Courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
Ryback spoke with NorthJersey.com yesterday to promote WrestleMania 29. Here are some highlights:
Being a part of WrestleMania this year:
“Last year, I was sitting there watching in the stands as I was coming back from a big injury, and it was kind of still up in the air what we were going to do with [my character]. I was remaining positive, but I told myself last year ‘this was the last one that I’m sitting out [and] I’m going to be a part of the rest of them.’ It was such a horrible feeling not being a part of it.”
LordsofPain.net reporter Michael Bluth writes that Ryback spoke to the College Times this week to hype tonight’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Here are some highlights of the interview:
How much input he’s had in the evolution of his character:
“I was very vocal in that, actually. A lot of people don’t know that I was Ryback before I was Skip Sheffield down in the developmental territories. It was a name I came up with and created, as far as when I was away from the WWE. ‘Skip Sheffield’ was presented to me by Dusty Rhodes. It was something I don’t regret ever having happened because it did happen [and] that’s what got me to the WWE initially. I cannot tell you enough how glad I am to not be doing that right now. What you see now is me. I’m a very intense individual in real life in everything I do. I set goals and I attack them with the intensity you see on TV.”
Which title belt is he hungry for?
Right now, the WWE Championship and the Heavyweight Championship. I made my 2013 vision board, my goal board, and I have 13 goals for 2013 that are going to be accomplished. That is one of my main goals—becoming the WWE and World Heavyweight Champion. They’re both of equal importance to me.
Who his closest friends are in WWE:
“I get along with everyone to some degree. I travel alone, though, and Stone Cold Steve Austin always said, ‘Don’t trust anybody.’ He didn’t just say that to say that. I always say, there are sharks swimming with dolphins. There are a lot of sharks in the WWE. You gotta be wary of everybody. Wade Barrett, though, still to this day is one of my friends that I keep in contact with and talk to a lot up there, and Daniel Bryan, believe it or not, I tend to get along pretty well with. I’m not there to make friends. Razor Ramon/Scott Hall used to always say, ‘You can make money or you can make friends.’ I’m here to make as much money as possible and put out a great productfor WWE and that’s my goal.”
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of The Score Television Network and the Baltimore Sun spoke with WWE superstar Ryback. Here are the highlights:
- Discusses the release of his new downloadable character (DLC) for the WWE ’13 video game.
- Talks about his frustrations during his previous stint in WWE as Skip Sheffield, a member of Nexus: “I was going by a name I did not choose and did not like. It was not me.”
- Addresses suspicions that his “Feed Me More” chant came out of his season on Tough Enough where his cast-mates constantly remarked on his gigantic appetite: “It’s actually not, but it pops me that this has become my catchphrase.”
- Provides his opinion on the incessant Goldberg comparisons that plagued him during his undefeated streak: “It never bothered me. I knew that I would set myself apart from him as time moves on.”
- Gives his thoughts on who he’d like to face at Wrestlemania 29.
How to Make a Monster
The beginner’s guide to Ryback, the WWE superstar who’s headlining Hell in a Cell
Written by The Masked Man from Grantland.com.
Sunday night, Atlanta, Georgia. It’s Hell in a Cell time, kids. It’s a night of gruesome determinism, a pay-per-view built around a match that takes place in a rough cross between the Thunderdome and an S&M dungeon, and the rules are only incidental to the proceedings. It’s a marathon of pain and violence, the only match in the WWE playbook that advertises actual physical peril: Two men enter, one man leaves. Inside that cage on Sunday will be your WWE champion, CM Punk, but facing him will not be his longtime rival, John Cena, nor will it be Sheamus or Randy Orton or Daniel Bryan or any other opponent vetted with wrestling experience and well-crafted backstories. Instead, his opponent is Ryback, and even though there’s something vaguely familiar about this adversary, if you haven’t been following wrestling closely since WrestleMania, you probably have no idea who that is. So how the hell did Ryback end up in such a big match?
THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE is entirely overrated in fake wrestling.
Too often, bookers yank something they’ve built to because it’s perceived that “everyone knows.” That’s why TNA stopped building toward Roode vs. Storm for the title at BFG. “Everyone knew” Storm was going to win the belt. Maybe so, but THAT’S WHAT THEY WANTED.
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