Ryback opens today’s show by informing that he’s going to be taking more indie bookings starting in March. He has one more injury that he has to take care of, hopefully in January, and he’s currently in discussions with WWE doctors about how to address it because the injury was suffered during his time working in WWE.
He speaks about selling some of his wrestling gear to fans. He mentions that he’s sold some of his singlets for thousands of dollars in the past, and he’s also sold his full ring gear including boots, gloves, kneepads and elbow pads for even more money.
Some fans are willing to pay a lot for memorabilia, especially ring worn materials. He also adds that it costs him $400-$500 to have one of his singlets made, so these people are only paying double the price for a legitimate, ring-worn piece of wrestling memorabilia.
Ryback talks about creating goals for yourself and doing everything in your power to achieve them. He’s only ever had one goal that he’s been unable to achieve, and that was becoming WWE Champion. He was in the WWE Title picture for a while but was unable to win the Belt, and he quickly realized that becoming WWE Champion was something that he couldn’t control, so he’s accepted that he mightn’t achieve that goal.
He speaks about the last week’s Christmas edition of RAW, specifically the opening match of the show featuring Elias and John Cena which was criticized by some fans. Ryback thinks Elias is a fresh new talent, and he didn’t have a problem with that match opening the Christmas edition of RAW.
He wasn’t surprised to see Cena go over, but Elias was probably put in that spot by the company to see where he stacks up in the ring with one of the greatest of all time. Ryback is a big fan of Elias and he thinks Elias has done very well with what WWE creative has given him.
The unlikely pairing of Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan won the RAW Tag Team Titles last week and Ryback is interested in seeing where WWE goes with this moving forward. He thinks Jordan has overachieved with the material he’s been given as of late, and even though people are booing him out of buildings, he’s still eliciting a huge response. Ryback thinks Jordan has a great future ahead of him.
Hideo Itami severely injured Brian Kendrick with his finishing move, the ‘GTS’, last week on RAW, and this makes Ryback question whether WWE will ban that move moving forward. He has no issue with banning moves for safety purposes, but banning moves over parents complaining about the physicality is ‘bullshit’ in his opinion. He says he loved the Curb Stomp and he thought Seth Rollins consistently delivered it safely, so he was dissapointed when WWE banned that move.
There have been some rumours circulating that Neville is on his way back to WWE in the new year. Ryback truly believes that once Neville left the company he had no desire to return so for that reason, he can’t picture Neville returning to WWE in 2018. He also points out that a lot of the websites who are reporting this news are simply looking for clicks.
Ryback also informs that he hasn’t spoken to his good friend, Dolph Ziggler since he left the US Title in the ring and walked away a couple of weeks ago on Smackdown Live. He’s unsure if all that was just part of the script, or if Ziggler really is stepping away from WWE for a while.
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!