It has been a few months since Ryback made the decision to part ways with the WWE. However, he has continued to talk about his former employer on many occasions through interviews. In a recent appearance on Busted Open, Ryback shed light on an idea for WrestleMania that he proposed to Vince McMahon.
“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 records 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 hugely, 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 f–king be that out of touch.’ Maybe he didn’t want me to go away for six months or whatnot. I don’t know.”
This follows in line with the 34-year-old’s request to be featured as a top-billed superstar in the company with a match against a legend in the business. It would have pit two of the strongest wrestlers in the ring against each other that would have been quite intriguing. This was obviously denied By McMahon that may have been part of what caused a rift between both sides.
Instead of getting his wish, he was put in a kickoff match for the United States title against Kalisto that he lost. Ryback clearly had a greater view of himself with the company than what McMahon had. It was just another reason why it was better that both sides parted way.