Former WWE Superstar Ryback recently spoke with former WWE creative member Kevin Eck of Press Box Online to talk about his career and more. During the interview, he was asked about Goldberg returning to WWE and if there was any talk of a possible match between he and Goldberg.
Ryback stated that he thought Goldberg’s return generated excitement and that him beating Brock Lesnar in less than a minute at the Survivor Series PPV event made a great “holy s***” moment. He said that in today’s wrestling, there are few and far between surprise/shock moments. He stated that WWE did a great job by pulling it off. Regarding a possible match between Ryback and Goldberg, he stated that “It would have been nice to have had that opportunity, as I think a simple face-off would have been a cool sight for fans to see. I was simply told, “No,” it would never happen in my time there.”
Ryback didn’t leave WWE on the best of terms as in May of this year it was reported that WWE had sent him home from television due to a contract dispute. In August, WWE announced that they had parted ways with him. When asked about a possible WWE return, he noted that he has never been happier in his life by being off the road and that there is more to life than living in hotels and not having control to do other things in life. He said that WWE is a very negative and toxic environment at times and that he is happy working for himself now. “I never want to be away from home four-to-five days a week full time again, ever.”
Also in this interview, Ryback was asked about CM Punk’s negative comments towards him while on Colt Cabana’s podcast in November of 2014. Punk claimed that Ryback was an unsafe worker, and that was not intelligent during the podcast. Ryback stated that he recently spoke with Cabana and they talked about the podcast. According to Ryback, Cabana was very apologetic, even though he never said anything about him during the podcast. With Cabana apologizing for it, it meant a lot to Ryback because they always got along in the few encounters that they had. “I will never know why [Punk] chose to say the things he did, and it definitely didn’t help my career at that point. All I know is he was very banged up and miserable during the periods we worked together. I think people have to look at it this way: How many other people are out there saying that about me? I was always respectful of him in his time there, and before our runs together, he was always good to me.” Ryback stated that working in WWE has a way to bring out the worst in everybody and that he has since made jokes about Punk on Twitter because it’s fun to him to get a reaction from Punk’s fans. Ryback pointed out that if he were to ever run into Punk again, he would tell him that if he had ever hurt Punk in the ring that he is sorry but would tell him that it was not right thing to say the things that Punk said during the podcast about him. “Life is too short to hold grudges, and I truly wish him the best in his life.”
This is a really good interview and you can read it here.