Former WWE Official Wes Adams, has published a new column at PWMania.com. Adams goes in-depth and talks about “the sad story of Ryback,” how WWE destroyed their organically grown superstar that they’ve been waiting for, and why he may have backstage heat.
Here is an excerpt from his article:
“The WWE’s organically grown superstar that they’ve been waiting for all this time was destroyed forever in a matter of months. As soon as Cena threw him out of the Royal Rumble, everyone was told that this guy wasn’t as good as Cena. Then Ryback is thrown into a feud with Mark Henry. Great idea, and the weightlifting challenge segments were fun to watch. But Ryback lost any chance of getting his momentum back when he dropped Mark Henry and lost at WrestleMania 29. So from there, WWE is panicking and don’t know what to do with him. They turn him heel. Start a ridiculous crybaby gimmick that is so terrible that people are calling him Cryback. Then they start turning him in to a bully, obviously influenced by the Impact Wrestling character Bully Ray.”
“They try to make him a Paul Heyman guy, but only after a few weeks, that is stopped and he is being phased out of TV because “he has backstage heat”. Why does he have backstage heat? Well I sure as hell don’t know but from what I have read, WWE feels he has a negative backstage attitude. Well holy tap dancing shit WHY SHOULDN’T HE HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE???
Review of the December 4, 2013 edition of WWE Main Event:
Goldust Def. Ryback Via DQ
This was supposed to be the big match that really feel flat. Goldust has done some good matches in the past and really on his game but Ryback’s style didn’t flow well. It looks like with the Wyatt Family and The Shield already in a program that we will get these guys taking on the champions. Most likely at the TLC PPV.
The Usos Def. Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal
A fun tag match but we have seen so many times that it just feels like filler. The Uso’s are mega over and proven they go with anyone in the tag division. 3MB needs to be repackaged in serious way.
Ryback recently spoke with IndiaTimes.com while in Mumbai promoting WWE 2K14. He talked about how much he eats:
“I eat all the time. I eat everything from chicken to steak to egg whites. I’m on the run all the time and if I stop at a restaurant, I order at least two omelettes with chicken. I eat eight to 10 times a day. And I work out for three hours, with yoga and stretching, strength or weight training and conditioning. Everyone has different genetics, and I come from a larger family. Some people are built skinnier naturally. You just have to eat a lot and then work out.”
Recap courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
Ryback was recently interviewed by Brian Soscia of The Mix in Philadelphia. Here are some highlights:
When did he decide to become a wrestler: “All my life growing up [he was a fan]. When I was around 13. [he wanted to become a wrestler] My first real memory of attending a live event, I went to one when I was about five or six. It was headlined by Hogan and Andre. All I really remember was the yellow tights and the black singlet. I was a little too young to take it all in and remember it. But when I was 13 I won front row tickets and I got to go backstage and I was the guest bell ringer. I won a bunch of free WWE merchandise. I still have it, it’s sitting at home, my official WWF bell hammer, or whatever, to ring the bell. I bet they don’t even have anymore. That was the moment I knew I wanted to be a WWE Superstar. I didn’t know how. I didn’t know what path I was going to take to get there but thankfully it all worked out and here I am.”
Courtesy of Marc Yeager, writer for www.wrestleenigma.com.
On RAW we saw the continuation of the feud between Chris Jericho and Ryback through a match Ryback had against Miz where at the match’s conclusion Ryback took a Codebreaker from Jericho. It was very simple stuff that furthered the hype for their match at Money in The Bank. Once that match ended, it left a bad taste in the mouth of some fans and even worse, it could’ve soured some fans towards Ryback permanently. It’s not as if Ryback critics didn’t exist before this all happened, but now they have another reason to state that he just won’t do as the top monster in WWE.
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?