Ex-WWE Star Ryback Says Triple H Comment Changed Him Forever
Ryback has only been officially gone from WWE for a few months now, but he’s continuing his one-man crusade of bad press against the company. In addition to relating a story about how John Laurinaitis tried to fire him while he was recovering from ankle surgery, Ryback is now opening up about the comment that Triple H made that changed him forever.
The comment came after Ryback returned from his ankle injury, and began working in FCW (WWE’s developmental territory, at the time) until the company could find a new role for him. According to Ryback, Triple H made a flippant remark about how the company would have to pull the plug on him at some point. In his mind, Ryback felt he was being told that he had a very short shelf life in the company, and might never achieve top star status. As he explains on his podcast, Conversations With The Big Guy (H/T WrestlingInc for the transcription):
“Hunter, who was starting to gain more control over developmental at that time period, was coming to FCW a little bit. That’s when I think the wheels were kind of turning as far as him getting more and more involved in developmental. He comes up to me. He goes, ‘oh, how are you doing?’ I go, ‘I’m feeling good – I’ve finally got the metal taken out of my leg.’ He goes, ‘ah, eventually, we have to pull the plug on you.’ His exact f–king words. Hunter, Triple H, f–king, ‘eventually, we have to pull the plug on you’ [were] his exact words. So to remind you, by the way, and I’ve talked to other people that know me. Like, growing up, he was one of the few guys I actually really liked and I don’t want to say ‘looked up to’, but I liked his character and I liked the whole deal. So then, this guy who is now the boss, looks at me, ‘oh, eventually, we have to pull the plug on you.’I’ve never felt more let down in my life than that moment right there when he said those words. ‘Eventually, we have to pull the plug on you’ in a high pitched voice. And ‘eh, eventually, we have to pull the plug on you’. I just sat and stared at him in complete confusion and like and just ‘what the f–k?’” Ryback reflected, “it f–king not only hurt me, but it also lit a f–king fire under me that I am playing with the devil in all of this and that woke me up. That’s when everything [changed]. Whatever mark was in me at that point left that f–king moment in time. I was like, ‘f–k this – I’m now dealing with this piece of s–t across the board this entire company?’ That’s what changed my whole outlook on the wrestling business forever.”
On the one hand, I can see where Ryback is coming from, with regards to being upset about this. However, I feel as though he might be misreading the situation. To me, at least, it seems like Hunter was just making a really lame dad joke, especially when Ryback mentioned the high-pitched voice he was doing. It’s the equivalent of when a friend is sick with a non-life-threatening ailment, but you joke about “pulling the plug” on them anyway, to lighten the mood. Granted, I can’t say I’ve done that, necessarily, but I know people who have. Ryback was well within his rights to have been upset about the comment, especially since it was something flippant coming from a guy who should know, better than anyone, how hard it is to come back from a major leg injury. I just don’t think it was the career-dooming comment Ryback is making it out to be.
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