Ryback is born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He begins watching professional wrestling at the age of eight. With hopes of one day becoming a professional wrestler, he begins weight lifting at twelve years old. In 2004 he decides to enter WWE’s Tough Enough competition to become a professional wrestler. Despite losing the competition he is offered a developmental contract.
Ryback talks to WWE.com about NXT and taking the competition seriously.
Every week I take the competitions extremely seriously. I don’t think all of the other NXT Rookies necessarily do. I think they are very important as far as getting extra exposure. You never know what you’re going to get out of them. Even though they don’t always deal with in-ring skills, I think it’s important to show the WWE Universe and the WWE Pros that you take this stuff seriously. And no matter what it is, I’m out there to win.
Punk defeats Ryback in singles competition contested inside the Hell in a Cell cage at the pay-per-view of the same name. Punk picks up the pinfall victory at eleven minutes and twenty-two seconds to retain the WWE Championship.
Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose make their first appearance as The Shield at WWE Survivor Series by running in through the crowd to attack Ryback during the evening’s WWE Championship triple threat match. The trio put Ryback trough the announcer’s table with a set up powerbomb.
Punk retains the WWE Championship by defeating Cena and Ryback in triple threat competition at Survivor Series. Punk picks up the pinfall victory over Cena at seventeen minutes and fifty-eight seconds.
Ryback talks to NorthJersey.com about Wrestlemania and his match with Mark Henry.
You’re going to see two monsters going out there and it’s going to be a match unlike any other match on the card. I think at the end of the day it’s going to be a match people remember; Ryback lifting Mark Henry over his head Shell Shocking him and 70,000 plus screaming at the top of their lungs ‘Feed Me More’ with me.
Wrestlemania 29 is held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutheford, New Jersey. The event features The Miz vs Wade Barrett, Mark Henry vs Ryback, Fandango vs Chris Jericho, The Undertaker vs CM Punk, Triple H vs Brock Lesnar and John Cena vs The Rock.
Cena and Ryback fight to a no contest in a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules. Both men are helped out of the arena by EMTs and trainers after the pair fall through a piece of the stage. Cena retains the WWE Championship due to the draw ending.
Cena retains the WWE Championship by defeating Ryback in a three stages of hell match, scoring two out of three victories in the bout. Cena picks up the final victory at twenty-four minutes and thirty seconds by putting Ryback in an ambulance.
Henry makes a surprise return at WWE Survivor Series, answering Ryback’s open challenge. Henry defeats Ryback via pinfall in four minutes and forty-seven seconds.
Ryback talks to DirecTV.com about Batista’s WWE return and The Royal Rumble.
I’m offended that he’s (Batista) back. I’m the one and only “Big Guy” in the WWE. I go out there each and every night. I work the full schedule. I do all the cool power moves that you don’t see anybody doing anymore.
The Usos retain the WWE Tag Team Championships by defeating Rybaxel on Monday Night RAW. The Usos pick up the pinfall victory at eleven minutes and fifty-five seconds.
Ryback talks to First We Feast about his own cooking and the catering at WWE events.
Right now, I’m here in Vegas. I got whole wheat protein pasta cooking and a whole pound of steak cut up, loaded on a low simmer, cooking as well. That will be my first real meal of the day. I’ll take that, pour it all in a big bowl with a little bit of pasta sauce. When I’m home, that’s usually my first meal every day.
Ryback takes to Twitter to address claims made by CM Punk during his interview on The Art of Wrestling. The tweets have since been removed
For the record if I quit for being fragile and insecure I would make up excuses too. Things didn’t go my way for a long time and I kept going day in and out. Slander is a powerful thing and to state complete made up nonsense for no reason shows his insecurities. I will continue to bust my ass study matches every chance I get, cut promos when driving and push myself for hours on end even when hurt. Thank you!