The breakout WWE Superstar of 2012, Ryan Reeves, known as Ryback, has thus far failed to live up to the lofty expectations
place on him. Can the 31-year-old turn the tide with his newfound partnership with Paul Heyman?
Sheffield headlined the 2010 edition of SummerSlam when he teamed with his Nexus cohorts to battle Team WWE in
an Elimination Tag Team Match. During the contest, he eliminated both John Morrison and R-Truth before ultimately exiting
at the hands of Edge.
In 2012, Reeves resurfaced as Ryback and would go on to be the breakout WWE Superstar of the year. His big break took
place when an injury forced Cena out of a WWE Championship Match against CM Punk at Hell in Cell, resulting in
the Las Vegas, Nevada native being slotted in the spot. Unfortunately for the 291-pound beast, he came up short in the match
and subsequently, numerous pay-per-view bouts in the ensuing months.
At WrestleMania 29, before 80,676 fans at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Ryback suffered a
surprising loss to fellow powerhouse wrestler Mark Henry. Ryback, however, quickly shook off the loss by turning heel and
becoming a contender to Cena's WWE Championship. Though Ryback knocked out the CeNation Commander-In-Chief in their Last
Standing Match for the title at Extreme Rules, he did not capture the gold since the bout was ruled a no-contest.
Ryback then came up short in a subsequent rematch at Payback, losing a Three Stages of Hell Match.
Ryback is often compared to former WWE and WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg because of their similar bulldozing grappling
The 291-pound monster is looking for shots at both The Undertaker and Goldberg
Two things Ryback has in mind is ending The Undertaker's famed undefeated streak at WrestleMania and taking on
former World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg.
Speaking to TribLIVE (to promote Monday's Raw at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania),
the WWE Superstar considers it a "good thing" that the topic of a showdown with Goldberg is constantly discussed by
"For me, I grew up watching the guy. He came in an era and dominated. I still remember to this day being in high school
and him taking on Hogan. It was during my summer baseball tournament in Mesa, Ariz. All the guys went out and I stayed back.
'Ah, I gotta stay back because I got stuff to do.' I stayed in my hotel room to watch Nitro and watched Goldberg take on
Hogan when he defeated him for the World Heavyweight Championship in Atlanta. The reaction that man got out of all those
people, it takes a special person to do that," said Ryback.
"I'd love to take on Bill Goldberg. I think it's a match that's going to make me a lot of money. It's going to make him a
lot of money. It's a match the WWE Universe want to see. I said recently that if people keep chanting his name at me,
they're going to make me a ton of money. WWE's going to want to bring in Bill Goldberg to face Ryback."
Despite his interest in facing Goldberg, Ryback does not consider it his "dream match." Rather, it is facing The
Undertaker at WrestleMania and ending the streak.
"No, one of my main goals is ending The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak. It's something everyone has their opinion on.
Some people say it's something that should never end. I say why not? I say I'm good enough to end it, and I'm very confident
in myself. I know there are a lot of people that will say otherwise, but I could care less what they say. I'm the one who
wakes up every day and knows how hard I've worked for this. It's something, if I don't believe I can do it, nobody else is
going to believe it," said Ryback.
"I talked to him (The Undertaker) last year at WrestleMania. He made a comment to me. We were down by the ring somewhere
and he said 'I hear you're doing some interviews and saying you want The Undertaker.' I said 'You're damn right I do.'
That's all it was. Whether it happens this year or the year after, I don't know.
"Whatever the WWE asks of me, I will do because they are my employer. I give them everything I have because I have a love and passion for this and there is no ego involved. The Undertaker is definitely another one for WrestleMania. There is no bigger for me. The streak has become its own attraction. If that's a possibility, I'm there."
Ryback also reveals what he would be doing if he wasn't wrestling, his reaction to discovering he would be working alongside Paul Heyman, and what he plans to do to become WWE's premiere Superstar. The full interview is available here.
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