Ryback explains what ended his first push in WWE back in 2012

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When Ryback made his main roster debut with WWE back in 2012, he was a force to be reckoned with. 

He matched incredible strength and power with huge support from the WWE Universe, who chanted "Feed me more!" everywhere they went. 

The Big Guy started his career very strong, winning a number of squash matches against jobbers and mid to low carders, before beating the likes of Jinder Mahal and The Miz in his first few months.

By October 2012, Ryback was on a 38 match unbeaten run and was cemented into the WWE Championship picture, against CM Punk.

However, things didn't go to plan for him, as Punk ended the undefeated streak and defended his title before Ryback quite suddenly fell out of the title picture.  

It seemed as if he was heading to the top - but Ryback's big push didn't actually last for long. By the time he left in 2016, he had never won a WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

In fact, the only title he ever got his hands on was the Intercontinental Championship - and that was towards the end of his WWE career.

So what exactly happened to Ryback's big push? Well, according to the man himself, his first loss to CM Punk killed it - and ensured he never had the same kind of momentum again. 


"I could have done a million different things. When I first got put into the main event, the first thing they should have done is that I shouldn't have lost when I did with CM Punk," Ryback revealed on a recent episode of his Conversation With The Big Guy podcast, per Wrestling Inc

"I should have never been put in that position with the momentum that we had. We had that for about seven, eight months after that.

"Or, you avoid putting me into that position altogether and you continue to build me up and letting the process naturally evolve. That was about it. It's not rocket science."


Ryback went on to liken himself to "lightning in a bottle", but explained that if WWE aren't fully behind a wrestler, they won't get very far. 

"We had lightning in a bottle, and they decided to let it out, and that is all there is to it. That could be recaptured in the right situation again, but you have to have both sides going for the same goal. If they're not, then s**t happens."


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