Vince McMahon’s brother Rod McMahon dying has not only hit the McMahon family hard, but even former WWE superstar Ryback has been devastated by the tragic news, as he had formed a surprising friendship with Rod
Ryback tweeted, “I’m in shock. RIP Rod Folded hands We would email semi regularly and he was a regular buyer of the supplements.
I hadn’t heard back from him in while and just saw the news. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed our conversations. Condolences to the entire family.” Rod was 77 years old and never appeared on WWE TV outside of being visible in crowd shots at the WWE Hall of Fame, but he was never addressed directly. Rod was set to debut on WWE TV in June 2007 after Vince McMahon’s limo blew up, killing off the Mr. McMahon character. Chris Benoit killing his wife and son followed by himself though put an end to this idea.
Bryan Alvarez said on Wrestling Observer Live, “He would go to WWE Hall of Fame events and such, but he was never a part of wrestling. The only time he was almost a part of wrestling was the famous angle where Vince got blown up in a limousine which caused former President Trump to call to make sure that Vince was okay.”
“Rod was going to be on the following show because they were going to do a funeral for Vince McMahon. Instead, Chris Benoit killed his family and they scrapped the show. Rod never appeared.” Ringside News transcribed Alvarez’s remarks.