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Ryback Reveals How WWE Showed Him The Ultimate Disrespect Financially


• WWE VIDEO HISTORY (May 22, 2006) – WWE Monday Night RAW

On this day in 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’.

This episode was broadcasted from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE/ECW One Night Stand 2006’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

– WWE Intercontinental Title: Shelton Benjamin vs. RVD

– WWE Title: John Cena vs. Chris Masters

– Kane vs. Trevor Murdoch

– Mickie James vs. Torrie Wilson

– Handicap Match: Shawn Michaels vs. The Spirit Squad

• Ryback Reveals How WWE Showed Him The Ultimate Disrespect Financially

During a recent edition of ‘Conversations with the Big Guy’ podcast, former WWE Superstar Ryback talked about his pay in WWE.

Below is what Ryback said:

“Something that got me into trouble is I would keep track of the gates and ask the reps what our gate is tonight. Then I would document that on my phone so then you can see what they are paying you. I saw my pay fluctuate so much for no reason. A lot of times you only get $500 for these live events. Especially the guys on the low downside. Therefore everyone tries to get as high as a downside as possible because they have to pay you your downside every week.

What they try to do is whether you are on a $3,000 downside or $20,000 downside, they will put those live events and TV to equal that downside. It very important that you get a high downside there. Hunter and those guys will say downside doesn’t matter. They are full of it, they mean everything. And a guy with a million-dollar downside is making way more than a guy with a $100,000 downside.

When I main evented a 20 day tour I made $35,000 (for the whole tour), nowhere near what previous main eventers made, but I have no way to reference that, so how can I check that? To break this down you would probably do 10-12 tour shows and then TV you would get paid for. When I got downgraded creatively, working more, working longer matches, I was dropped down to the $15-16 thousand range.

The ultimate blow was tagging during the RybAxel period, John Cena wasn’t on the tour for some reason (so refunds were issued), so Axel and I had to wrestle the Shield (Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) in the opening tag each night because Roman and Randy main evented.

Roman and Randy would kick off the show with a promo. We would go out and attack Roman and beat him down, Dean and Seth come and make the save and all chaos would break out. Then a tag match would be made between us and Dean and Seth.

Then we do that 20-25-minute tag match for the John Cena refund match. Which no refunds were issued because we went out there and killed it every single night. Then Randy got hurt a week into this tour and said he couldn’t wrestle so they took me and Axel, with Randy in the main event working a six-man tag for the whole second half of the tour.

Randy couldn’t wrestle during the match. We were 30 minutes every night, working hurt the whole time and I left shortly thereafter to get fixed. I made $13,000 that tour. I got that payout and turned babyface Ryback and asked this is the least amount I have made on a tour, we were sold out every night, supposedly this was the biggest tour we have done in years and I said we main evented, in the refund match with no refunds, working hurt for 30 minutes every night, this is nothing. The lowest I have ever seen for a tour.

I was told don’t ask questions if you want to come back as babyface Ryback, don’t rock the boat and don’t ask questions.

I do not have all the answers but there needs to be something done to keep them in line. Because they abuse the system and they abuse the wrestlers. The wrestlers don’t have a voice.

The main event guys are not going to speak out because they have their money, or what they perceive to be a lot of money. They have created this vicious environment where something needs to be done.”

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