Ryback is joined on today’s show by his co-host Phoenix Marie.
Ryback opens today’s show speaking about his thoughts on former WWE talent, Boogeyman. He says that he and Boogeyman were very close and developed a tremendous friendship from their time beginning together in Tough Enough. He adds that Boogeyman was always in tremendous shape and hasn’t aged a bit even to this day.
Ryback informs that Boogeyman actually lied about his age when he started in the wrestling business because he was 40 at the time, but he claimed to be 30. He looked so good that nobody questioned him. He adds that Boogeyman was a tremendous ‘attraction’ for WWE, and he played that role absolutely perfectly.
Ryback comments on Kalisto being struck in the face with a water bottle after his match on RAW last week. He was very disturbed when viewing this footage, and he felt terrible for Kalisto. He points out that after you finish a match you lie on the mat and you’re relieved because your job is done for the night. The last thing you expect is to get hit in the face by something that was thrown by a fan.
He believes that police have the fan in custody and he believes the fan should spend an extended period of time in jail so he/she can think about how stupid their actions were last Monday night. Ryback believes that fans are entitled to cheering and having fun at WWE events, but the minute they jump the barrier or become involved in the action like this they should be susceptible to severe consequences.
Ryback speaks about Dolph Ziggler’s promo on last week’s Smackdown, where Ziggler left the United States Title in the middle of the ring and walked away. He’s unsure what WWE creative has in mind for Ziggler right now, but he believes Ziggler should take some time off and when he returns in a few months his character will be fresh.
Ryback speaks about the announcement of the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match. He thinks this is a great opportunity for WWE to bring back some great female talent from the past because unlike the veteran male performers who are able to return each year at the Rumble, this will be the first time that veteran female performers will have that opportunity.
He has faith in WWE that they’ll be able to pull this match off effectively, and he points out that they don’t have to have 30 women involved here, and the match doesn’t need to run long like the men’s match usually does. They need to make this match work with the limited amount of women they have on the roster along with some surprise returns, and if that means a shorter match, so be it.
Ryback comments on the rumours that Vince McMahon might be contemplating bringing back the XFL. He points out that WWE stockholders want McMahon’s undivided attention to be focused on WWE, so if he begins focusing heavily on ‘Alpha Entertainment’ that might negatively effect WWE’s stock.
Ryback thinks that McMahon has created his own little world over the years and he can basically do what he wants at this point. McMahon’s 72 years old now but he’s still trucking along, and it’s obvious that he’s not satisfied with the empire that he’s built. Ryback thinks McMahon likes a challenge and there’s not really anything left for him to accomplish in WWE, so that’s why he wants to dip his toes into something else before he gets too old.
Ryback suspects that McMahon may be considering starting a football league that runs year-round. WWE doesn’t have an off season and football is the most successful sport in the United States, so perhaps McMahon thinks the no-offseason model would work for a football league.
He also points out that McMahon thrives on competition, and with all the rumours that McMahon might be considering selling WWE, Ryback doesn’t rule that out. He points out that McMahon is so confident that could realistically sell WWE for billions of dollars, and then start a new wrestling promotion to compete with his old brand.
That sums up today’s episode of Conversation With the Big Guy. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!