It's been a tumultuous week for Cornelius P. Rybackerton III, who goes by the professional wrestling "ring name" of Ryback. On Sunday, the grappler competed in a loss on the pre-show for WWE's Payback PPV event, where he wore a weightlifting belt with the slogan "Pre-Show Stopper" on it and mimicked the entrance of hometown Chicago hero C.M. Punk. Just days later, Ryback was the subject of "dirt sheet" rumors that he had been taken off of WWE television after a contract dispute in which he demanded more money. Following that up, Ryback released a blog post on Tuesday detailing the reasons for the disagreement with WWE:
Today I sit and fly home and for the first time in years feel absolutely free. 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.
Ryback then bench pressed a small automobile and slapped himself in the face repeatedly before continuing with a very shocking revelation:
Wrestling is pre determined, we as performers know before we go out to that ring or perform a backstage scene who is winning and losing etc or have a general idea of what we are going to say.
Ryback then laid out a problem:
It blows my mind how in a sport which is pre determined from a company standpoint winners are paid so much more than the losers. Every single person who works for WWE from top to bottom is absolutely just as valuable as the next. The winners cannot win unless the losers go out there and agree to lose to them.
It blows my mind that in this day and age though we still adhere to this formula. Obviously things have always been this way, but does that make them right? Times have changed and our goal as humans should be to evolve and learn from our past and the past of others so we could make this world a better place. Why is it a guy who is told he is going to go out and lose and does everything he is told be paid not only less, but much less than said winner over a period of time. Every single performer for WWE sacrifices the same amount of time from home and their families and every single man or women goes out and does what they are told. Looking at this formula though losers turn into what fans like to call jobbers and their value decreases in the companies eyes and before you know it they get released. For what? For doing exactly as they are told!
At this point, Ryback took a break from his blog post to rip a tree out of the ground, roots and all, and take a comically large bite out of it with his teeth. He then went on:
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.
I am proud to say I have never gone to change a finish and have gladly took pride in helping put over other talent. Hell look at my pay per view record of 12-26 and you will see that has been the pattern of my career. I have always been confident in my ability and work ethic to being my best every day and ultimately always felt that by doing good it was the right thing to do. Personally seeing my money go down over the years though even though I was working as much as ever and being denied magazine covers and other projects as well as watching my role diminish no matter what I did or how hard I tried takes its toll on a human. Being told no matter how hard I work or how good I get doesn't always pay off is something I fucking 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. There is nothing I cannot do and I know no matter what comes of this situation I am going to be just fine. It isn't soley about money, it is about commitment. Commitment to a guy who fucking cares and who loves this more than anything in the world and wants to know that his passion his efforts and his determination to constantly improve is going to be recognized and taken care of.
Energized by his own thoughts, Ryback then declared that "the Big Guy is hungry," clarifying that "the Big Guy is hungry for more equitable pay rates for WWE contractors" before encouraging his cat and two goldfish to chant "Feed me more. Feed me more. Feed me more. Feed me more."
Ryback admitted that his actions in speaking out could have serious repercussions for his career, but he didn't mind:
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!
Ryback then headbutted a concrete pillar before announcing, "Wake up! It's feeding time!" and literally eating his computer, though he did publish the post on Tumblr first.
And while the thoughtful critique of WWE's business practices may come from an unlikely source, they seem spot on to us. So what do you think? Does Ryback have a point? Would you follow him to another wrestling organization to show your support? Let us know in the comments.