Ryback is joined on today’s show by his co-host, Phoenix Marie.
Ryback mentions that he’s still dealing with some issues with his ankle, stemming from his career in WWE. He has taken a couple months off from wrestling but he’s booked heavily again in March and April, so he hopes to have his ankle taken care of by then. He’s been in discussion with WWE, and although he can’t go into detail right now, he ensures that the doctor who performed the initial procedure on his ankle will be held accountable.
Ryback mentions that he saw The Rock’s new movie, Jumanji, recently. He informs that the movie has a lot more comedy in it than he anticipated, but he thought it was very good overall. He particularly enjoyed The Rock’s performance in the movie, and he recommends that everyone go and check it out.
A listener writes into the show and asks Ryback if he thinks he’ll ever consider wrestling for NJPW at some point in the future. Ryback thinks that’s a possibility for sure. He points out that he still enjoys wrestling but he knows there’s more to life than fake fighting. He was pretty banged up when he left WWE and it has taken some time for him to get his body healthy, but once he heals up he’s open to working in Japan.
As far as a return to WWE goes, he says, “never say never”. He’s never been bitter about his departure from WWE and he’s spoken highly of the company on several occasions since he’s left. Nobody knows what the future will bring, but he wanted to handle his exit as professionally as possible so that he wouldn’t burn any bridges.
Ryback talks about the rumours of The Undertaker returning to the ring at WrestleMania 34 to challenge John Cena. He thinks that this match is something that WWE has been wanting to do for a long time, so even thought Undertaker ‘retired’ at WrestleMania last year, he assumes WWE has convinced him to return for one more match.
Ryback thinks Cena is on the verge of in-ring retirement too, and if that’s the case he believes Cena would voluntarily lose this match to allow Undertaker to go out as a winner. If Cena plans to stick around longer, it would make more sense for Cena to win so he can carry that momentum onto his next program.
Ryback is intrigued by RAW’s 25th Anniversary Special that will air next Monday. He points out that a lot of legends are returning for this special episode, but he has no idea how WWE plans to squeeze all of them on the show during the 3-hour broadcast.
The Miz announced recently that he and his wife, Maryse will be premiering their own reality show on USA Network soon. Ryback is personally very happy for The Miz. He truly believes that The Miz is one of the best natural wrestlers of all time. Miz may not be “the best” at one particular thing, but he’s a very balanced performer overall and he’s very consistent.
Ryback comments on the news that Paige has been forced to end her in-ring career due to injury. He thinks this is very sad news, and he points out that Paige is a nice girl who was always very sweet to him backstage. Paige is still quite young but she’s been wrestling for a long time, and injuries are an unfortunate aspect of the wrestling business. He hopes Paige is strong enough mentally and physically to deal with this news.
That sums up this week’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!