Despite wrestling for the WWE United States Championship at Payback preshow on Sunday, it appears that Ryback won’t be featuring on WWE television anytime soon.
Ryback (real name Ryan Reeves) was absent from Monday Night Raw and news quickly leaked out that he had requested to be taken off TV until a new contract is agreed to. Or perhaps not agreed to. With his current deal set to expire in the coming months, it didn’t make sense to keep him involved in a storyline or feud, just for him to disappear suddenly if he ends up not working for the WWE anymore.
On Tuesday, Reeves posted a lengthy Tumblr post that offers more detail about his decision to remain off screen and how he feels about the pay structure of the WWE in general. He questions why wrestlers that win more get higher salaries when all the results are predetermined.
Wrestling is pre determined, 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 pre determined from a company standpoint winners are paid so much more than the losers. Every single person who works for WWE from top to bottom is absolutely just as valuable as the next. The winners cannot win unless the losers go out there and agree to lose to them.
It could be argued that wrestlers aren’t paid more for winning. They are paid more based on their ability to draw viewers. Then again, how can any wrestler ever become a huge draw if they are constantly booked to lose? It’s an interesting dilemma, to say the least.
Reeves may very well has sealed his own fate as a WWE employee with this post, although it does seem to be written without animosity towards the company. Here’s the entire post: