Ryback is joined on today’s show by his co-host, Phoenix Marie.
Ryback says that he loves wrestling and it’s always going to be a part of his life, but there are several parts of the business that really concern him right now. He points out that he saw a match recently where someone was Powerbombed in the middle of the match and it meant absolutely nothing. He’s concerned that some of these younger indie wrestlers aren’t even sure of what they’re supposed to be doing, and he fears that these guys will be too beat up to keep working before they ever even have an opportunity to make any money.
He points out that finishing moves are so whored out in the wrestling business right now and he thinks this has gotten out of control. He points out that if you don’t protect your finishing move, you basically have nothing as a performer. That’s the reason nobody ever kicks out of the Shell Shock once he hits it.
He also thinks that a lot of younger performers are blind to the fact that professional wrestling is a very dangerous profession. He notes that if one move is delivered incorrectly there can be catastrophic results, and once you’re done you’re done. This is why he’s so passionate about limiting big moves so that when you hit them, they actually mean something.
A listener writes into the show and asks Ryback if the wrestling rings stink at the end of every show. Ryback says that the rings don’t really stink, especially in WWE because they change the canvas quite frequently. He also adds that he liked wrestling in the live event rings more than the television rings because there were more layers of canvas on the live event rings.