WWE News: Ryback Teases Working Elsewhere Amid ‘Wrestlemania 32’ Frustration

WWE superstar Ryback is not too pleased with his current role with the company and would consider working elsewhere to prove his ability, the muscular competitor told Dubai radio personality Myles earlier this week.

At Wrestlemania 32, just a few weeks ago, Ryback faced WWE United States champion and Lucha Dragons member Kalisto for the title. However, their bout was relegated to the Wrestlemania kickoff show, thus leaving Ryback off the main portion of the show once again. While some may be content with just having a spot on professional wrestling’s biggest event of the year, Ryback is frustrated with his placement.

“To be quite honest, absolutely not. The last three WrestleMania’s have not been great. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on that but it would’ve been nice to be on the show where both of us belong. The US Title definitely belongs on there. Hopefully next year, if there is a next year, that it will be a better experience.”

Ryback made his main roster re-debut two nights after Wrestlemania 28 in 2012. He had missed the previous two years after suffering a severe leg break in the summer of 2010 under his former Skip Sheffield moniker. There have been several different takes on the Ryback character as both a heel and babyface.

Since Ryback’s Wrestlemania debut three years ago against Mark Henry at Wrestlemania 29, “The Big Guy” has not competed in a significant match at the event since. At Wrestlemania XXX, Ryback competed in a pre-show fatal four-way tag team match and the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal on the main card. The following year at Wrestlemania 31, Ryback once again competed in Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal; the match was a part of the pre-show.

Ryback during his Wrestlemania debut three years ago. [Image via WWE]
Ryback during his Wrestlemania debut three years ago. [Image via WWE]
In the leadup to Wrestlemania this year, the Las Vegas, Nevada native expressed his desire to be presented as one of WWE’s top performers. A former Intercontinental champion, Ryback has hovered around the company’s mid-card since mid-2013, which was the end of his WWE championship pursuit.

Floundering through a tag team with Curtis Axel — known as “RybAxel” — Ryback eventually found his way back to singles competition, but is yet to reach full-time main event status. He recently even changed his look from the colorful singlets to traditional black trunks. It’s all a part of Ryback’s mentality to prove his worth to the WWE.

“Absolutely. And that is what each and every day I go out there and prove my worth and that I am a once in a lifetime WWE Superstar. I am The Big Guy, the best big guy in the world and there is nobody like me. But I will continue to plug away and be the best version of me each and every day and hopefully at the end of the night, I’m where I belong.”

Ryback during his run as WWE Intercontinental champion last year. [Image via WWE]
Ryback during his run as WWE Intercontinental champion last year. [Image via WWE]
It seems that WWE is moving in a different direction, especially with the infusion of younger talent from the company’s developmental program NXT. With his opportunity to potentially be one of WWE’s most dominant forces gone by the wayside, Ryback is teasing taking his talents elsewhere.

“I’ve heard in this business hard work doesn’t always pay off. So maybe The Big Guy has to go find another world where that does pay off. But you work really, really hard at something and you dedicate yourself, and you sometimes have to be told you’re somewhere else. That’s a tough pill to swallow time and time again but I’ve never stopped believing in myself and I never will. Next year should undoubtedly be a big year for The Big Guy.”

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