Ryback says fans shouldn't criticise him for failing in the main event spotlight

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Ryan Reeves, also known as Ryback, has hit out at WWE fans once again, this time on the premier episode of Conversation with the Big Guy.

The former WWE superstar has said the fans that claim he failed in the main event spot against CM Punk at Hell In A Cell in 2012 have always annoyed him, because he was only there to fill in for the injured John Cena and put Punk over, not to be a new attraction.

He said according to Wrestling Inc: "I thoroughly succeeded in the main event and I proved myself. I was not put in the main event though to be the man. I was booked into an unfortunate situation where I'm pulled, I'm put into Cena's spot, who Cena at the time was supposed to work Punk to put Punk over with all that.


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"Put in that situation, where you take the undefeated streak and you put me in there. And also, at that point, I'd not had long matches and I could. I wrestled in developmental for years. That was never an issue.

"It was the image we're creating on TV is this guy kills people and then you're taking that and going against these local guys and whatnot, and then you're putting me in the ring with a guy like Punk."

Ryback went on to say that he has the utmost respect for Punk and he respects his wrestling ability: "But you take me and how I look and you're putting me in the ring with him after doing all that and now you're asking us to do a whole different style and the people were not conditioned to that. And it was also horrible booking from that point on in my career.

"I think I lost the next seven pay-per-view matches or the next six. And during that time, I was the number two merchandise seller in the WWE, which a lot of people don't know about."

This is why Reeves is so against the booking style of the WWE, and he professed later on in the show that WWE should try to get all of its performers over in order to make sure that everyone always looks as strong as possible.

While this is a good way to go about things to make sure everything is fair, business isn't always that, and when it was at a time which Cena vs Punk was one of the biggest feuds in the WWE, having Ryback go over would have been a mistake and damaging because he was too much of an unknown entity to the fans.

Looking back, maybe the company could have put someone else in the main event spot instead of Ryback to allow him to flourish more as a singles competitor and not have his reputation so damaged by losing to Punk so often, which would have kept the fans on his side.

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