Ryback says he’s still dealing with some ankle issues which stem back to a surgery he had while he worked for WWE. He points out that Dr. James Andrews is the best in the world, and that’s who performs most of these surgeries for WWE. In his case, WWE tried to save money and put the surgery in the hands of a “piece of s***” who had no idea what he was doing. He completely botched the surgery and has since been released from the company.
After he returned from the surgery, WWE thought he was “damaged goods” and tried to fire him. He had to get lawyers involved just to save his job. He adds that during basically his entire WWE run, he was working on an ankle that was only at 70%.
A listener writes into the show and mentions that Ryback’s career in WWE seemed to start deteriorating after his WrestleMania 29 match against Mark Henry, when WWE booked him to fall flat on his face and have Henry land on him – completely embarrassing him in the process. Ryback eventually turned heel after this and things appeared to go downhill. The listener asks Ryback if he thinks he would have become WWE Champion if he would have remained a babyface.