Ryback made a name for himself in WWE, but he hasn’t ventured to AEW just yet. He is healthy, and ready to wrestle again, but his doctors have not cleared him yet. He might actually have some options with AEW if things align correctly, because according to the Big Guy, there was previous interest.

Although Ryback hasn’t had much good to say about WWE in a long time, he doesn’t feel the same about AEW. In fact, he’s never burned a bridge with Tony Khan’s company, and he hasn’t written them off a perspective list of where he might wrestle again someday.

During a recent live stream, Ryback revealed that Cody Rhodes once contacted him about coming into AEW. This was before the pandemic, but Ryback obviously didn’t go any further with that possibility at the time.

“There’s been no communication except for Cody, Cody contacted me about coming in, I think it was prior to the pandemic, and I had to tell him that I’m not coming back until I’m 100%.”


“They asked me if I could come in and do like a Sting spot to look really, just something short-term even, and I’m not. I’m not going back until I know that I can be better than I’ve ever been. I’ve gotta be cleared for my shoulder, and we’re closer and closer, but we’re not there yet.”

Ryback has been doing stem cell treatments, and he swears by them. It might take a long time, and some might wonder if he’ll ever be back to where he was before, but it seems that Ryback is making his way toward that goal.

Some fans have called out for AEW to book Goldberg vs Ryback at All In London. After all, that would be a massive match for the card. That being said, that is not going to happen by August 27th’s big event in Wembley Stadium.

AEW might have a few surprises up their sleeves, but Ryback’s debut for the company is likely not one of them. That’s not to say Ryback’s AEW debut wouldn’t attract attention, but he’s certainly not going back to WWE.

What’s your take on Ryback’s claim about AEW? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you’re thinking!

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