Ryback reveals he asked Vince McMahon to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania

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As soon as the WWE confirmed that they had parted ways with Ryback, fans knew it would only be a matter of time before he revealed some big backstage details about his time with the company.

He’s already spoken on the likes of CM Punk, the type of person Vince McMahon is and his own direction in the company since ditching the Skip Sheffield gimmick to return as The Big Guy.


It looks as if Ryback is at it again. Speaking to Busted Open, he’s been discussing the rumours of possibly fighting for Bellator MMA as well as reflecting on CM Punk’s disastrous UFC debut.


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The former WWE Intercontinental Champion also spoke about an idea he pitched to Vince, which was shot down.

According to Ryback, he proposed an angle to make him look like a credible WrestleMania opponent for Brock Lesnar.

The story would have him leave the company to compete in mixed martial arts and would return to the organisation with new MMA skills to take on The Beast Incarnate.

As we know, nothing of that sort happened, thankfully.

He said: “My idea was, and I went to Vince, I’ve been asking for Brock Lesnar for WrestleMania for the last three years. But I told Vince, ‘you have to build me up properly.’

“And I go, ‘this pay-per-view, it will break all-time record if you build this match up properly.’ And I asked him, I go, ‘you need to let me go away for six months’ and I go, ‘I live in Las Vegas [Nevada]. MMA is highly, insanely popular. It’s pretty much the breeding ground here in Las Vegas of MMA.’

“I said, ‘let me go join a fight camp, full-time, for six months. We will make it look like I’m about to go out and do a real fight. I come back to WWE though, challenge Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

“Vince, just completely, it went over his head, and I just remember sitting there dumbfounded. Like, ‘Jesus Christ! You can’t be f*****g that out of touch.

“Maybe he just didn’t want me to go away for six months or whatnot. I don’t know.”


It’s unclear which WrestleMania was the one Ryback wanted to face Lesnar in, and the chances are any match between the two wouldn’t have gone through based on the actual plans that came to fruition.

He highlighted he wanted The Beast for the last three WrestleMania’s.

Lesnar’s first WrestleMania back with the company was at 29, where he lost to Triple H in a No Holds Barred match where if The Game lost, he would be forced to retire.

There was no way they were going to have Triple H sitting on the side to allow Lesnar and Ryback to clash.

Then we had the biggest shock in history at WrestleMania XXX when Lesnar conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak.

The following year he was defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns, where Seth Rollins completed the heist of the century to cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase.

It’s a good job the WWE didn’t sacrifice any of these matches for a clash with Ryback, with the latest clash with Dean Ambrose earlier this year perhaps the weakest of the bunch.

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