Ryback opens today’s show by talking about Alexa Bliss. Bliss spoke out against her critics this past week, noting that she can wrestle great matches if she needs to but she chooses not to right now. Ryback notes that so many of these critics have never wrestled a match in their life. Bliss’ job is to get heat and to make people hate her, so she’s doing her job perfectly in Ryback’s opinion.
He adds that this portion of WWE’s fanbase almost doesn’t know how to be fans. If you don’t execute flips and dives then this portion of the fanbase accuses you of not being able to work or wrestle, when in reality that has nothing to do with someone’s ability to wrestle.
Ryback talks about the video advertisement he produced and released this past week for his supplement line. Ryback was shown clotheslining an overweight woman into a pool, and when the woman emerged from the pool she was significantly smaller. He points out that this advertisement was just for fun and he did it to get people watching and laughing while also promoting his product. He notes that if people don’t understand that then that’s just too bad.
Ryback talks about the idea of WWE introducing Women’s Tag Titles. He points out that giving the women the platform to have the same level of success as the men is great, so he doesn’t have any issue with there being more Women’s Titles. However, he notes that there are less women on the roster than men, so he wouldn’t be surprised to see WWE bolster their Women’s division with more competitors in the years to come.
Rumours are beginning to circulate that WWE may try to sign Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks before the year ends. He notes that if WWE continues to sign all the hot free agents they’ll soon have a monopoly and then they’ll have complete control over the industry. He adds that those competitors are in a great position because they have the luxury of being able to make a decision regarding their future, but when you go to WWE you lose control so that’s something they’ll have to consider.
Speaking about the SummerSlam main event, Ryback notes that the fresh matchup would have been Lashley vs. Lesnar but in the end they went with Roman Reigns. That’s not the worst decision if they’re still set on him being “the guy” moving forward. Ryback thinks a win over Lesnar at SummerSlam will do a lot for Reigns in terms of appealing to the mainstream audience and media. He also points out that maybe Lesnar will show up next week at RAW and attack both men, setting up a Triple Threat match at SummerSlam.
Regardless, if Brock Lesnar’s going away for a while after this SummerSlam match Ryback feels WWE should have done Lashley vs. Lesnar because Reigns will always be at the top of the card and they can get the Title on him at a later date if they want.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts spoke out this past week saying most matches are similar today, and the talents are wasting so much stuff and don’t realize they’re doing it. He added that he had 6 moves, did them all well and they were all believable. Ryback agrees with most of Roberts’ opinions. He points out that from a worker standpoint, everyone wants to prove they can do incredible things in the ring, but there’s no need to take half the risks that we see in the ring nowadays.
Ryback has no idea where this style originated or why it has taken hold, but it’s almost as if some of the newer generation decided to change the rules on their own and he thinks that’s quite disrespectful. He points out that today’s wrestling is not he same professional wrestling that he or Roberts were taught.
One example of this is watching a performer execute a Superkick or something of that nature early in the match, only for his opponent to brush it off and turn to offence seconds later. He has no idea how that can happen.
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!