Former WWE Superstar Ryback recently commented on WWE continuing to tape shows during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. It was announced last week that WWE were part of the ‘essential’ media services, meaning that they could continue to tape footage at the Performance Center in Florida. Ryback would describe the company, and specifically Vince McMahon, as playing a “very dangerous game.”
“And this is the game that Vince…this is what I was saying it’s a very very dangerous game” Ryback would begin on his Conversation With The Big Guy podcast. “The reason why Vince is getting criticism on this? When you look it at from the business aspect of it? Everything they were doing for me is business as normal. The problem that a lot of people have is? We know that Vince has been very bad for a long time, and he’s mistreated wrestlers for far too long.”
Ryback would then elaborate further, describing how McMahon has created an empire on ‘performer’s backs.’ “And yeah, don’t get me wrong, he’s created opportunities for people and he creates jobs for people” Ryback stated. “There’s a good way to do business, and a bad way. He hasn’t done this the most ideal way, and I think it’s common knowledge. So what’s happened people, this guy that has created billions off the backs of the men and women that has made him who he is? The first time sh*t hits the fan, he’s cutting losses everywhere.”
The ‘Big Guy’ would then move on to talk about the recent layoffs and furloughs by WWE. With the company reportedly having the opportunity to actually keep a number of talent on the books, Ryback feels that McMahon never really ‘has their backs’ and that’s why he fired them. “He doesn’t have anyone’s back, that’s the problem that these fans…they can’t necessarily put that into words. But I can and that’s what’s happening. I feel like, with a good sense of the way he’s done business for too long, and that not even given guys a few months to wait it out? It’s cut losses right away. It’s a really really unfortunate thing. From a business aspect? I understand it, but I think knowing what we know about him [McMahon], you would like to see a sign of something that shows he has a soul inside of him. Again when you’re at that level though? He’s cutthroat. It is what it is.”
It has not been confirmed if WWE will be bringing back any of the talent or backstage personnel who were released last week. There has been speculation that the likes of Heath Slater, Fit Finlay and Sarah Logan will be returning to the company at some point. This however has not yet been confirmed.