During episode four of his new podcast, Conversation with The Big Guy, the former “Ryback” spoke about having nightmares when he first got into wrestling, Luke Gallows turning him onto “The Secret” and more.
Regarding having nightmares when he first got into the business, Ryback said, “During that whole period, my first couple years wrestling, I had [nightmares]. I never was a guy [to have nightmares]. Like, I used to have dreams and I started having nightmares because my mindset had gotten so negative. I don’t have nightmares anymore.” Reeves continued, “my circumstances in my life, things that had happened overwhelmed me and even in my sleep I couldn’t escape it. And with the drinking during the day, I couldn’t get rid of this. Not even in my sleep was I safe.”
He continued, explaining why Luke Gallows, formerly known as Festus in WWE, helped him.
“Luke Gallows, who was Festus at the time in the WWE, I think he’d gotten wind that things were not good with me. Probably all the guys talking because, for him to come into Smokey Bones, he never would come in there and I think he wanted to see me. And I believe he came in there for a reason.”
Ryback added, “He came in though and he ordered and he was having lunch. He goes, ‘I hate seeing you like this’ and I go, ‘like what?’ I’m in denial, ‘what do you mean? I’m f–king great. life is good.’ And he goes, ‘no, it’s not. You need to be wrestling. You belong wrestling. You are a wrestler.’ And I was like, ‘well, I don’t know what to do right now. I can’t get by. Like, I have to work all the time.’ And I think at that point in time, he was having a little run with Undertaker as Festus. For him, his booking as Festus, that was kind of a high point during that. Yeah, and he goes, ‘I had just read this book called The Secret.’ And he goes, ‘it has changed the way I think and it’s helping me a lot.’ And so he left me a tip for $30.00 or $25.00, whatever it was. And there was a bookstore across the street and he goes, ‘I want you to go get this book as soon as you can.’ And it was one of those things. I think I had left work that day and just ran across the street and bought it. And then, I read that book. When I read it and went through it, it was so overwhelming because it made me realize just how negative I was being.”
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