After it had emerged that he was sent home from a recent Monday Night Raw, Ryback has become one of the most talked about figures in professional wrestling.
It has been announced that Ryback's contract is currently being disputed and it's clear to see that Ryback is not happy with his current status. Giving that he is not happy with his status, it makes the current ongoing contractual negotiations that bit more interesting.
The Ryback character burst onto the scene on April 6, 2012, edition of SmackDown. He was billed and booked as a monster face, challenging for the WWE Championship on multiple occasions, but always coming out with a loss often due to interference or other foul play.
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Without question, in 2012, Ryback was one of the most protected talents on the roster and had a standout year. This momentum started to gradually fade away with him not being able to win the big one and then going on to lose the 2013 Royal Rumble match to John Cena. It was a downward spiral from there.
Fast track to the year of 2016 and Ryback has fallen into the middle of the card losing at the last two Pay-Per-View kickoff shows to Kalisto for the United States Championship.
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It's completely understandable as to why Ryback is disappointed with his placement on the card, holding a genuine belief that he should be featuring in main events and high-profile storylines.
To what extent Ryback has the fan support to make it big in WWE is now questionable because of his lack of direction over the course of the last couple of years. After what many would consider a failed run as a Paul Heyman guy and a lackluster tag team with Curtis Axel, Ryback's stock has declined.
Although 'The Big Guy' is big news at the minute, had the contract have not been coming to an end, the wrestling world would have more than likely forgotten about Ryback, especially as there is a new number one contender to the United States Championship.
Losing Ryback from WWE will more than likely not be seen as a major loss for the company. He has stated in previous interviews that he is interested in going into a different type of career, which at this stage, is more likely now than ever.
Ryback is not all that good on the microphone which is why so many fans saw it a blessing when WWE united him with Paul Heyman but he simply couldn't live up to the standard that such stars as Brock Lesnar and CM Punk had previously set.
While Ryback's Intercontinental Championship reign was proof that he had improved on the microphone, it still showed that he wasn't a top mic worker in the company and this hasn't really changed since.
We've seen an influx of bigger guys with Big Cass, Kevin Owens, Titus O' Neal and Baron Corbin being pushed on the main roster. Ryback's place as 'The Big Guy', therefore, is no longer as valuable to WWE as he may have been when he debuted the Ryback character.
Although he's had impressive feats of strength against the likes of Mark Henry and Big Show, it's hard to believe that a guy such as Cesaro couldn't do the same, if not better.
Ryback simply is not the best talent on the WWE roster and has proven to be quite vocal in the recent weeks in regards to his position, something that Vince McMahon surely will not appreciate or like.
If WWE were to remove Ryback from the active roster, there would be a lack of care about the situation.
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