When I first read Ryback’s journal on Tumblr, “Feed Me More,” I could not help but think of the famous scene from Jerry Maguire. Tom Cruise as pouring his heart and soul into a memo that he decided to share with the sports media world which ultimately led to his being fired from his job. If this is the “memo” that leads to Ryan Reeves leaving WWE and either moving on to another promotion or leaving the business for good, it may be the best thing he is remembered for.
Today I sit and fly home and for the first time in years feel absolutely free. I will start by saying I did request to be taken off of WWE television until myself and Vince could get a yes or no on a new deal. This has been going on since my IC Title run and had been nothing but a major strain on my life as all I ever wanted to do was work for WWE. I was told to head home until we agree or not agree to specific terms and contrary to reports it isn’t over money or a bus that stuff was settled a while ago. It comes down to a major problem I have with not only WWE but wrestling in general.
Reeves is on “leave” right now and has been taken off booking because of a dispute with the parent company and most notably Vince McMahon. Reeves has been disappointed with the way his character has been portrayed of late and the fact he does not know if he will be part of WWE’s future plans.
The column is well thought out, makes valid points and lets us all see the “Big Guy” in an unscripted form like we have never witnessed before.
I applaud his effort, but I do think it will be his downfall and possible erasure from recent history.
This might be the “shoot interview” no one will ever see, but will read with great interest. It’s not CM Punk shocking us all, or AJ Lee giving the women of WWE the what for or even Kevin Nash going off script in WCW. This is a man, who for the most part, is viewed as another stereotypical Bill Goldberg wannabe who did not make it to the top of the company food chain.
I will admit, Reeves has my newfound respect for putting it all out there, knowing this could be an end to a run with the company that started with a green gimmick that picked up only partial steam.
It blows my mind that in this day and age though we still adhere to this formula. Obviously things have always been this way, but does that make them right? Times have changed and our goal as humans should be to evolve and learn from our past and the past of others so we could make this world a better place. Why is it a guy who is told he is going to go out and lose and does everything he is told be paid not only less, but much less than said winner over a period of time. Every single performer for WWE sacrifices the same amount of time from home and their families and every single man or women goes out and does what they are told.
Reeves is not going to win these arguments. The deck is stacked against him. He hasn’t been a solid performer. Injuries have derailed him to some extent. His performance has gotten better in recent months, but he is still robotic and rigid and his mic skills are average at best. This is when the pen is mightier than the sword, or in this case, the keyboard – which allows all of us to know what he is thinking. The series of matches with Kalisto for the United States Title were decent, but they did not help propel him toward the main event, and they never were going to do that.
Reeves has spoken before WrestleMania 32 that he wanted a bigger part of the pie, wanted more exposure and thought somewhere down the road he could be a world champion. It may have been a little too late to think that, especially since NXT stars were coming up to the main roster in droves and WWE had just signed superstars from Japan. He has been lost in the shuffle and will sink further and further like quicksand.
It might be best for Reeves to leave WWE and try his hand with TNA or Global Force of even Japan where he could be a bigger star in a smaller pond. He would be ideal as a brawler in the Orient. But for now, his words – which are very good and make so very solid points – are doing him more harm than good. I’m glad he appears to be at peace. He may have to remind himself of that if he is out of work for a set amount of time.