Paul Heyman has revealed the name of the former WWE wrestler that he knew wouldn’t be a star.
Speaking during a High Spots Virtual Q&A, Heyman covered a wide-range of topics, including who he knew wouldn’t be a success in WWE.
Commenting as only Paul Heyman can, the former owner of ECW, singled out Ryback calling him a “schmuck.”
“Ryback. Would you like to know why Ryback? Because he was a schmuck.”
Ryback signed first appeared with WWE in 2004, competing on WWE Tough Enough. The Big Guy impressed enough to earn a WWE developmental contract after the show. Known as Skip Sheffield, the Las Vegas native debuted on the main roster as part of Nexus in the summer of 2010.
In August of that year Ryback broke his ankle which would keep him out of action for more than 12 months. Upon returning from the injury the former NXT star worked his way into world championship contention, eventually losing to CM Punk at Hell In A Cell in 2012. However, despite his run at the top of the card, he only tasted silverware once during his WWE career, winning the Intercontinental Title in 2015.
Ryback made his final WWE appearance in May 2016 where he was defeated by Kalisto. Following a contract dispute, Ryback officially left the company that August.
Elsewhere during the Q&A, Paul Heyman also had praise for tag team high-flyers, the Street Profits. Heyman commented on their ability to cut a quality promo adding “I don’t think they’ve even scratched the surface of how great they are.”
H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.