Former WWE superstar Ryback (Ryan Reeves) responded to others telling him that he failed in the main event in the WWE during a recent edition of his “Converstation With The Big Guy” podcast with co-host Pat Buck.
On people telling him that, Ryback had the following to say, “That always kind of upset me too, when people say I failed in the main event. I thoroughly succeeded in the main event and I proved myself. I was not put in the main event though to be the man. I was booked into an unfortunate situation where I’m pulled, I’m put into Cena’s spot, who Cena at the time was supposed to work Punk to put Punk over with all that. Put in that situation, where you take the undefeated streak and you put me in there. And also, at that point, I’d not had long matches and I could. I wrestled in developmental for years. That was never an issue. It was the image we’re creating on TV is this guy kills people and then you’re taking that and going against these local guys and whatnot, and then you’re putting me in the ring with a guy like Punk. And no offense to Punk, Punk was extremely talented and he’s a hell of a wrestler. And despite what people might think, I do respect him for his wrestling ability and the things that he did in the WWE. But you take me and how I look and you’re putting me in the ring with him after doing all that and now you’re asking us to do a whole different style and the people were not conditioned to that. And it was also horrible booking from that point on in my career. I think I lost the next seven pay-per-view matches or the next six. And during that time, I was the number two merchandise seller in the WWE, which a lot of people don’t know about.”
Ryback also discussed how wrestlers on the end of the “totem poll” should be pushed to succeed stating, “The WWE’s mission and goal should be, from top to bottom, from the lowest Superstar on the totem pole to the highest Superstar on the totem pole, is to go out there and make sure that each individual Superstar’s brand is as strong as possible. They should be invested from the lowest guy to the top guy. Everybody is f–king important in that company and it’s not fair. And you have your guys who are making your money because that is the way you’re portraying it and I get that, but everybody is important and for a guy to be limited and told no he can’t have outside opportunities, that only hurts your own brand from a company standpoint. The stronger your individual brands are, the stronger your company is. And I don’t think they understand that or they do and they just don’t care and it’s frustrating. And I’m not the only guy.”