Returning from a ghastly staph infection on his right knee, Intercontinental Champion Ryback will be put to the test at SummerSlam when he defends the title against Big Show and The Miz in a Triple Threat Match.
The match was originally scheduled to happen last month at WWE Battleground, but was canceled when Ryback’s injury forced him onto the disabled list. With The Big Guy on the mend, both The World’s Largest Athlete and The Hollywood A-Lister have taken the opportunity to accuse the champion of dodging the title defense. Their separate vows to win the Intercontinental Title have also brought them into conflict, such as when Big Show dropped The Miz with a KO Punch at WWE Battleground.
Now that the match is back on the books, what can the WWE Universe expect from the always-unpredictable triple threat format, which stipulates a winning fall can occur without the champion being involved?
Big Show has pledged to knock out the juggernaut titleholder, while The Miz, on an upswing following his lead role in “Marine 4: Moving Target” and success on WWE Tough Enough, is eager to regain the championship he’s held four times before.
Despite struggling with injuries throughout his career, The Big Guy always seems to bounce back stronger — and with a more positive outlook — than before. But by stepping in the ring with WWE’s most feared giant and the boisterous yet sneaky Miz so soon after injury, is Ryback jeopardizing more than just his title at SummerSlam?