College Times has a new Q&A online with Ryback to promote Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Below are the highlights:
Are you looking forward to the Royal Rumble in Phoenix?
I am definitely looking forward to it. The last time I was there, I was actually in a two-on-one handicap match with Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins. I’d like to think that was what made Tyler Reks quit wrestling, was wrestling me. This time around it’s the Royal Rumble. It’s the beginning of our “Road to Wrestlemania.” It’s one of our big four pay-per-views. Ever since I was a kid this has always been one of my favorites.
How much say did you have in the evolution of Ryback?
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.
Who do you count among your friends in the WWE?
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.
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