The uncensored and often controversial statements of former WWE superstar Ryback are always good for a dirt sheet news story, and The Big Guy’s latest podcast (transcription via 411 Wrestling) provided just that when Ryback got to talking about WWE title contenter Jinder Mahal and then got into WWE’s plans to expand into India.
“I don’t know why,” Ryback said of WWE’s plans to expand in the foreign market. “They have the TV deal, but people don’t have any ****ing money out there, so I don’t know why they’re trying. I heard that the merchandise sales out there aren’t good. No ****! I’ve been to India. They don’t have money. Certain people do, but the ones that do, I’m pretty sure aren’t ****ing watching fake fighting.”
Watch out, Big Guy. You’re exposing the business!
“You realize how good we have it over here when you go to places like that,” Ryback continued, burying the entire country. “You realize just how overpopulated the world is and how bad. It’s bad. I’ve been there for my media appearances years ago for WWE and I had to do a mall appearance, like 13,000, 14,000 people on like a tri-level mall. They had to run me out of there. When it was over, the people started rushing the barricades and we had only one WWE security guard with me and that was it. I swear to God, it’s the only time I’d been concerned for my safety ever. And they ran me out of there, threw me in a van, and drove me straight to the airport and flew me home.”
Ryback’s shopping mall tour (eat your heart out, Tiffany) wasn’t the only time Ryback had trouble in India. On his last tour there while working with WWE, Ryback described being brought to the embassy late at night against his will.
“We get to the hotel this last time,” Ryback explained, “and the security guard who is no longer with WWE, John Marx, tells me, Kofi [Kingston], and Dolph [Ziggler], ‘Yeah, you guys have to go back to the embassy’ or something, ‘Something’s going on – they need to see your passport.’ And I said, ‘The **** they do!’ I go, ‘I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying here and I’ll go to the ***ing show.’ And I go, ‘I’ll go to the airport with everyone else and go back home.’ Like, I’m not going to be taken out on a goddamn bus at night in India to go to the embassy. I already knew what was going on. They’re very corrupt over there in different parts of their government.”
“Sure enough, he says, ‘No, you have to f–king go. They’ve requested you, Dolph, and Kofi.’ So whatever guy there that was requesting this, he was just fans of me, Dolph, and Kofi,” he continued as claiming Dolph Ziggler has fans began to cost his story credibility. “And we had to go there. They tried to bribe money out of WWE security and the WWE representative and tried to get a bunch of free tickets and they wanted cash for whatever reason while we sat in a ****ing room.”
“This really let me down,” Ryback said, disappointed. “I was like, ‘They don’t give a **** about any of us.’ I was just like, ‘They let us get pulled out of this hotel to go to this ****ing thing and the WWE security guy took care of us.’ But who knows what… and those guys were fans of us, which is why they wanted to meet us, but we were put in this vulnerable position in a different country over money. That **** should have been taken care of before you go over there. Do you know what I mean? Or they should have said, ‘You guys stay at the ****ing hotel. We’ll take care of this,’ not, ‘We’re going to sacrifice your safety while we go work this out in their ****ing territory.’ I remember getting really hot over that. That shouldn’t happen to anybody. Like, I don’t like going to these places because it’s not ****ing… the rules aren’t the same. **** them. I thought it was bull****.”
Eloquent as always, Big Guy.