There were plans for The Ultimate Warrior vs. Ryback at WrestleMania 30, at least that is what Ryback was told at the time. It’s hard to believe that Warrior would have wanted to wrestle at that stage of his life but WWE, according to Ryback, was at least considering the idea.
Ryback said the following on his podcast:
“Mark Carrano actually had showed me the WrestleMania card early. They kind of have an idea of what they wanna to do, obviously, ahead of time – and they had on it Ryback vs. Ultimate Warrior and I just said, ‘cool.’ But, in my head, at the time, it was during my heel deal, that first one, where it probably wasn’t gonna be a favorable position for me as far as all that but I was excited because I figured it was his one last moment in WWE. So, I thought it would be really cool. I didn’t think I would necessarily be the right guy for that, but I didn’t know what kind of shape he was in, if he could wrestle or not, but I 100 percent would have done it, because I always did everything that they asked me there.”
Ryback went on to say that he never went to get a finish changed and always played ball until the day that he left WWE. He said that Triple H had not broken through as a top guy when he jobbed to Warrior at WrestleMania XII. He said that he was a fan of him and felt like, “it would have been cool because it would have lived on forever” and because it would have been Warrior’s last moment. He said that he doesn’t think that WWE knew at the time what kind of shape he was in. Warrior had a hip issue so he likely would not have done it. Ryback said that the match was presented to him as a real thing but you never know for sure with WWE. He ended by saying, “I would have put him over with a smile on my face.”
Warrior’s wife, Dana, took to Twitter to refute what Ryback said:
Not true. It always saddens me when people tell untruths on a man's grave to promote their lives. Do your OWN work. Dana https://t.co/B4gFSmKljq
— Dana Warrior (@DanaWarriorWWE) July 14, 2017