Ryback was interviewed on the Zach McCrite Show for 107.7 Sports Radio on Tuesday. He had some things to say about CM Punk’s comments last week. As noted, Punk talked about getting injured on different occasions when he wrestled Ryback. He also referred to Ryback as the “steroid guy.” Here’s what Ryback said:
“I don’t want to harp on this but I will say, the comments about me are not accurate, about me, definitely. It’s a little disappointing to hear that. He was never like that to my face and to hear the things that he said, especially behind my back to Vince, it’s very disturbing to me. Things did not go ideal for me after that time period that we had wrestled. I stuck around, I hung out, I showed up day in and day out. I did my job and turned things around. He goes on record saying I broke his ribs on purpose. That’s not true…and if it was, if he says that it happened, you know, he never did anything about it if he’s this big bad tough guy. But it never happened. You got a roster full of WWE talent that knows the real Ryback and everyone knows the truth. What he said is not the truth. I wish him the best. I’d like to think that he would be thankful for everything he had in WWE and I was the one that, for lack of a better word, put him over time and time again and then he walked out and left. He was beaten up, he had his issues. I don’t think anyone’s gonna question walking away being beaten up but people say ‘what does he have to lose by saying what he does.’ I think he’s making excuses. He wants people to feel sorry for him for leaving. He walked away and left and just man up. He needed time off. We all get beat up, we all get hurt. I was hurt for 7 months before I needed to get surgery and I say, at the end of the day, be thankful for everything you have from WWE. With any job there’s good and bad. Focus on the good. Don’t be bitter cuz who knows whats gonna happen down the line. I wish him the best and I don’t wanna sit there and get into a war of words. It’s not good for anybody and hopefully we’ll see him down the line.”
Ryback also talks about being a workout freak since he was a kid and liking pro wrestling at a very young age. He said that he was always focused on sports. You can listen to the full interview at this link.
The Punk story was covered today by ESPN’s Grantland. You can check it out at this link.