Ryback comments on Rich Swann’s suspension. He says that WWE had not choice but to suspend Swann amidst the domestic violence allegations that he was facing since they’re a publicly traded company and they can’t have those types of stories circulating around their brand. He wants to wait until we get the rest of the facts before commenting further, but he points out that things do not look good for Swann.
Former WWE Superstar, Wade Barrett said on a podcast recently that WWE officials shut down the Bad News Barrett gimmick and told him to stop using his popular catchphrases because they were garnering a positive reaction. WWE officials didn’t want him receiving a positive reaction since he was a heel at the time. Barrett didn’t understand that concept and asked to just ride with the positive responses and if that meant him turning babyface, so be it. Unfortunately, WWE officials disagreed.
Ryback thinks that WWE dropped the ball with Barrett on numerous occasions. Barrett is 6’7” and was absolutely shredded for a period of time. He believes that Barrett should have won the WWE Title multiple times after his run leading Nexus, but WWE failed to pull the trigger and completely blew their opportunity to make a huge Superstar.
He doesn’t think Barrett’s in-ring career is necessarily over for good, rather he thinks Barrett just needed some time away to himself. Ryback would love to see him have another run where he’d be used correctly because guys like him are a rare specimen on this planet.