Having parted ways with WWE back in August this year, Ryback has been busy wrestling in the independent circuit of late. The former WWE Intercontinental champion, recently spoke on his podcast about the kind of challenges he has faced, ever since he left the most popular brand in professional wrestling.
Ryback said, “The biggest challenge since leaving there was trying to focus. I’ve got my hands on so many different things, I have been so excited to be able to do so many different things that I now have the opportunity to do, and I feel like I have to pace myself to how much I am doing.”
“Because I have gotten to do so many different things now, which requires daily weight training and constantly trying to stay in shape, as I am not working 4 or 5 nights a week; I have to make sure that I am doing the Boxing, and [I] am adding the Muay Thai and the Jiu Jitsu, being in top shape, which is what helps me stay in the wrestling shape I was in.
The powerfully-built wrestler also revealed what he has learnt from the WWE and how he is putting it to use at present. “Now, I do media stuff; I understand when I worked with WWE that is how they do their business; you do local radio advertisements, etc. I can put my stuff on social media, that stuff is good, but it’s not a whole lot,” said Ryback.
Talking about the challenges he faced, while he was working with the WWE, Ryback opened up about how he felt that he was doing a lot but not getting enough in return. He stated:
“The biggest challenge for me there was working there and giving everything that I had knowing I wasn’t getting the same in return.”
“It was hard living that life, day in and day out, knowing I was working for somebody that knew what they had but just chose not to use it to its full capacity. Internally, that was a struggle with myself, and I became very unhappy because I had this contract and I wanted to fulfil it as long as I could. But it came to the point where eventually I had to leave, and to get out at a certain point, and that was an easy decision for me that day in St. Louis,” added Ryback.
The former WWE superstar also spoke about how he is unfazed about wrestling in front of smaller crowds but just wants the place to be filled with as many people as possible. He said, “When I go to these shows, I don’t care if it’s a small building or not, I want it to be filled as much as possible because that’s just doing good business.”
Ryback went on to say, “If I can wrestle in front of 500 people instead of 200 people, I want to wrestle with 500 people, and everybody there would want to wrestle for 500 people, so if I can help the cause and awareness to the event, because I’ve been used to doing that or so long.”