Ryback is joined on today’s show by his co-host Phoenix Marie.
A listener writes into the show and asks Ryback what factors go into deciding whether it’s okay to refer to a certain performer as a “veteran” of the business. Ryback informs that longevity and consistency are two major factors when determining when to call someone a veteran or not. If the talent has performed at a high level on a regular basis for a long period of time, that term may be applicable. He also adds that the talent’s attitude backstage has a lot to do with it as well.
Another listener writes into the show and asks Ryback who he prefers between Roman Reigns and A.J. Styles. He says that he’s a fan of both performers and he thinks they’re both phenomenal athletes. He doesn’t see the need to pick between them, and he points out that there’s no such thing as the “greatest wrestler ever”. Everyone has their favourite individual performer, and that’s the way it should be.
A final question for Ryback asks him to reveal whether he’d ever be interested in working for NJPW. He informs that he’s still getting healthy right now but when he heals up he’d certainly entertain the idea of working there. He says that all of that will be considered in due time. He loves it in Japan, but he can’t go for lengthy tours like the company expects from their athletes.
He says he could do a week at a time but then he’d have to return home because of his business ventures in the United States. He adds that the part of his life when he spent long durations of time away from home is over. He loves being home, and he’s able to make money while he’s home so he doesn’t need to leave for long wrestling tours.
Ryback comments on Jeff Jarret’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. He points out that Jarrett is a deserving entrant and it wouldn’t surprise him to see Jarrett working for WWE once his Hall of Fame induction is wrapped up. Some people have speculated that Jarrett’s induction signals a the rise of a kinder, more forgiving WWE led by Triple H.
Ryback speaks about the Guantlet Match on last week’s episode of Monday Night RAW, specifically the portion of the match featuring John Cena and Seth Rollins. He’s heard that this was one of Cena’s first losses on RAW in years, and Ryback jokingly points out that WWE claims that wins and losses don’t matter. He also adds that Rollins is in the discussion for best performer on the roster in his opinion.
Ryback points out that Jim Cornette informed on a recent addition of his podcast that he was sent the quarterly and yearly statements from WWE and saw that NXT lost Millions of dollars in both 2016 and 2017. Ryback admits that he’s surprised to hear that but he points out that WWE’s investing in NXT as a third brand, and he also points out that NXT merchandise sales and other revenue streams might offset some of those costs as well.
Wade Barrett recently spoke about Neville, mentioning that he loved his time working with Neville. He even put Neville in his top 3 opponents of all time, pointing out that everything Neville does is believable and intense. Ryback couldn’t agree more, adding that he’s wrestled Neville on a number of occasions and for a high-flyer, Neville does all of the basics very well.
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!