In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, former WWE Superstar Ryback spoke about his time in WWE, his exit from the company, how he never wants to speak to Vince McMahon again and more.
When speaking about his exit from the company, Ryback was less than cordially with WWE. He’d also mention that he would release a video of his own at the time which was effectively him saying he was firing them rather than the other way around.
“I told them ‘f**k you, take me off TV’ and I left. I walked out of St. Louis and I went home. They tried to stop my pay and they weren’t going to pay me while I rode out my contract so I went on injury pay and got my ear and nose fixed and they paid me all the way up until my contract expired on August 8th I believe.
If you remember, I released them and wished them the best in their future endeavors in an online video because they were trying to fire me. They wanted me to get cleared and I didn’t get cleared until the day my contract ran up so that they could not publicly say they fired me because that is what they will usually try to do to a talent to make them look bad in the situation. But you guys didn’t get me.”
When Ryback left, there was no love lost between himself and WWE and especially not Vince McMahon. When he left the company, he made it clear that he didn’t want to speak to McMahon ever again.
“I left and I didn’t talk to anyone. I think me and Dolph Ziggler went and got wings at Hooters. I go to St. Louis and I saw the booking for the day and I hadn’t started the new contract they have given me so the games had already started.
I just knew I was done. I sat there for a bit and I thought it through fully and I was already pretty close to leaving, I was just waiting. And I said this is it. I went and said what I had to say and they said ‘Do you want to go talk to Vince’ and I said ‘I never want to f**king talk to him again’ and I left.”
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a wrestling interview in 2019 without the topic of AEW being broached. Ryback would provide his thoughts on AEW and Cody Rhodes, who Ryback was a colleague of during their time in WWE together.
“I’m excited, we got AEW here and I’m very happy for Cody and everybody involved in that. They have a huge advantage in wrestling right now because they’re starting fresh and they can do it right and they can do wrestling better than WWE.
Now, are they going to come in and take over right away? Not right away. But if they put out a great product and they take care of the wrestlers, every pro wrestler will want to go wrestle there.”
For Ryback, the most important thing still appears to be companies taking care of their wrestlers. This feels like a common trend with anything he’s said in recent years since leaving WWE and it isn’t hard to figure out why that would be such a sticking point for anybody who’s worked within the industry.
The full interview with Van Vliet can be found here.