Ryback ‘Slaps’ Top AEW Wrestler

Ryback’s relationship with WWE is certainly a rocky one. Ever since he left the company, Ryback has made sure to take shots at the company at every opportunity, especially at Vince McMahon and Triple H. He also had a heated spat with WWE Hall Of Famer Mark Henry earlier this year.



Current AEW Star Ricky Starks used to work in WWE as an extra and was featured in a segment with Ryback on Monday Night RAW back in 2013. Ricky Starks recently spoke to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, where Starks talked about the segment.

“I got slapped in the face three times. He never told me he was going to slap me, so when you see me tense up, that’s legit. Initially, I was trying to cry and Michael Hayes came to me and was like, ‘You ain’t gonna cry like that in a real fight, would you?’ I said, ‘Hell nah, you’re right. I’d bow up to a motherfucker.’ I really enjoyed it, they paid for my shirt that he ripped up. I remember walking to the back and Miz and CM Punk were like, ‘good job on the segment.’ That was the end of it.

When I was brand new and getting the call, I was like, ‘this is how I get hired.’ It’s a great feeling. That’s how I learned the most. I sat up on Raw days in the crowd with William Regal while they’re testing the music and he’ll tell me these stories and me asking questions. I’m a very observant person so sometimes I just sit back and watch everything,” he recalled. “It was an awesome time, but for me, at a certain point, I got tired of it because I felt like there was a ceiling that I kept hitting every time I came. ‘Well, if ya’ll didn’t care for me after the 17th time, how is this 30th time going to be any different?'”

h/t to Fightful for the transcription.

Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter has been a huge pro wrestling fan since 2002, and it's been his first love ever since then. He has years of writing experience for all things pro wrestling. His interests outside of wrestling include films, books and soccer.

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