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
At the tender age of eight, Ryan Reeves began watching professional wrestling and was permitted to ring the bell at a
World Wrestling Federation live event. Following his desire to become a professional wrestler, Reeves began lifting weights
at the age of twelve. He was nicknamed "Silverback" as a youngster, after a youth companion joked that he looked like a
Gorilla, and later embraced it as part of his ring name. While attending Western High School and Palo Verde High School,
Reeves flourished in football and baseball. He also played baseball during his freshman year at the Community College of
Southern Nevada, but broke his leg and wound up missing two seasons. He later attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas
to enroll in their fitness management program.
While attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and working part-time at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, Ryan Reeves
spent time training to become a professional wrestler. In 2004, WWE announced that a fourth Tough Enough competition
would be held on SmackDown! (in response to Raw holding the first annual "Raw Diva Search" contest) and
Reeves sent a one minute videotape of himself to become a contestant. He was invited to Venice Beach, California, with forty-nine
other contestants, with the prize being a $1,000,000 WWE contract split evenly over four years with only the first year
Despite suffering from bronchitis and a rib injury during the evaluation session at Venice Beach, Reeves became one of the
eight finalists to appear on SmackDown!. Although he did not win the competition, Reeves impressed WWE officials
enough land a developmental contract. After spending time healing from his injuries in Las Vegas, Reeves headed to Atlanta,
Georgia, in March 2005 to begin training to become a professional wrestler.
Ryback speaks from a hospital bed
On August 28, Ryback released a YouTube video purportedly from a hospital bed saying he "needs to get fixed" via surgery.
Ryback said he's been wrestling hurt for "about seven months" with a "couple strained groins and two sports hernias."
Ryback said he could be called selfish or crazy for wrestling hurt for most of 2014, but he pushed through his injuries to keep wrestling for the fans.
Ryback vowed to returned better than before and "things will go my way."
According to Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch, Ryback has recovered from his ailments and has been cleared
to wrestle. However, he has yet to return because WWE is mulling over how to re-introduce him on
on television; this could include tweaks to his character and a renewed singles push.
Ryback was, at one time, thought to become the new face of the WWE. Shortly after his debut, he was thrust onto the main stage against WWE Superstars such as CM Punk, John Cena, and The Shield. One night removed from coming up short against Mark Henry at WrestleMania 29, Ryback executed a heel turn after attacking John Cena. It's been all downhill from there for the Las Vegas native.
The heel turn hindered his momentum rather than helping it. He was unsuccessful in winning the WWE Championship from Cena that spring and spent that summer bullying people in catering.
His failed partnerships with Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel haven't done him any favors, either. Before he went under the
knife, Ryback was engaged in an on-and-off feud with Gold and Stardust as part of Rybaxel.