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Ryback Was Supposed To Face Ultimate Warrior At WrestleMania XXX

 

On a recent episode of Conversation With the Big Guy, former WWE Superstar Ryback stated the original plans for WrestleMania XXX were for him to face the Ultimate Warrior.

In 2014, a WWE legend who people never thought would patch things up with Vince McMahon returned to the company—The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior was rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame, and it turns out it was just in time, as the former WWE Champion passed away just days later. According to Ryback, WWE actually had bigger plans for Warrior than his Hall of Fame induction and actually penciled in the man formerly known as Jim Helwig to make an in ring return, against The Big Guy no less.

Ryback went into detail about when he found out his and Warrior's wrestling plans. He revealed that WWE has a basic outline for what they're heading towards months in advance of WrestleMania, which makes sense, and that WWE higher up Mark Carrano let him have a look at the planned card. He recalls thinking the idea was cool while also being apprehensive due to not knowing what shape Warrior was in at the time.

The Big Guy reveals a lot of tales on his podcast, and this one about his potential WrestleMania showdown with the Ultimate Warrior is just the latest. As well as being apprehensive, Ryback commented on the likelihood that he would have had to put Warrior over in what would have been a 'one or two-minute deal'. Despite that, he admitted he "100% would have done it because I did everything that they asked me there."

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Ryback left WWE in 2016 over contract and pay disputes. While with the company, he was actually considered a main event player for a while, competing for the WWE Championship alongside the likes of CM Punk and John Cena. Once he fell out of the title picture, the former Intercontinental Champion became somewhat outspoken about his disillusionment with his station in the company. Towards the end of his stint, he even had "Pre-Show Stopper" written on his gear as he kept being featured on the company's pay-per-view kick off shows.

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After Alberto Del Rio, Ryback is probably the former WWE employee with the most supposed grievances to air about the company. In all fairness, his almost match with Ultimate Warrior wasn't fielded as a complaint and more of an interesting story. Considering the fact that Warrior died two days after WrestleMania XXX, it's probably for the best that, what would have been an exhibition match between him and Ryback, never happened.

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