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#1 Posted on 3.5.16 1532.24
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Ryback was supposed to be in the US Contenders battle royal last night, but instead went home in a dispute about his (potential) new contract.

Today, Ryback had some thoughts on the matter on tumblr. Hopefully that link is still working when you get it, because it's a bridge burning situation. Here's a sample!

    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.

His contract is said to be up in a couple months.

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#2 Posted on 3.5.16 1604.16
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If he wants to get released anyway, he should start campaigning for wrestlers to vote to join SAG. It would fit in with what he's complaining about, likely get him fired, and shine a spotlight on something that should be happening anyway.
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#3 Posted on 3.5.16 1711.56
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In Jericho's 2nd (?) book, he wrote about the ridiculous WWE pay scale and how it unsurprisingly comes down to Vince's whims. IIRC, he made a lot less than his Mania opponent one year (Hunter?) and complained to Vince, who wrote him a second big check.

Plus I believe they still haven't gotten the Network vs. PPV era pay straightened out yet for the talent. If he's saying that he & Kalisto should get paid the exact same amount for working a match together on Payback, yeah that makes sense. But as we know, anything with money and getting paid in the world of wrestling is such a mess to ever try to untangle, especially from the outside.
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#4 Posted on 3.5.16 1805.44
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Sooner or later someone was going to get fed up and say eff this I can make money elsewhere with less wear and tear on the body. Ryback is as good a person to start this trend as anyone and it is sort of similar to what Batista and MVP were trying to tell Titus when he got suspended. The WWE might be the biggest game in town, but it is far from the only game in town. With so much talent in the payroll and WWE semingly only willing to get behind a fraction of it consistently there are going to be a lot of unhappy campers.

Ryback probably doesn't realize he only got the second push as a way to piss off Punk after the Cabana Podcasts, the fact that he made the most of it and really improved probably wasn't expected.

I always thought Ziggler would be the first to do this, but it makes sense that it is Ryback who really does seem to practice what he preaches as far as The Secret. Good for him, and it is actually good for wrestling.

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#5 Posted on 3.5.16 2109.16
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Ryback who really does seem to practice what he preaches as far as The Secret.

This is the second reference I've seen regarding Ryback and "The Secret". Can someone please explain the connection or is it simply just that he's evangelized for the book?
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#6 Posted on 3.5.16 2120.30
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Ryback once did a promo where he revealed the book turned his life around.
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#7 Posted on 3.5.16 2125.32
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The Torch is reporting that WWE and The Ryback have both been trying to trademark "Feed Me More" and "The Big Guy" for months and it was tied into his issues with the company and money as well:
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#8 Posted on 4.5.16 1458.59
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It's neat to go back and read these comments from Ryback from earlier this year about Mania.

    Originally posted by Ryback (
    I do have an opponent in mind. I'm hopefully going to sit down with Vince in the next week or two, before the Royal Rumble, to discuss that with him because I have a very cool, innovative idea that I feel like the WWE Universe would be very receptive to from a storyline standpoint moving into WrestleMania.

    From a talent standpoint, I fully expect to play a huge part this year and I expect nothing less. I don't expect to be on the Preshow or not on the show. I fully expect to be on the show and in a major angle doing something and having a huge WrestleMania moment, not only for myself, but also for the talent I'm in the ring with.

So, either:

A) the big idea was Kalisto but it was relegated to the Preshow
B) the big idea, which was not Kalisto, fell through
C) we are in the middle of the big idea right now

Oh, and the date he made these comments is the same date WWE filed for Ryback-related trademarks. Something's afoot.
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#9 Posted on 5.5.16 1611.57
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I kinda like Ryback. I hope he lands on his feet somewhere.
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