Full Name Ryback Allen Reeves
Born November 10, 1981
Early life and Origin:
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Ryback’s first appearance on WWF was as a guest bell ringer at the age
of 12. He started lifting weights being inspired by professional wrestling, and went on to excel at
baseball and football in college. During his freshman year, Ryback broke his leg and missed two
seasons. He entered a fitness management programme at University of Nevada while working part
time at Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino.
Life in WWE:
Ryback entered WWE in the show Tough Enough and during the first week of training got infected
with bronchitis and sustained a rib injury. He was one of the eight finalists and last to be voted off
the show. He healed from his injuries and after training went to WWE's Developmental Territory,
Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW)
There he failed a drug test and was suspended for 30 days, but he claimed this was due to a
bodybuilding supplement. After a long time in development, he became a part of the new NXT show
in WWE where William Regal was his mentor.
Ryback was also part of the 8-man Nexus team to invade Raw, as the rookies dominated the main
roster. They were eventually defeated by John Cena,s team at SummerSlam
Ryback was unfortunate to suffer several injuries while working for WWE and later came to the
Championship picture in 2012. He was booked as a ‘beast’, dominating anyone who came in his
path. While he competed for the WWE Championship many times, he never won it.
He always competed near the top of the card but due to inconsistent booking the fans, and later
WWE lost interest in him.
Ryback won the Intercontinental Championship once during his entire career at WWE.
Involvement with CM Punk:
His involvement with CM Punk would come back to haunt Ryback as Punk called him out for being
an unsafe wrestler and hurting him on several occasions while taking on Colt Cabana's podcast,
something 'the big guy' has objected to vociferously.
In 2016, Ryback announced on his Instagram that he had parted ways with WWE and entered the
Independent Wrestling Scene.