We recently reported that Ryback and Booker T were involved in sort of an online battle, in which Ryback challenged the WCW Legend to a real life fight, which Booker accepted, but The Big Guy then backed out of it, by saying he wouldn’t do it for free.
Former WWF/WWE manager Uncle Zebekiah aka Zeb Colter (Dutch Mantell) then commented on the situation on his own podcast, and stated that he thinks Booker T would beat Ryback in a real fight.
Back during the Ruthless Aggression Era, Booker got the upper hand on powerhouse main eventer Batista backstage in WWE, before it was broken up, which proves that the 5x WCW World Heavyweight Champion is a proper bada** who shouldn’t be underestimated by anyone.
Here’s what Booker T said on his ‘Hall of Fame’ podcast:
“Big shout out to Dutch Mantell for putting me over saying I’d beat the hell out of Ryback in a fight and that’s true. That’s damn true.”
Ryback was destined to be ‘The Next Big Thing’ in 2012, when he achieved an impressive 38 match undefeated streak, that could’ve easily continued for at least another year, if WWE hadn’t put him into the main event too quickly, in order to replace an injured John Cena.
CM Punk was going to drop the WWE Championship to The Rock at the upcoming Royal Rumble 2013 PPV, so they had to end Ryback’s streak somehow in the main event of Hell In A Cell 2012, and they did so with the referee turning heel and screwing The Big Guy.
After the undefeated streak ended, the bad booking for the up-and-coming top star continued and his push in WWE eventually came to an end.
He was released from his contract in August 2016 and then went on to wrestle on the independent scene, but has not been in the ring since August 2018.
Ryback recently announced that he will return to professional wrestling within the second half of 2023, but hadn’d announced so far, which promotion he will work for.
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