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Ryback On His Meeting Vince McMahon And His Future With The Company

As noted, Ryback is off WWE television indefinitely after a contract dispute. His contract expires this summer and WWE wants to re-sign him. There were reports going around saying that he was not backstage at Monday’s RAW TV taping, but that is not the case. He did meet with Vince McMahon a couple of hours before the show went live on the USA Network to discuss his contract. 

Ryback has since issued the following statement via his Tumblr account:

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.

Wrestling is pre determined, we as performers know before we go out to that ring or perform a backstage scene who is winning and losing etc or have a general idea of what we are going to say. It blows my mind how in a sport which is pre determined from a company standpoint winners are paid so much more than the losers. Every single person who works for WWE from top to bottom is absolutely just as valuable as the next. The winners cannot win unless the losers go out there and agree to lose to them.

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. Looking at this formula though losers turn into what fans like to call jobbers and their value decreases in the companies eyes and before you know it they get released. For what? For doing exactly as they are told!

Why not pay the talent equally? The winners have more MERCH as it is or are supposed to anyways so they get that extra perk, but why make the guy who is told to and agrees to lose earn less and sacrifice spots in big pay per view match ups etc. This is one of the major problems with wrestling and WWE today. Most guys take great satisfaction in helping making other talent, the bitching and the moaning we always hear about stems from the fact they know they are ultimately over time going to make less and live in fear of being released.

I am proud to say I have never gone to change a finish and have gladly took pride in helping put over other talent. Hell look at my pay per view record of 12-26 and you will see that has been the pattern of my career. I have always been confident in my ability and work ethic to being my best every day and ultimately always felt that by doing good it was the right thing to do. Personally seeing my money go down over the years though even though I was working as much as ever and being denied magazine covers and other projects as well as watching my role diminish no matter what I did or how hard I tried takes its toll on a human. Being told no matter how hard I work or how good I get doesn’t always pay off is something I fucking refuse to ever believe in my life. I am a creative being and to be restricted time and time again is no way to live life. There is nothing I cannot do and I know no matter what comes of this situation I am going to be just fine. It isn’t soley about money, it is about commitment. Commitment to a guy who fucking cares and who loves this more than anything in the world and wants to know that his passion his efforts and his determination to constantly improve is going to be recognized and taken care of.

WWE may very well release me, which if it is the case so be it. If we can work things out a lot needs to change as I am not living in fear and creatively cannot continue to live a life that limits me creatively. I have many other interests and passions and have been very smart with my finances over the years. I thank every WWE superstar from top to bottom for their sacrifices and for working with me. The world is an amazing place and there is more than just a WWE universe there is The Universe and I will prove one way or another over time I am the greatest big guy in the universe!


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  • Mike

    They can’t pay everyone equally. Obviously you get paid more by the company your a top star and you draw more for the company. This is the case not just in wwe but all sporting teams or entertainment companies. If your a person that earns your team or company a lot of money then you’ll earn more than someone who doesn’t.

    • Smart Guy

      I understand your point of view but I also understand Ryback’s POV and I respect him a lot now as a human being after reading all of that. Wrestling is different than other sports and different than other entertainment companies. Wrestling is pre-determined, which means that you often have to lose to someone who is not only less talented than you but probably also less hard working than you. The least WWE and other wrestling companies can do is pay everyone almost equally. Roman Reigns for example earns more money for WWE than Ryback because he was put in that spot, he was chosen by Vince and Vince is doing everything he can to convince the fans that they should cheer Reigns, that they should pay to see Reigns and that they should buy Reigns merchandise. Vince is not even trying to convince the fans that they should love or hate Ryback, Vince is just using Ryback to make other superstars look good.

      • Mike

        I agree, with a lot of your points, but ryback has been given chances in top
        spots, I’m not saying he has failed or anything, just wwe went a different way. Reigns I believe does have drawing power, however he is still new in this Role, and I doubt wwe pay him anywhere near they pay cena, or even randy orton or someone established like that. But you’re point and rybacks make sense.

      • Bite Me You Loser

        A jobber still has an important role in star creation. A good jobber can make moves seem more devastating to the audience.

  • Barooq Kidd #POP

    Ummm it doesn’t work like that Ryback

  • Mikey Shango #DunDunDuuunnnnnn

    So he sucks and he’s dumb lol


    Was doing so well until he started cussing,ruined the whole point.

  • ‘Drowen Hart #NN #NBNC ?????

    I appreciate his sentiments for his co-workers, but does he really think Vince will give equal pay to everyone? Kevin Nash has said that he would of have stayed in WWE back in ’96, had Vince given him a guaranteed contract but Vince told him no because then he had to give guaranteed contracts to everyone in the roster and he didn’t want to do it at the time because of financial struggles within the company.

  • Z….

    I’ve actually always wondered this as well. Its hard to argue with him on this subject. That being said, he sounds like the free agent that wants to get paid way more than his value b/c some dumb team gave Tristan Thompson $82 million, so therefore he is worth at least that…

  • Crazy_Victor

    “It isn’t over money” Almost the entire statement is over money…

  • Ziriak

    Same as any other company, the most popular and the biggest ass kissers get paid the most. Welcome to the world Ryback.

  • jcice13

    in theory he has a point about equal pay but that would never happen until here’s a union and even then the higher up the food chain the more you make…….I never thought this guy was used properly from the get go.he should have been a monster heel and had a mouth piece, I said long ago that guy should have been brad who was the quasi GM and they should have had him drive an ambulance up to the ring and Ryberg stuffs his opponent in when he’s done with them….then 2 years down the road they could have turned him but not before he got the world title as a heel…..

    now???? he loses multiple times to a midget and let’s see if Rusev beats Calisto for the belt because if he does? then it doesn’t look good for Ryberg does it? and really, the way he’s been used is anyone going to miss him? has he really sold tickets? was he a must see performer? no

    I’m not trying to be harsh or insulting, just saying it like it is..it’s not personal

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