Conversation With the Big Guy Recap – Logistics of Competing in A Royal Rumble, Why Reigns Should Have Won, Origin of “Wake Up” Catchphrase, More!

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Ryback is joined on today’s show by his co-host Phoenix Marie.

A listener writes into the show and asks Ryback how he deals with performance anxiety prior to big matches. He says that he dumps two ice-cold bottles of water over his head before matches because that gets his blood flowing and wakes him up. That’s actually where his “Wake Up!” catchphrase came from.

Another listener writes into the show and asks Ryback about the process of booking a Royal Rumble match. Ryback informs that Rumble PPVs are hectic days with things being figured out right until the last minute. He has never booked a Rumble but he’s competed in a lot of them. He doesn’t think the Rumble matches that he was involved in were very good because there’s never enough time to put good matches together.

He recalls the 2014 Rumble – which was won by Batista – being booked and organized two matches into the live PPV that evening. He points out that as a performer you usually talk to the performers who are entering/exiting the match before and after you, and then the match sort of takes on a life of it’s own from there. There is simply no way that 30 guys are able to sit in a room together and work out the match from start to finish.

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