Ryback pulls out of WWE due to contract dispute
Ryback has pulled out of WWE due to a contract dispute.
The wrestler - whose real name is Ryan Reeves - has revealed that he asked Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon to take him off WWE TV while they attempt to hammer out a new deal before his contract expires later this summer.
He wrote on his Tumblr page: "I will start by saying I did request to be taken off of WWE television until myself and Vince could get a yes or no on a new deal. This has been going on since my IC Title run and had been nothing but a major strain on my life as all I ever wanted to do was work for WWE. I was told to head home until we agree or not agree to specific terms and contrary to reports it isn't over money."
Ryback went on to reveal that the major issue in his new contract negotiations is his demand that losers received equal pay to winners in WWE since the outcome of the fights are predetermined.
He explained: "Wrestling is predetermined, we as performers know before we go out to that ring or perform a backstage scene who is winning and losing etc or have a general idea of what we are going to say. It blows my mind how in a sport which is predetermined from a company standpoint winners are paid so much more than the losers.
"Why is it a guy who is told he is going to go out and lose and does everything he is told be paid not only less, but much less than said winner over a period of time. Every single performer for WWE sacrifices the same amount of time from home and their families and every single man or women goes out and does what they are told."
And Ryback, 48, insisted that he has other plans outside WWE if contract negotiations stall.
He said: "WWE may very well release me, which if it is the case so be it. If we can work things out a lot needs to change as I am not living in fear and creatively cannot continue to live a life that limits me creatively. I have many other interests and passions and have been very smart with my finances over the years."