Ex-WWE Star Ryback Rips John Cena For Being ‘Poison’ To Wrestling Industry
Ryback is continuing his one-man campaign against WWE, exposing some of the issues he faced over his six years with the company. This time, he’s taking aim at 15-time world champion John Cena, whom Ryback is accusing of politicking backstage and burying other talents.
The big issue Ryback takes with Cena is how he buried Alex Riley backstage, right at a point where Riley could have been something more than just “that guy who used to come to the ring with The Miz”. Of course, Ryback gets a bit more fired up than you’d probably expect, dropping expletives left and right, and declaring Cena “poison” to the wrestling industry. The entire thing played out on Ryback’s podcast, Conversations With the Big Guy. You can check out the transcribed highlights below via Wrestling Inc:
“John’s blocked on my Twitter. I blocked him, he’s legit [blocked], I blocked him a long time [ago]. He [has] been a piece of s–t to me since Day One. And people, the guy, I was nothing but nice and respectful to him and I know Alex Riley just came out and [admitted he had issues with Cena] and when people hear what really happened with that, they’re going to lose their s–t. Like, and I know, I have a pretty good idea of what happened with that and the guys in WWE. And, one, it’s f–king hilarious. And, two, it’s hilarious what people will find out about John. So he used to s–t talk me when I was in the ring. I remember I was in there against Mark Henry. You’ve got to remember, I came up with all these guys in developmental and I know everyone who’s sitting backstage. No, John [used to talk trash], I used to be back there for John when Riley was in the ring, when the company was f–king with him because John was hot at him because of what happened and all this.”
“But John would sit back there and bury Riley in front of everybody for no reason and Alex Riley is f–king money and he was money from Day One. Busted his ass, had awesome theme music, worked his ass off, went out there and got a reaction from the people, but because of John Cena and I swear to God, I swear to f–king God, because of John Cena, his career is over in the WWE for no f–king reason outside of John and his personal issues. Unbelievable.”
“John comes from that [mentality of], ‘well, we’re going to push one guy down your f–king throats.’ No, you push who the crowd is behind.” Ryback added, “he has been poison to the [professional] wrestling industry. I told [podcast co-host Pat Buck] this before. We talked about this before. And again, this is my opinion, but I think I’m pretty accurate on this is I think he [has] done so much harm for so long to new talent to getting [over], breaking out, over there.”
“I had my experiences, and other talents up there have their experiences, that I think Hunter finally had to say, ‘what the f–k do I need to do?’ And I think he started with the NXT thing and bring up all these NXT guys and protecting the f–k out of them. There [are] so many guys now that John just can’t f–king pick his battle with one guy because there are nine other guys that are hot on his [heels]. Do you know what I mean? And he [has] been surpassed now and so Hunter’s brilliant if that’s what he did to get rid of the f–king Cena problem.”
If true, this is a pretty big indictment of Cena’s backstage politicking, and an expose on the hypocrisy of WWE’s brass ring approach. You can’t really grab the brass ring if the people at the top levels have already decided you can’t go above midcard status. With that said, Ryback has spent so damn long just burying everything about WWE, and talking about how big a star he would’ve been if not for x, y, and z, that it’s getting to be a bit like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Of course, Riley himself has confirmed that Cena buried him, in interviews he’s given since being released. Granted, I don’t think Ryback really cares whether or not anyone believes him. Still, I doubt this is the last time he goes in on WWE or its top-level personalities for holding him (or his friends) down.
But what do you think about what Ryback had to say about John Cena? Sound off in the comments!
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