Ryback debuted his gimmick in 2012 and immediately got over with the fans. Over the next several weeks, Ryback would steamroll his opponents and fans just couldn’t get enough. However, Ryback’s push came to screeching halt when several top WWE stars criticized Ryback for being a stiff worker.

Over the next few years, Ryback was relegated to the mid-card and was eventually released by the company in 2016. However, WWE trademarked his name in 2011 thereby preventing him from using it elsewhere.

After his departure from WWE, Ryback changed his legal name to Ryback Reeves in an attempt to use it, and he is engaged in legal battle with WWE for ownership of the trademark. Ryback recently took to Twitter to announce that his legal battle is nearing its closing stages and is expected to come to an end by March 2023.

“About to enter the last phase for my Ryback TM that will go to decision end of March at the latest. I’m going to win this and WWE will not be granted my legal name that they denied me from having multiple times while there. The truth always wins,” tweeted Ryback.


It seems like Ryback’s problems with the WWE are getting out of control. As this chapter of his life is coming to a close, it will be interesting to see if Ryback will finally be able to get ownership of his name.

Who do you think will win this legal battle? Sound off in the comments section.

Sunil Joseph

Passionate pro wrestling fan. Sunil has been writing WWE content writing for over the last five years. Sunil still gets excited when he gets to tell people that he gets paid to watch pro wrestling.

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