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Ryback Talks About Evolution of His Character & Friends in the Company

The College Time recently spoke with Ryback, who was promoting Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV. Here are some highlights from the interview.

How much input he 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.”

His friends in the company: “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.”

  • JohnCena33

    Ryback is right though, wrestlers have short careers (most anyways) and you have to make and save as much money as you can.

  • Dave

    This was in character, he rides with Daniel Bryan and some others. I think I heard that on Wrestling with Rosenberg’s Bryan interview. But yeah, character.

  • Sammo

    “I’m here to make as much money as possible”

    What a mug. Just a couple of months ago Ryback was badmouthing Goldberg saying that the guy didn’t love and respect the business the way he does, and he also said he was living his dream and aspiring to be one of the best ever blah blah blah…

    Now he says he’s only in it for the money. He’s just gone waaaaaaay down in my estimation.

  • Khalid

    reminds me of a Batista interview…

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Sounds like a cool guy

  • moo

    Ryback sounds like an egomaniac waiting to happen with the tired ” you can make freinds or you can make money” bullshit.