It was back on August 5, 2016, when Ryback announced on Instagram he was parting ways with WWE. Just three days after that announcement, Ryback was released from WWE as expected. Now he is teasing a return.

When Ryback left WWE, he ventured out to the independents. There, he would compete at various promotions around the world such as Revolution Pro Wrestling in the UK, WrestlePro, Northeast Wrestling and even Combat Zone Wrestling.

From what we understand, Ryback has been focusing on repairing his body. For the last year or so, Ryback has not wrestled and instead focused on himself. His podcast and nutrition journey has taken up his time.

“The Big Guy” has now released a video to his YouTube account. Titled “The Return of Ryback to TV in 2019 – Where will he go?” the video teases Ryback appearing for Impact Wrestling, ROH, NJPW and, of course, WWE.


You can view the clip here yourselves:

What is interesting here is that Ryback uses WWE footage to promote the appearance, despite having a variety of issues with his former employer. Looking back on his release, Ryback wasn’t happy with his contract or the contracts of those around him. On his podcast, Ryback has also described various injuries he suffered while in WWE that wasn’t entirely taken care of.

This leads us here at Ringside News to believe Ryback is not in talks for a return to WWE- though we cannot rule that out. More likely, however, we expect to see Ryback in Impact Wrestling. This would allow him to compete against WWE and work independent dates while not doing tapings for the Impact television show.

Given Ryback is a busy man, the taping schedule for Impact would be beneficial. Impact usually tapes in bulk, similar to what WWE do with NXT. This gives Ryback the time to work on his usual projects while maintaining a wrestling presence.

Where do you believe Ryback will go, if anywhere? Do you think he could return to WWE? Let us know your theories in the comments below.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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