During a recent interview with The Shining Wizards, former WWE Superstar Ryback discussed a match finish that still bothers him to this day. Ryback noted that the finish to his match with Mark Henry at WrestleMania 29 is something that still bothers him to this day.
Below is what Ryback said:
“No it didn’t make any sense to me and it bothers me to this day that I even let that happen. And I talked about it with my whole ankle situation. It was one of those things, and that was kind of Vince’s nail in the coffin to try and really bury the Ryback babyface character before they turned me heel the next night with Cena, which was the loudest reaction I got up to that point. It was 7 months of straight losses on Pay Per Views and that was running red hot and they took that momentum and transferred it over to The Shield with no payoff for me.
I spoke with Vince for 30 minutes before the WrestleMania 29 PPV with the understanding that I was going over that night before the heel turn with Cena which would have made sense from a booking standpoint. One, picking Mark Henry up in the way I pick guys up for the Shell Shock, is no easy task. He’s such a large human being, and I not only had to pick him up once, I had to pick him up once and then fall on my face. Essentially they wanted me to look like I f*cked up my own finishing move. If you don’t believe what I’m saying about all these past incidents, just look at that one night. Logically from a creative standpoint with a babyface as hot as I was in that period…just imagine them booking Roman Reigns to embarrass himself, ya know what I mean? He’s red hot in a babyface role, or a Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins to look like they f*cked up on their own. All the guys, I remember, the guys that I’m close with up there go “you should not do this” and I was like what do you want me to do? I’ve already voiced my concern and he told me, “this is gonna be your first excuse as a heel that you couldn’t cut it. And it was just him lying. It was what it was.
And luckily, if you look at that next night at RAW when I turned on Cena, the crowd was with me more than ever after 7 horrible months of booking in a top position. It sucked. I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t bother me to this day. Because I know how hard I worked for everything and stuff like that doesn’t come along all that often. We had something really special. But I’m still the same guy. My work ethic is still the same. That’s why I chose to ultimately leave.”