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Ryback Is Frustrated, Teases Leaving WWE

The big guy is upset with the WWE. Ryback is not happy with his place on this year’s WrestleMania, last year’s WrestleMania and even the Mania before that. Ryback sounded off in a recent interview which included what some may interpret as a veiled threat to leave the company.

Ryback was recently interviewed by Dubai radio personality Myles and gave in an interview that is immediately making headlines. Whether this was his way of sending a message or if he thought news wouldn’t travel overseas, the big guy gave some candid answers and he isn’t happy.

On being booked on the pre-show as opposed to the main WrestleMania 32 card…”To be quite honest, absolutely not. The last 3 WrestleManias have not been great. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on that but it would’ve been nice to have been on the show where both of us belong. The US Title definitely belongs on there. Hopefully next year, if there is a next year, that it will be a better experience.

According to recent reports, the WWE felt that WrestleMania wasn’t necessarily a pre and live show but one big event. However, that is not a shared sentiment to talent like Ryback who have been around the company for a few years. Whether he is right or wrong is arguable but at the end of the day it’s his opinion and he is frustrated.

Ryback has been booked sporadically for the last few years. There is generally a string of months where Ryback will slip into the top of the cards only to be bumped down for another run in the open-middle. Ryback is not happy with his current position and wants back in the top.

On whether he wants to get back into the main-events…”Absolutely. And that is what each and every day I go out there and prove my worth and that I am a one in a lifetime WWE Superstar. I am The Big Guy, the best big guy in the world and there is nobody like me. But I will continue to plug away and be the best version of me each and every day and hopefully at the end of the night, I’m where I belong.

In what is arguably the most controversial quote coming out of the interview, Ryback was asked about how tough is it to chase that top spot with so much other competition in the company today…”I’ve heard in this business hard work doesn’t always pay off. So maybe The big guy has to go find another world where that does pay off. But you work really, really hard at something and you dedicate yourself, and you sometimes have to be told you’re somewhere else. That’s a tough pill to swallow time and time again but I’ve never stopped believing in myself and I never will. Next year should undoubtedly be a big year for The Big Guy.

The takeaway here is, “So maybe The big guy has to go find another world where that does pay off.” Is this a threat to leave the company? Quite frankly I don’t know how else to interpret it. Unfortunately Ryback’s options are extremely limited in 2016. In a previous era Ryback could walk out the door and sign with a competitor for more money and a better spot. Today, I don’t see any other options for Ryback to go where he’d make comparable money in a better spot. With TNA in the midst of a financial crisis, I am not exactly sure what he is inferring here.

This will be an interesting story to watch over the next few weeks.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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