WrestleMania 32 has now come and gone, and WWE is moving onto new feuds, the next Pay-Per-View, and the rest of the year. Well, there is still one wrestler looking back, as he really wasn’t happy with his positioning on the biggest show of the year, and he’s letting his frustrations known. Ryback is now saying that if things don’t improve within the company for him, he’s not necessarily against looking elsewhere for work.
When the time came for his match at WrestleMania 32, Ryback didn’t have to wait long. Not only was he curtain-jerking the event as the very first match of the night, but he was on the Kickoff Show. He had a singles match against Kalisto for United States Championship, and by the time all was said and done, the “Big Guy” had lost.
“To be quite honest, absolutely not. The last three WrestleManias have not been great. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on that, but it would’ve been nice to have been on the show where both of us belong. The U.S. Title definitely belongs on there. Hopefully next year, if there is a next year, that it will be a different experience.”
At WrestleMania 31 in 2015, Ryback was in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and was eliminated. At WrestleMania XXX in 2014, Ryback team with Curtis Axel and ended up losing a Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
That match in 2014 was also on the Kickoff Show.
“I’ve heard in this business that 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.”
Now Total Sportek states that Ryback is in the middle of a two-year deal with an annual salary of $655,500. It’s not known if that has been extended or if he’s in the first year or second year, but he’s speaking as if this could be his final with WWE if he so chooses.
Maybe he’d be willing to go to TNA or Ring of Honor or even to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as there are numerous options around the world. There is also the possibility that he may be done with wrestling and ready to retire and move on to something else entirely.
Ryback is with WWE on their European tour right now, and he’s still being booked against Kalisto and he’s still been losing as Wrestling Inc. has recapped. That is not something that is thrilling to him, but who likes losing? No-one.
There are a lot of superstars in WWE and in order to breakthrough and make it to the top, you’ve got to step up and make a name for yourself. Sometimes, that isn’t even good enough, as a wrestler needs the charisma, look, and to have the right gimmick to get over. Ryback has won the Intercontinental Title and been in the main event picture, but WrestleMania 32 and his current positioning could have him looking to work in another promotion.
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