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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?

As a Rookie on the premiere season of WWE NXT in 2010, Reeves became known as the "Cornfed Meathead" Skip Sheffield, who goes to the ring full throttle. And his combination of muscle and hustle coupled with his signature catchphrase "yep, yep, yep, what it do," proved that Sheffield knew victories and putting smiles on fans' faces were equal parts of the job.

In the summer of 2010, Sheffield joined his fellow NXT rookies in the creation of one of WWE's most feared factions, Nexus. As a member of the renegade group, Sheffield shelved his fun-loving side in favor of a more ruthless brand of domination. Alongside leader Wade Barrett, the Texas native took part in systematically dismantling WWE's foundation, including brutal attack on Chairman Mr. McMahon, Hall of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and John Cena.

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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 styles.

Ryback Says He Wants To End The Undertaker's Undefeated Streak And Take On Goldberg

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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 wrestling fans.

"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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