Ryan “Ryback” Reeves addressed his contractual dispute with WWE in a new Tumblr post. “Today I sit and fly home and for the first time in years feel absolutely free,” he wrote. I will start by saying I did request to be taken off of WWE television until myself and Vince could get a yes or no on a new deal. This has been going on since my IC Title run and had been nothing but a major strain on my life as all I ever wanted to do was work for WWE. I was told to head home until we agree or not agree to specific terms and contrary to reports it isn’t over money or a bus that stuff was settled a while ago. It comes down to a major problem I have with not only WWE but wrestling in general…”
“Why not pay the talent equally? The winners have more MERCH as it is or are supposed to anyways so they get that extra perk, but why make the guy who is told to and agrees to lose earn less and sacrifice spots in big pay per view match ups etc. This is one of the major problems with wrestling and WWE today. Most guys take great satisfaction in helping making other talent, the bitching and the moaning we always hear about stems from the fact they know they are ultimately over time going to make less and live in fear of being released…
“WWE may very well release me, which if it is the case so be it. If we can work things out a lot needs to change as I am not living in fear and creatively cannot continue to live a life that limits me creatively. I have many other interests and passions and have been very smart with my finances over the years. I thank every WWE superstar from top to bottom for their sacrifices and for working with me. The world is an amazing place and there is more than just a WWE universe there is The Universe and I will prove one way or another over time I am the greatest big guy in the universe!” Read the full post at Thebigguyryback22.tumblr.com.
Powell’s POV: Ryback had a lot more to say and I encourage you to read his full post (we ran a few paragraphs of his post above). I don’t think he will ever get his way when it comes to the talent being paid equally. It’s a unique thought and while I think that while the work of enhancement type talent should be appreciated, they just don’t mean as much to the company as top stars do regardless of the fact that they may have helped the top star achieve his status. In pro sports, the star athlete makes more money than other teammates who may have played an instrumental part in his or her success.
To close with what may be a telling line, Reeves added: “Being told no matter how hard I work or how good I get doesn’t always pay off is something I f—ing refuse to ever believe in my life. I am a creative being and to be restricted time and time again is no way to live life.”