Ryback Says He Knew He Would Catch On, Says Dusty Rhodes Took Gimmick Away From Him

Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald has a rare Q&A online with Ryback to talk about being a DLC in WWE ’13. In it, he  talks about breaking in as well as why he first debuted in WWE as Skip Sheffield.  Below are the highlights:

“…Everything takes time. I knew I was going to catch on right away, but it does take time to get going. It is good people anticipated and wanted to see me on it, and WWE and THQ gave them that. So that is always great to see.”

“I had to write a letter to the news on why I loved wrestling, why I wanted to be a wrestler, who I wanted to meet, etc.,” Ryback said. “I had won probably around 20 something tickets through the news contest and all the radio contests in town. I took all my neighborhood friends and went to the show that day. I got to be the guest bell ringer and got to go in the ring before the show when they announced my name. That was probably the exact point where I knew this was pretty cool and that I could do this one day.

“I believe it was Dr. Tom Prichard and Chris Candido of the Bodydonnas versus Barry Horowitz and somebody else. That was the match I was the guest bell ringer. I think the main event that night was Bret Hart versus Diesel in the steel cage.”

“I was in Deep South Wrestling with Bill DeMott, and that was very aggressive and very boot camp style,” Ryback said. “That made me mentally tougher than anything. Maybe I didn’t get the ring psychology, but I got certain aspects down there that I wouldn’t change for anything. That is a big part of who I am. Then I went down to OVW with Al Snow. That was more psychology based. That was a little bit more on the mental side and more behind the scenes. That’s what I got from him more than anything, not much in-ring stuff. That’s probably on me, too, in that regard.

“I was gone for about a year-and-a-half before I got signed by FCW. Dr. Tom Prichard was by far my best trainer, as far as understanding talent. He polished me and got me ready. Put them all together, and this is what you get. A lot of guys are rushed up way too early. You need to be put through some things before you are put up there. You have to know how to react and handle the pressure.”

“That’s something [Skip Sheffield] you can blame Dusty Rhodes for,” Ryback said. “I was Ryback…It’s my name and what I believed in. Dusty Rhodes pushed to get that taken away and wanted me to do something different. Again, everything happens for a good reason. I don’t regret any of it, as it allowed me to do something a little different. I’m Ryback now, and that is pretty much all that matters to me. There is no looking back, as far as that is concerned.”

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  • opie

    Dusty Rhodes has no place in the business. I’m not sure he ever did.

  • SC89

    I don’t agree with that. Yes I do believe Ryback is a great guy and I’m glad he is over now but that to me came across as arrogant. After all, it was only after various amounts of help from Cena and Vince that it finally happened. He’s not someone like Daniel Bryan who got himself over huge on his own. He needed help. That said I suppose the ends justify the means.

  • PFElton

    Dusty is not the saint that history revisionists have made him out to be.

    I know it's a favorite talking point to go on about the Hogan's and Outsider's of the world killing WCW with their politics, but before any of them showed up it was Dusty & Friends Vs. Flair & Friends causing the same kind of grief for the rest of the roster.