should know they're going to catch on.
Also, Ryback is the most cartoonish gimmick on the roster. He is billed as "The Ryback", as if to suggest he some kind of genetic freak or something (pretty soon he'll be holding a mop like the toxic avenger). He really is over the top when you get down to brass tacks.
John Cena on the other hand, is the face of the company. The pandering mega-face who, by this point, has almost become a caricature of his own gimmick.
When you realize these things about both of these performers, a Cena/Ryback feud makes absolute sense. This title match is almost like the Super Hero/Villain fight in a comic book; think Superman/Lex Luthor, Spiderman/Venom.
This match has to happen now, simply so we can see our comic book hero (John Cena) defeat that dastardly villain (Ryback). It makes sense (trust me).
I for one am not exactly "excited" to see this match, but I am intrigued. And everyone else should be too, if only for the simple fact that it's a classic "Good guy vs. Bad Guy contest".
And that's good for the kids, and for the kid in all of us.
Those are my answers to the question posed by our General. What are yours, Cagesiders?