Ryback Talks About His Character Evolving, His Friends In WWE & More

Ryback spoke to the College Times this week to hype Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Here are some highlights of what he said about:

How much input he’s had in the evolution of his character:

“I was very vocal in that, actually. A lot of people don’t know that I was Ryback before I was Skip Sheffield down in the developmental territories. It was a name I came up with and created, as far as when I was away from the WWE. ‘Skip Sheffield’ was presented to me by Dusty Rhodes. It was something I don’t regret ever having happened because it did happen [and] that’s what got me to the WWE initially. I cannot tell you enough how glad I am to not be doing that right now. What you see now is me. I’m a very intense individual in real life in everything I do. I set goals and I attack them with the intensity you see on TV.”

Which title belt is he hungry for?

Right now, the WWE Championship and the Heavyweight Championship. I made my 2013 vision board, my goal board, and I have 13 goals for 2013 that are going to be accomplished. That is one of my main goals—becoming the WWE and World Heavyweight Champion. They’re both of equal importance to me.

Who his closest friends are in WWE:

“I get along with everyone to some degree. I travel alone, though, and Stone Cold Steve Austin always said, ‘Don’t trust anybody.’ He didn’t just say that to say that. I always say, there are sharks swimming with dolphins. There are a lot of sharks in the WWE. You gotta be wary of everybody. Wade Barrett, though, still to this day is one of my friends that I keep in contact with and talk to a lot up there, and Daniel Bryan, believe it or not, I tend to get along pretty well with. I’m not there to make friends. Razor Ramon/Scott Hall used to always say, ‘You can make money or you can make friends.’ I’m here to make as much money as possible and put out a great product for WWE and that’s my goal.”

Brad Davis

Brad Davis is the editor of SEScoops.com and MMANews.com. He's been hooked on pro wrestling since 1989 and has attended 8 WrestleManias

  • pwnez

    I see Ryback going after the WHC first. Let him win the secondary title before giving him the WWE title. Whether we like him or not it’s almost definite that he’ll win at least one of these championships in 2013.

    • SES is Trash

      Except there’s a handful of people who deserve it more than him. Just off the top of my head, Dolph Ziggler and even Cesaro has earned a shot at the belt. Ryback has a boring, generic gimmick that involves him being a power house. Man, that’s exciting except that the guy isn’t even strong. His whole gimmick is he’s an unstoppable power house, meanwhile the real powerhouses on the roster are Cesaro and Langston. Ryback is a joke who fed off Goldbergs gimmick and only got popular because he was able to squash 150lb jobbers.

  • http://twitter.com/MJ_Nozza Max

    Ryback is boring.

    • Doyoueven.com

      you are a homosexual faggot who doesn’t lift

      • morrisonfanone

        What does that have to do with Ryback being boring?

      • ItsProgressNow

        takes one to know one :)

  • Really?91

    Maybe they can evolve his character to A Pimp Named Ryback “Feed me whores!”

    • ItsProgressNow

      “no whoring ain’t easy”

    • GodsLoyalSon

      A Boondocks reference? Haven’t seen one of those in a while

      • Really?91

        Thought I’d brush that one off.

        • GodsLoyalSon

          And I greatly appreciate it.

  • 7 year old boy

    The man has charisma, but he needs to add new set of moves and get rid of his annoying catchphrase.

    • Doyoueven.com

      same as daniel bryan ? he has a catchphrase, it’s annoying because when he does it he smirks and does it, same with miz ? he has an annoying catchphrase ?

      • 7 year old boy

        No Daniel Bray is freaking awesome, the guy has his AMAZING wrestling background to back it up. Umm Miz not so sure about him…

  • Ares

    He should get the WHC. Regardless of how “smarks” see the guy, he is over. Deal with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peer-Pressure/100000691268185 Peer Pressure

    WWE needs to do something with Ryback before people start getting bored with him. This week on a Raw he was booked in a pointless squash match again. Put the IC title on him or something. Who the hell is the IC champion anyway???

    • DigitalWWE

      They should apparently put Ryback in more direct situations so people that a little bit slow understand them better. Ryback’s squash match wasn’t pointless. It was designed to paint him in the light of a royal rumble favorite. Not sure how that could’ve been made any more obvious with him cutting a promo about the rumble after.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peer-Pressure/100000691268185 Peer Pressure

        Well I fast forward right after he pinned his opponent, So I didn’t hear his promo. I don’t even remember who he wrestled. No need to be an A hole pal. Subliminal insults are for pussies.

        • DigitalWWE

          Oh okay, so you judge a segment without watching it and then proceed to complain about it being pointless. k

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peer-Pressure/100000691268185 Peer Pressure

            I never said anything about a segment pal. You’re just pulling shit out of your ass. Ryback has a history of wrestling in pointless squash matches. It shouldn’t surprise you if someone made the assumption that his match on Raw was another pointless squash match. You’re trying to sound smart, but in the process making yourself look like an idiot.

          • DigitalWWE

            In what way am I trying to sound smart? You jumped to conclusions and complained about something you did not see. Pretty simple.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peer-Pressure/100000691268185 Peer Pressure

            I complained about the match bro. I clearly stated in my first reply that I fast forward right after he pinned his opponent. I never saw Ryback’s promo segment. I saw the match. That’s why I admitted to being wrong about saying his match was pointless without listening to what he had to say afterwords. I never complained about something I didn’t see. I complained about the match, which I did see.

    • Doyoueven.com

      that’s what the shield do every week ? attack people and do the same move every damn week ?

  • Jeff

    When/If Ryback wins the WHC I think it could bring some meanthing back to it,afterall he does have serious momentum and could be a good powerhouse

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremycounty Jeremy-County Roberts

    FEED ME LESS RYBACK. You got a monster like Albert who getting raped jobber wise weekly when you should have him in Rybacks spot. I’m just not a fan of this guy at all. Everything bores me. His theme song. His gimmick. His move set. The meathook clothesline. Really? WWE does so many things wrong. Why on earth would of have badass looking Albert jobbing to people. That tattoo on his face alone scares the hell out of me.

    • Nexus199

      Albert always has and always will be a jobber! he wasnt good the first time or second time as A-train and now as Tensi. HE SUCKS! and btw that face tattoo is just paint not an actual tatt

  • Lord Spliffmeister

    “That is one of my main goals—becoming the WWE and World Heavyweight Champion”
    Translation : Vince doesn’t know which title I should have yet…so…I can’t really discret the WHC as an option. XD

    • Doyoueven.com

      obviously you pothead.. who uses the xD sign these days ?

      • morrisonfanone

        He does.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hamad.buqais Hamad Khalifa Buqais

        i do XD ^^

  • morrisonfanone

    He and Daniel get along really well? I wouldn’t have thought that in a hundred years.