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Trivia / Ryback

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  • Adored by the Network: Apparently, Vince McMahon has really gotten behind the idea of Ryback becoming a top star.
  • Development Gag: The name Ryback makes a little more sense if you know that he wrestled on the independents as "The Silverback" Ryan Reeves.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: He took to referring to his fans as "Rybackers" on Twitter.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Ryberg, in reference to his similarities with Goldberg.
    • Also, Goldberg Van Dam, due to the singlets he wears being reminiscent of somebody else. And there's a very good reason for that: RVD and Ryback have the same graphic artist for their ring gear.
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    • After seeing him struggle to pick up several opponents for his finisher, some fans have taken to calling him "Rybotch".
    • Daniel Bryan has a tendency of calling him "The Ryback."
    • After his heel turn and feud with John Cena, he became "Rybully".
    • After a few decidedly uncomfortable segments, fans have dubbed him "Rapeback".
    • Roidback is another one, due to his physique.
    • His Red Baron "The Big Guy" originally started out as this.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: A very straight example of this. As much as WWE liked Ryback, they didn't plan on giving him a WWE Championship match as early as they did, but after John Cena had surgery to repair an injury and took longer to heal than originally planned (and keep in mind that Cena's known for usually coming back faster than expected from legit injuries), they had to go to him as a backup.
  • What Could Have Been
    • One can't help but wonder how different the Nexus storyline(s) - and Ryback's own WWE career - would have gone with Ryback not breaking his leg.
    • International Championship Wrestling had announced a Thunda In Guyana show for May of 2017, which typically feature Caribbean independent wrestlers, but when the month arrived it was pushed back to July first with the promise of "bigger superstars in the wrestling fraternity" such as Al Snow, Tommy Dreamer, Tyrus, Carlito Colón, Bobby Lashley and Ryback.
  • You Look Familiar: Was once part of Tough Enough season 4, and a couple years later NXT and was part of Nexus, but broke his leg at a house show and was gone for nearly a year and a half.

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