Listening to Ryback’s weekly podcast has been an exercise in dissecting the psyche of the Big Guy, who clearly believes he was a big star that could have been the biggest one in the company, and was held back by everyone else not understanding him or giving him a chance. This week, Ryback pointed a finger at 15-time World Champion John Cena for cutting off what many felt could have been one of the biggest angles in company history, The Nexus. Ryback was a part of the Nexus, under the name Skip Sheffield, until he suffered a serious ankle injury that would sideline him for over a year. Due to a combination of injuries and poor booking, the Nexus angle eventually flamed out, although it did last for over a year in various incarnations. Ryback didn’t mince words when he was assigning blame for the failure of the angle, and in his opinion, most of it fell on the shoulders of John Cena (h/t WrestlingInc.com for the transcript).
“None of us know what’s going to happen with our careers, but we know we’re going to be a faction called The Nexus. And for a lot of the WWE Universe, a lot of fans, they loved it. It was a great faction and it was underutilized.” Ryback added, “[Wade Barrett] was the mental leader. I was the physical leader. I always kind of put it as that. Like, and I felt like that came across very well with the dynamic of the group that we had. And I felt like people got that. I felt like we both played our roles perfectly in that and that’s why, a big part of why that all worked, along with everybody else that added their [[contributions]. [Justin] Gabriel was the high flier and Gabriel was a huge part of it too, I feel and everybody was. Everybody had their role.”
“[The Nexus] was not used properly mainly because of John Cena. F–king marks, that’s your headline for the f–king week. And it’s a fact across the board. Everybody knows it and he did not want that to go any further than what it was going to go passed because it was working, because it was eight guys getting over naturally. That’s why. God forbid guys get over naturally.”
“That’s what happens when you get a noncompetitive athlete in the top position who’s not used to competing in real life. That’s what happens.”
Now, maybe our memory isn’t perfect, either, but as we recall, Ryback was roughly the fourth or fifth most-important member of Nexus, and not put in any sort of leadership position. Yes, he was the “muscle” of the group, but he was basically a weapon that attacked under the direction of the other members. But hey, that’s what we’ve come to expect from Ryback’s weekly rant about how WWE done him wrong!