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Wrestling With The Future | Mojo Rawley or Zack Ryder

Joe Nocco




With The Hype Bros officially on the outs as a result of this week’s episode of SmackDown Live, who ya’ got going forward? Mojo Rawley or Zack Ryder?

While it appears as though The Hype Bros will head directly into a 1-on-1 feud on Tuesday evenings with Rawley already capturing the slight edge, it is still most certainly possible that either superstar comes out on top when all is said and done.

Mojo Rawley

Considering Ryder has already managed to seemingly outdo himself over the years, while most notably securing the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32, it is now time for his longtime counterpart to shine. Although The Hype Bros did reach a pinnacle as the No. 1 contenders for the SmackDown Live Tag-Team Championships at one time, the always competitive tag-team unfortunately never really lived up to the… hype.

Because Ryder has already seen his time come and go while becoming a middling superstar on Tuesday evenings, it is now 100 percent the right time for Rawley to make the leap under the WWE umbrella. In addition, there is no better time to make such a push occur as Rawley can perfectly use the demise of Ryder to his advantage upon making his way up through the SmackDown Live roster.

Although it will be tough for Rawley to make a serious title run before WrestleMania 34 in April, a series of wins over Ryder can still go a long way in his much-needed ascension.

Zack Ryder

Now, while Rawley is the easy choice here, not all is lost for the former Intercontinental Champion in Ryder. Yes, it is true that the veteran superstar’s time in the limelight has already come and gone, perhaps Ryder still has one last go-round at the top in him. Because Rawley is newer to the WWE, a loss after a competitive back-and-forth won’t totally sink his ship. However, if Ryder goes down without much of a fight, it will be hard for him to progress going forward.

On the other hand, with WrestleMania 34 now on the immediate horizon, maybe — just maybe — the tandem can parlay such a feud into a memorable pay-per-view match. It will definitely be hard to keep this thing going all the way until April but the Road to WrestleMania could be the perfect spot to boost the current reputation of both superstars, which is seemingly the best way to keep each afloat — especially Ryder.

Despite the fact that Ryder already has a very brief title reign on his résumé, if he is going to capture some gold ever again, his rise must come sooner rather than later with Rawley serving as a stepping stone early on in the process.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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