Ryback On Undertaker Criticising His Gimmick
On the latest episode of Ryback’s podcast, the former WWE star discussed Undertaker criticising his gimmick:
I remember Undertaker came down to FCW and [Pat Buck was] here for this at this point. And CM Punk, actually, was there, with Taker. And I spent a bunch of money on, a got a new Ryback outfit made and I was all geeked up and jazzed up to, I had a promo cut on The Undertaker for Ryback and it was a weird thing having him just sitting there staring at you as you’re in the ring cutting a promo on him. And you’re like, ‘who’s this guy?’ Do you know what I mean? But I just thought it was, I put my heart and soul into it. And I remember afterwards, I think Taker didn’t approve of it or something. Yeah, I think that’s what [Undertaker] said, that it was too 80s, which is funny looking back. Absolutely. And at that point, when you’re in developmental, you just f–king get critiqued left and right. That’s the name of the game and you just take it. And everything happened for a good reason and all that, but when you get a guy like The Undertaker saying something like that, changes have to be made.
So I get called into the office with Dusty Rhodes and he just tells me, he goes, ‘I want you to do, you’re a funny guy, we need to get away from this Ryback character.’ And I’m [defeated]. Everything on my mind with the positivity and I created this, and we have something with this and ‘you just love this – what are you talking about?’, ‘now you’re being told you can’t like this, but you told me you love this’. And he goes, ‘I need you to come up with a new character.’ And I go, ‘can you help me out?’ Like, he goes, ‘all these stupid football players, like, they’re hired with no experience.’ He goes, ‘you’re not like that.’ He goes, ‘but I want you to make fun of it.’ And he goes, ‘you’re a stupid former football player.’
Sara Lee Gone From WWE
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE have quietly released Tough Enough winner Sara Lee. She was on $250,000 a year and it seems the company don’t want to continue the investment. Her co-winner Josh Bredl is still training and doing NXT house shows.
Alexa Bliss On Dressing Like Harley Quinn
In a recent interview with Cleveland.com, SmackDown’s Alexa Bliss discussed dressing as Harley Quinn at Backlash:
I am a Harley Quinn fan. I am a big fan of characters in general. When I was in NXT, we would dress up in themes like Freddy Krueger and Iron Man. [Buddy] Murphy, who wrestles in NXT, just recently dressed up as Two-Face. And I was like, man wish I could do that stuff. I really want to do a Harley Quinn inspired outfit. So he helped me come up with it. I love being a villain. It’s just so much more fun. Fans like Harley Quinn. I don’t think Alexa Bliss, as a character, cares what people think.