Ryback Allen Reeves is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his work with WWE as Ryback. He is a former Intercontinental Champion.
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Career
Early Years (2005-2010)
In 2005, Reeves sent an audition tape to enter Tough Enough. However, he could not compete on the show due to his injury. Even after not competing, WWE was interested in Reeves and signed him. Reeves finished his training in Deep South Wrestling and spent a few years in OVW before moving to NXT. In 2010, Reeves, who now goes by Skipp Sheffield, was part of the first season of NXT. They eliminated Sheffield from the show after a few weeks.
In June, he made his RAW debut along with the remaining NXT rookies and formed The Nexus. After weeks of terrorizing WWE, they were booked in a match against Team WWE. At SummerSlam, Team WWE defeated The Nexus. The group started disbanding slowly and lost some of its members during their feud with John Cena. After SummerSlam, he got injured, which took him out for over a year.
In 2012, Reeves returned to WWE under a new name and gimmick. Reeves' name was changed to Ryback. Ryback began winning matches on RAW and built an undefeated streak. The streak ended when Ryback faced CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell. After a controversial loss, Ryback continued his feud with Punk but failed to capture the title.
At Survivor Series, The Shield attacked Ryback. At TLC, Ryback and Team Hell No faced The Shield and lost. At Royal Rumble, Ryback was the last person to be eliminated by John Cena. At WrestleMania XXIX, Mark Henry defeated Ryback. The night after Mania, Ryback turned heel and attacked John Cena. He spent months feuding with Cena but didn't win the WWE Championship.
In September, he teamed with Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel to form Rybxel. They feuded with CM Punk and had several matches. The team had several opportunities at the WWE Tag Team Championship, but failed to win. The team disbanded due to Ryback's injury. In 2014, he made his return and joined Team Cena. After they won, Ryback defeated Kane in a Chairs match.
In 2015, Ryback, Rowan, and Ziggler were fired when The Authority was reinstated. At WrestleMania 31, he entered André the Giant Memorial Battle Royale but lost. At Elimination Chamber, he won the Intercontinental Championship. After the chamber, he began feuding with Kevin Owens. At Night of Champions, he lost the title to Owens.
After losing the title, Ryback entered the 16-man tournament to crown the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion but lost in the first round. In 2016, he turned heel and began feuding with Kalisto for the United States Championship. At WrestleMania 32, Kalisto defeated Ryback to keep the title. A few months after Mania, Ryback was released from the company. After his release, he worked on the independent circuit for around a year.
Championships and Accomplishments
|Championship||Number of Times|
|OVW Heavyweight Championship||1|
|HLW Heavyweight Championship||1|
|WWE Intercontinental Championship||1|