Former WWE Superstar Ryback recently had some scathing remarks concerning WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Ryback was recently discussing the current WrestleMania/coronavirus situation on the Shooting Blanks Wrestling Report podcast with Raj Giri. The ‘Big Guy’ was asked about how WWE were reacting to the situation, considering that nearly every other major brand in sports had decided to postpone or cancel their seasons. This of course also included the XFL. WWE continue to broadcast live shows and are going ahead with WrestleMania 36 (at the time of writing).
Ryback on Vince McMahon
“At the end of the day, and this is just this is my personal opinion, Vince doesn’t give a f*ck about anyone except for his bank account” Ryback began. “That is me being there and talking to a lot of other people in different generations, at different times, that have worked there [WWE]. And just personally? Seeing how things operate and looking him in his eyes on many many occasions; and just instinctually knowing that I never want anything to do with this type of human being.”
“This is real life experience”
Ryback elaborated further, saying “that it. That’s just my opinion, and you you could have your feelings on it. This is real life experience. I don’t think he [Vince McMahon] cares. And I think he will…he’ll pretend that he cares but I don’t see it. The fact that they haven’t seen the other sporting organisations step up and say ‘we’re going to take care of this?’ They’re trying to figure out ways to run everything still. So that should tell you all that you need to know.”
“I was told to head home”
Ryback left WWE back in 2016, when it was announced in August that Ryan Reeves had parted ways with the company due to a ‘contract dispute.’ The ‘Big Guy’ himself cited a lack of equal pay for talent and creative frustration as primary reasons for his departure. Ryback wrote in his personal blog at the time: “Today I sit and fly home and for the first time in years feel absolutely free. I will start by saying I did request to be taken off of WWE television until myself and Vince could get a yes or no on a new deal. This has been going on since my IC Title run.”
“And had been nothing but a major strain on my life. As all I ever wanted to do was work for WWE. I was told to head home; until we agree or not agree to specific terms. Contrary to reports it isn’t over money or a bus. That stuff was settled a while ago. It comes down to a major problem I have with not only WWE but wrestling in general.”
If you use any of the quotes from this article please credit Ryback/Shooting Blanks Wrestling Podcast; with an h/t to Wrestlingnews.co for the transcription.