On June 16, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, John Cena will defend his WWE Championship against Ryback in the third ever Ambulance match in WWE history. It will be showcased during the brand new annual pay-per-view, Payback. For those who are unfamiliar with an Ambulance match, the winner must throw their opponent into the back of an ambulance and close the doors. Other than that, it is complete chaos: no disqualifications, no count outs, no pin-falls or submissions. Basically, aside from the objective of the match, there are no rules.
So how will this year’s match between John Cena and Ryback compare to the two previous Ambulance matches?
The very first Ambulance match to take place in the WWE featured Kane and Shane McMahon beating the living hell out of each other at Survivor Series 2003. Although Kane went on to win the match in convincing fashion, it was Shane who managed to capture the hearts of millions with his endless acts of resiliency and the number of memorable bumps he took while squaring off against the big red monster.
WWE’s second and most recent Ambulance match took place at the 2012 Elimination Chamber PPV in which John Cena defeated Kane in a less than stellar, 21 minute main event. The overall feud between the two WWE veterans was dull and in the end, pointless, which is likely why the match lacked popularity amongst the WWE Universe.
In their very first meeting at Extreme Rules 2013, John Cena defended his WWE Title against Ryback in a Last Man Standing match. The WWE wisely booked the two behemoths to wrestle to a no-contest draw. The tie resulted in John Cena retaining the title and prevented Ryback from losing his seventh straight
PPV match. While many fans thought Cena vs. Ryback would be a major disappointment, both Superstars showed tremendous chemistry and individual skill, which resulted in one of the most exciting matches of the year, so far.
When it comes to Payback, the WWE are in a tricky position. Do they really want Cena to drop the title so quickly after defeating The Rock and gaining “redemption” at WrestleMania 29? I wouldn’t think so.
On the other side of the card, Ryback is supposedly viewed as an “unstoppable monster”, but has not recorded a win in his last seven PPV matches. With that long of a PPV winless streak, Ryback doesn’t look or feel so monstrous anymore, huh?
In a few weeks at Payback, John Cena and Ryback will go one-on-one for the WWE Title in the third Ambulance match in WWE history. While it may be difficult and unlikely to top the classic battle between Kane and Shane McMahon in the very first Ambulance match at Survivor Series, there is no doubt in my mind that Cena and Ryback can put forth a better performance than last year’s Ambulance match.
These two Superstars have the potential and a phenomenal opportunity to steal the show and make Payback a night to remember. If booked correctly, Payback could be one of those PPV events that fans can look forward to each and every year. Considering this is a brand new event, John Cena and Ryback must make a good first impression.