Back in December, Zack Ryder suffered a serious knee injury that put The Hype Bros tag team on the shelf, but Mojo Rawley found success on the grandest stage of them all. While Ryder was recovering from surgery, Rawley won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. After six months, the former finally made his return to WWE television and The Hype Bros reunited to beat the Colons during the WWE Money in the Bank PPV.
The Hype Bros may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they have been a solid babyface tag team ever since the two men aligned in NXT. Rawley and Ryder have a strong chemistry together that is unique to them, but a huge buildup to Zack Ryder’s WWE return only to fall back into the same role he was in before may not be the best use of the opportunity. Most people believe the winds of change are coming for Zack Ryder soon.
Zack Ryder still has a strong connection with the WWE Universe. He struck such a nerve back in 2012 with the fans that their loyalty to him has lasted five years. He won the Intercontinental Championship in Dallas at WrestleMania 32 out of nowhere, but the WWE Universe was along for the ride. His reign only lasted for one day, which doesn’t seem like WWE officials were ever planning Ryder’s push to be a long-term thing.
After so many years, the WWE Universe still believes that Ryder is owed a strong singles push. Zack’s return to SmackDown Live has reunited him as one-half of The Hype Bros. A lot of people are thinking that a heel turn is only a matter of time for Ryder, which could work considering Rawley is such a natural babyface.
Many fans would argue that WWE officials spent the past six months pushing Mojo Rawley as a face, which culminated with a huge win at WrestleMania 33. Jealousy could easily be Zack Ryder’s motivation for a heel turn. On paper, the key thing is to get solid heel heat on Ryder quickly. After that’s done, the WWE Universe should resent Ryder for his betrayal, and it will give Mojo a lot of sympathy from the fans in their rivalry.
The Hype Bros could continue their run in the tag team division. Rawley and Ryder would be successful and could even become the SmackDown Tag Team Champions someday. However, if WWE officials are looking to capitalize on Zack Ryder’s return to WWE and give him something to sink his teeth into, a heel turn could be the best thing for him. The powers that be are holding the cards, and we will see if they take a big chance.
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