Ryback talks about the Tough Enough segment between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder which aired on an old episode of Smackdown. Ryback informs that before the Smackdown taping that evening, WWE officials blew up all of the competitors backstage, then made them eat a big bowl of pasta and drink milk. After eating, WWE officials blew them up again right before they had to go to the ring. Ryback says that looking back, that treatment was basically harassment.
Angle beat the first guy easily, but the segment was short and they needed it to go longer. Backstage officials got in the referee’s ear and told him to relay the message to Angle to pick another one of them to wrestle.
Puder wanted to get in the ring right away, so then Angle had to pick him. This was a bad situation all around because there were no established rules. Ryback says that all of this was for Vince McMahon’s entertainment and even to this day, half the things we see on our television are ribs. He says that WWE is one big playground for Vince McMahon.
A listener writes into the show and asks Ryback if he’d ever consider working for IMPACT wrestling. Ryback says that his agent (Buck) is actually pretty close with some of the higher-ups in IMPACT, and he thinks that’s a possibility in the future. As for right now, he’s having fun on the indies and is running a successful supplement business so he’s in no rush to get back on television at the moment.
Ryback wonders why WWE is currently having Nakamura talk on Smackdown Live. He points out that Nakamura has multiple strengths, but the English language is not one of them. He says that Nakamura doesn’t need to talk in order to get his points across.