Former WWE Superstar Ryback is one of the most physically gifted competitors we've ever seen inside of a WWE ring, but it turns out that "The Chairman Of The Board" Vince McMahon actually had a different perspective on the former Intercontinental Champion's build.
Ryback departed from WWE last year citing frustrations with equal pay for wrestlers, and was granted his release from the company. Since leaving; Ryback has started his own supplement line, has begun working the indies, and now hosts his own podcast, Conversation With The Big Guy, where he talks about his time with WWE.
Recently "The Big Guy" joined Colt Cabana's podcast, The Art Of Wrestling, to talk about a variety of professional wrestling topics and touched on his time with WWE. One such topic brought up was an incident in which Vince McMahon stated that he thought Ryback was too fat.
For most of Ryback's career he has been wrestling in a singlet, which was reportedly a decision from Vince McMahon because he believed he was overweight (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"Its' funny because [Vince] was the one that put me in a singlet because he thought I was fat at one point. I have never been fat at any point in my career but this was a real thing.
"Word had gotten back to me that I needed to lose 30 lbs, and this was right before I debuted as Ryback, he said.
"I was in trunks, but they put me in a black singlet, which made me look like a black Big Show. I thought to myself that I had to do something with this, so I got a hold of RVD and asked him if It was cool that I airbrushed my singlet because I had to do something.
"I had done this the week before and everybody was like, oh that looks good, so I thought, OK, this is going to work.
"I responded back that it wasn't happening, and that he can talk to me if he wants to, but I'm wearing my singlet. I'm in control, I'm not wearing trunks.
"So, afterwards I started not to trust anything that was going on. Finally, everyone was pissed off so I went to the back and talked to Vince McMahon and said that we needed to talk," Ryback said.
"I went to his office, we talked, and had a conversation about the singlet. I felt that I won the conversation, but not really since he controls everything.
"Eventually I went to trunks because I knew I was leaving and it became a mindgame at that point. John Cena approached me later and said to me, 'Congratulations.
"You won that conversation.' Ultimately, did I really win? I didn't win on TV after that."
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