A Dozen Questions with Ryback
the WWE Superstar sounds off
Kick off the new year the right way — with a bodyslam! WWE Live is coming to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, this Friday, Jan. 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The featured main event is John Cena verses Randy Orton in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Other WWE Superstars scheduled to appear include Ryback, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, The Real Americans, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, Goldust and The Bella Twins (card subject to change). Ryback called the electric city and diamond city offices and we peppered him with 12 tough questions.
1. If you weren’t a professional wrestler, what would you be?
I’ve given everything to this profession, but I love personal training, fitness management and helping motivate people.
2. What’s the best thing about being in the WWE?
The best thing is that it’s a childhood dream of mine. I grew up watching it. I get to be a larger-than-life cartoon character every day when I wake up. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m thankful for each and every day.
3. If you could alter your action figure in any way, what would you do?
I would make it more jacked if that’s possible — granted I’m one of the few guys that looks like his action figure from a muscular standpoint. I would have mine a little bigger than everyone else’s.
4. If you could go back and wrestle any wrestling great, who would it be?
That’s a tough one. I grew up watching Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Razor Ramon and The British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith) — if I could step into the ring with anyone of those four, it would be an absolute honor. They were heroes of mine when I was a kid.
5. What wrestling great would you like as a tag-team partner?
Another tough one. A guy like Brock Lesnar. I believe we are very similar breeds as far as style and intensity. I think if you tagged us together, that’s an unstoppable force that would never be beaten.
6. What’s a hobby of yours that might surprise us?
I am a big reader. I’m very big on the Law of Attraction, positivity and books such as The Secret. We have a very busy WWE schedule with a lot of traveling and long drives at night, but I set a goal for myself to read at least 20 books. Considering our schedule, it’s not the easiest thing to do, but I enjoy reading.
7. Describe yourself as a young child with one word?
I’ll give you two: extremely active.
8. What was your first concert?
Believe it or not, I’ve never been to a concert. I love music, but I’ve never been motivated to want to go sit around a bunch of other people and watch a band play. I can get more from listening to the music and hear it better. I don’t want to say I’m anti-social, but I like to be by myself a lot because I like to keep track of my thoughts and focus. When I’m around other people, it’s hard to focus on your thoughts.
9. If you were forced into singing karaoke, what song would be you No. 1 choice?
I know a good one. “Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock. It has very simple words that I know I can sing.
10. What kind of action movie would you like to star in?
I would love to take over The Terminator role from Arnold Schwarzenegger. WWE is my home, but I feel I would make the perfect Terminator.
11. We read that growing, one of your nicknames was Silverback. What are some other nicknames you’ve had?
That (Silverback) was my nickname when I was a kid, but I call myself the Big Guy now because when people see me they say “Hey Big Guy!”
12. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself here in the WWE, hopefully leading the pack of a whole new generation of young, hungry talent traveling around the world entertaining the world like the WWE can. Id like to have some movies under my belt, work with sponsorships, charities and get my name out there. I’m excited for the future. There are big things in store for Ryback in the next five years.
— tom graham
WWE Live invades Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, this Friday, Jan. 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $15, $25, $35, $50 and $95, are on sale now at the Pennstar Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information, visit www.wwe.com.