Ryback’s name is Ryan Reeves which is pretty close to his pro wrestling name. He actually invented that name before coming to WWE.
While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Ryback discussed changing his name to his wrestling name. Since it’s so close to his original legal name it wasn’t that big of an adjustment. It’s not like his name was Grizzly Bear.
“I tell people this all the time that if my wrestling name was The Grizzly Bear — The Griz — I wasn’t going to change my name to that more likely than that. I looked at it as Ryback, Ryan… not so bad I can live with that.”
WWE is actually still trying to keep Ryback’s name from him. It could cost him a lot of money unless they drop the claim as well.
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