Ryback in possible contract dispute with WWE

Ryback (Ryan Reeves) was pulled from Monday’s WWE RAW taping in St. Louis after being scheduled to take part in a Battle Royal to determine a new No. 1 Contender for the WWE United States Championship as he is reportedly at odds with WWE regarding a possible contract dispute according to multiple wrestling media reports.

A new report by PWInsider late Monday night claims that Ryback was already sent home and is off WWE television indefinitely. This same report indicated that Ryback may have requested to be pulled off WWE television as he continues negotiations before his current contract with WWE expires later this summer.

We reported a few weeks ago on an interview Ryback took part in with Myles Galloway while in Dubai noting that he was not pleased with his spot on the WrestleMania 32 card this year in Dallas when his United States Championship match with Kalisto was shifted to take place during the Kickoff show instead.

“The last three WrestleMania’s have not been great and I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on that, but it would have been nice to be on the show where (we) both of us belonged.”

Ryback mocks CM Punk at Payback
Ryback wears “Pre-Show Stopper” weight belt, mocks CM Punk during Payback

Ryback took on Kalisto for the WWE United States Championship on Sunday during the Payback Kickoff show and certainly went out of his way to get some attention. Before the match, Ryback mocked former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks during his entrance (most likely stemming from comments by Punk back in 2014 during a Colt Cabana podcast) and wore a “Pre-Show Stopper” weight belt, playing off the fact that he has been put on two pre-show events in a row since WrestleMania in April. He once again lost during the Kickoff show to Kalisto in what could end up being his last WWE appearance for the foreseeable future. Ryback has not issued any comments on his official Twitter page as of late Monday night.


  1. he really needs to turn heel. his best times in the wwe was when he bullied people around as a heel.

  2. He’s a meathead with no real gimmick that is believeable. He’s done the heel thing, but without Cena, he’s not that heelish. And as a good guy, spouting how he really works hard to get there wasn’t working. Eeryone worked hard to get there, so no one cared. He’s like one of McMahon’s Meatheads from the 80’s… muscle, medium talent and mediocre matches. Half the muscle-freaks in NXT could take his spot without the fans even noticing. Sad, but not everyone is a show-stopper.

  3. Ryback was one of those who unfortunately never recovered from a Cena storyline. Listen to the crowd reaction when he turned on Cena. It was tremendous. Then he inevitably lost to him and since then he’s never been able to get anywhere near. The only person I can think of that has recovered from a Cena storyline so early in his career is Kevin Owens, and he at least had the ability to beat him cleanly.

    I’m not saying he’s the best wrestler or most charismatic guy in the world, but he has a decent look and his chant was over. “Feed Me More” really was a fairly big thing for a while with the crowd.

    WWE are reaping what they sow right now and are desperately trying to elevate the NXT talent in place of a rapidly thinning roster. They’ve realised what position they’d have veen in if they kept the same course and Randy Orton and John Cena suddenly weren’t around (which eventually they weren’t). Luckily, it’s not hard because most of the wrestlers they’ve been taking on are already stars.

  4. I think he’s one of those are are going to be screwed with the massive influx of established talent. They have taken on so many established ROH, TNA and NJPW stars that the guys who didn’t get beyond a certain level just aren’t going any higher. WWE is now on a turn to elevate their product and the sad fact is about 30% of the roster is going to suffer. Ryback was always floating from gimmick to gimmick trying to get into WWE, but he never had a personality that stuck. Guys like Jericho and Show can jump heel/face as much as they want as they are established, but Ryback isn’t that level and needed to be one or the other. He had some talent, but he’s the same as Big E and Rusev, but those two have embraced their personality and made more of it. Ryback seems like he’s waiting for the WWE to give it to him instead of taking the spotlight himself.

  5. CM Punk was the “best in the world” HBK is the “show stopper” how was he making fun of punk here?

  6. I was curious to why his graphic was advertised for the Battle Royal and then he wasn’t in it.

  7. When Ryback came out for the match he did Punk’s “It’s clobberin’ time!” entrance.

  8. But not a good one. He’s more of a self-absorbed bully who whines when he can’t get the matches he wants. He came off more whiny and self-centered in his feud with Kalisto than the heel. He needs to spend $9.99 and go back and watch the real heels from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to see what it is to be a real heel that generates actual heat.

  9. ‘Bye, Felicia. With all the talent coming up from NXT (who are really, really good) now is not a time to show your ___ trying to get more money. He ain’t ROH material but I’m sure New Japan and AAA can afford a gaijin/gringo meathead.

  10. It was really over when Punk bitched about him to management during their feud! He should’ve beat Punk clean for the belt like Jericho said and he would’ve been instantly over. Of course The Shield wouldn’t have had the same impact they had upon arrival. Cena can’t get the blame for this one though. Ryback missed his opportunity with Punk. His Cena program was just a place holder.

  11. If Dixie could get her financial house in order (meaning sell controlling interest to ROH) Ryback, Barrett and maybe even Swagger would be great pick-ups for TNA.

  12. That’s the way Vince has been booking his heels lately; as self centered, whining cowards that can’t get the job done on their own. Look at Seth Rollins before his injury. He’d constantly use J&J or other members of the Authority to help win matches or to cause disqualifications which allowed him to keep the title. Look at Kevin Owens. He’s turned “Fight Owens Fight!” in to “Walk Owens Walk” whenever he’s been in serious jeopardy during a match. Then he whines and moans about not getting title shots. Look at the League of Nations before their breakup. They were forever interfering in each others’ matches leading to wins or DQ losses. Look at Charlotte. Ric Flair is always interfering in her matches and she’d rather lose by dq or run and lose by countout (this hasn’t happened much) than win by pin or submission, just as long as she remains champion. The New Day was the same way before their face turn. The third member of the team would always interfere in their matches.

    It’s nothing new, though. You mentioned the heels of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. For decades whenever Ric Flair was defending the World Title and was about to be pinned the other Horsemen would run in and cause a dq to cost Flair the match but keep him as champion. Whenever the Russians (Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff, and Khrusher Khruschev) were defending the World Tag Team Title the third man would constantly interfere. Same for the Fabulous Freebirds and more recently, the Heenan Family, Dungeon of Doom, DX and the nWo.

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