Ryback Says Skip Sheffield Was Dopy & Stupid, His Reaction To "Goldberg" Chants

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Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald has part two of his interview (we recapped part one here) with Ryback now online. Below are the highlights:

Debuting in WWE as Skip Sheffield:

“I’m a big believer in the law of attraction, positivity and that certain things will happen to us,” Ryback said. “I feel that had to happen to me for me to be able to do what I’m doing right now. I felt I was ready back then, but again, I had a dopy and stupid name. I wasn’t necessarily the focus of attention in that group. I wasn’t supposed to be by design anyways. It was good to get me away for a while. It was a lot longer than I think any of us expected…

Bill Goldberg chants:

“I didn’t expect that,” he said. “I had been on the road from about the end of December, but didn’t debut until after WrestleMania, and not once did I get anything like that. Then once I got to TV, I think maybe the style of matches and the facial hair. I think it was the intense style and the undefeated streak. It never bothered me one bit and never will because I was a wrestling fan all my life. We become very loyal to those we see on TV before us.

“There are a lot of people that are very loyal to Bill Goldberg and rightfully so. It’s only fair that people are going to make comparisons to new talent that may come up. Not necessarily that I was a brand new talent, but people are going to make comparisons. It’s just one of those things. I know that I’m a lot different than him. I’m a different character and different in a lot of ways. It took time for people to see that.”

“As you’ve seen the Goldberg chants have gone down tremendously, if not completely gone away,” Ryback said. “Every once in a while you will hear fans at TV or the pay-per-view try to get them going, but they are drowned out by, ‘Feed Me More’. If I was going out there every night and doing the spear and Jackhammer and mimicking his mannerisms, then yeah, they would probably still be there. But there is a lot more to Ryback. I understand them, but they don’t bother me at all. It just takes time to get a fan base and have people become loyal to you.”

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  • denise

    Well said Ryback…….

  • Cena is the reason Ryback got over. 1.) because he was injured and needed a replacement, and 2.) Cena was basically Rybacks cheerleader for a few weeks. I think that played a huge part in stopping the Goldberg chants. Funny how Ryback doesn’t mention that in the interview.

    • H.M.

      Talk about overthinking things. Ryback didn't get over solely because of Cena. He was building a fanbase prior to the main event scene albeit not as large as it is now simply due to the fact that he was still being compared to Goldberg. Besides, he's taken the ball given to him and run with it. Even with Cena still around, Ryback so far has actually gotten legit reactions from the fans as a babyface. Nobody can take that away from him.

      Leave it to the IWC to put virtually anything a talent under scrutiny says into a negative light lol.

      • Blazeking

        "Leave it to the IWC to put virtually anything a talent under scrutiny says into a negative light lol."

        *le sigh*

        There is no "Internet Wrestling Community", they're wrestling fans with internet access. These people go to shows whenever they come to their town. The internet is just the voice of the same people. Why do you think Vince had Cole stop trashing the IWC after a while? It wasn't a good business move.

        But everything you said is correct though!

    • Snap

      I'd say Cena's endorsement certainly helped for getting people to really care about Ryback facing CM Punk so, yeah, he definitely played a role. So did Punk, with his selling the size and power of Ryback at Hell in a Cell. In the end, though, it's Ryback himself who will get over with the crowd and maintain a fanbase.

      Cena could, however, really give Ryback a rub if he were to put Ryback over clean in a match to determine the #1 contender for a World championship, it would certainly mean a lot more than just stepping aside and saying "Ryback deserves a shot." As with anybody, that loss wouldn't hurt Cena at all and could only benefit Ryback.

      I also thought it was fairly obvious that "Feed me more" wasn't a food-based catch phrase, though the writers certainly didn't help with having Ryback speak in food metaphors when he started speaking on the mic. Unfortunately, I don't think "feed me more" did anything to help distance from the Goldberg comparison as Goldberg's "Who's next?" meant essentially the same thing.

  • nWo 4 Life

    Ryback Fears The Spear!!

  • Tna

    I wanna see ryback include the spear in his move set would be sick I reckon

  • that_one_guy

    Actually i think the shield got ryback over think about it the fans really got into ryback after survivor series everytime the shield is out there that’s all u hear is “feed me more” cena helped bt its the shield who helped more

  • Bishop

    Anybody getting that weird feeling that some time in 2013, maybe Summer Slam, we're going to see Cena (Hogan) vs. Ryback (Warrior)?