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3. Ryback Says He Should’ve Won The WWE Title At Hell In A Cell 2012, Says Him Being Placed In The Main Event Scene After John Cena’s Injury Felt Wrong

During a recent edition of “Conversation With The Big Guy”, former WWE Superstar “The Big Guy” Ryback recalled the events that led to his WWE Championship match at Hell In A Cell 2012 PPV and why it didn’t feel right. Below are the highlights:

On if he knew the finish to his WWE Title match at Hell In A Cell 2012 PPV beforehand:

“No, I didn’t and it was a really, really tough thing for me that day because I was in a really tough situation going into that match. Me and Punk had been working live events. They don’t let you know anything there, typically. Punk maybe knew, but I was just being introduced to the main event and I found out that day Punk on multiple times went to Vince McMahon’s office. I was in a position where I wasn’t as comfortable as I am now or during my final feuds there where you kind of have to build up to that relationship and whatnot. I didn’t know what the plan was.”

On if he should’ve won the WWE Title on that night:

“100%. It started that whole process for me where things didn’t exactly go my way. I just remember it did not feel right when they first told me what we were doing. I don’t know if the plan was ever for me to go over. You have no way of knowing. It could have been, but things there change all the time. But I was not in a position where I could say, ‘I’m not going to do this’ because I’m brand new and I was being introduced into this main event role and they want to see if you can perform at that level and I had to trust the process that that point.”

On why being put in the main event scene after John Cena’s injury felt wrong:

“We saw the unbeatable beaten for seven months and somehow stayed very popular during that period, but it was tough. It was really, really tough. And, again, this question kind of brings up stuff. I remember during that point, it was ‘Ryback, we don’t want you wrestling for more than 10 minutes in a match. You destroy people and this and that or you don’t wrestle over six minutes.’ And we kept that formula, but now you’re putting me in there against Punk. And then, ‘well, we need you to do 16 minutes in the cage.’

‘Well, you just said you don’t want me doing more than 10.’ Do you know what I mean? The whole thing was just so f***ed up from letting this natural thing develop. When Cena went down with the injury, it’s cool you’re getting a main event opportunity, you’re getting better money, you focus on the positives with that and it felt really, really wrong from a creative standpoint.”

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