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Former Top WWE Superstar Addresses Rumors Of Surprise Return In Men’s 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Will this year’s 30-man Royal Rumble match at the WWE Royal Rumble 2021 pay-per-view feature the return of a certain “Big Guy”?

Former WWE Superstar Ryback addressed rumors that he will be making his return to the promotion as a surprise entrant in this year’s Royal Rumble match during a recent installment of his podcast, “The Ryback Show.”

Featured below are some of the highlights from the episode, which also includes “The Big Guy” talking about the importance of downside guarantees in contracts to wrestlers and more.

On the importance of downside guarantees in wrestlers contracts: “What they will do is always try to pay you close to your downside. So if I had been on a $750,000 downside, my pay would magically aligned with that. That’s why they will tell talent that it’s not important.

“It’s the most important thing a wrestler can do is get the highest downside possible, because it will push them to use you at a certain level more often than not. It’s not to say they won’t mess with you still and do things, but they’re going to get their money out of you and you will get that as a minimum…They keep you within that range.”

On rumors that he will return as a surprise entrant in this year’s 30-man Royal Rumble match: “First of all, even if I was going back to WWE with what I’ve gone through, I would not go back to an empty arena to the Thunderdome. What I have gone through, I deserve a full crowd. I owe myself that.

“I love myself enough and I have enough respect for myself with what I’ve overcome with needing a five disk fusion and shoulder replacement and this never in the history of athletes being done before, which I don’t care how people believe or not believe, this is I am coming back to a full crowd. That is just established. I’m not working you. I’m not lying. I’m not going to show up. I’m not going to be #27. I’m not going to be #30. I’m not going back to WWE.”

Check out the complete episode of The Ryback Show featuring “The Big Guy” at Apple.com.

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