United States Champion Kalisto may be nine inches shorter and 120 pounds lighter than Ryback, but that hasn’t stopped The King of Flight from accepting The Big Guy’s challenge to a title match on the WrestleMania Kickoff. In setting his sights on Kalisto and the U.S. Title, Ryback has invoked an age-old question: Can a good little man beat a good big man?
Ryback recently spoke with Brian Fritz of The Orlando Sentinel to promote his match against Kalisto at WrestleMania 32, and below are some interview highlights:
On the dynamic going into the match:
“Absolutely. I think David versus Goliath is such a great story. It’s an easy story to tell. I wish the build would have been a little more going into it and I would have liked a better spot on the card for Sunday. The opening match for WrestleMania is not a bad spot by any means. Kalisto is a very talented performer and the dynamic, the tools that he brings to the table and the tools that I bring to the table are going to create a very unique, interesting match.”
On how he feels his year went:
“Yeah. Obviously, I’m nowhere near where I want to be here in the WWE. A lot of things are outside of my control. All I can do is continue is to prepare, work my best, feel my best, stay healthy, continuing honing my skills and my craft and being the best all-around wrestler that I can be and entertainer and performer. Outside of that, everything is out of my control. I have to prepare all the way going into a match to the finish of a match. The results speak for themselves but from a professional standpoint, I’m nowhere near satisfied. I’m always hungry. I will eventually be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and put the company on my back. The sooner they realize that, the better.”
On his physical preparation and mental preparation:
“Absolutely, it’s from the beginning that I will not back down in my confidence one bit. I know how hard I work. Again, things are outside of my control. I did not create the company, somebody else created this world. So, until he [WWE Chairman Vince McMahon] has the same viewpoint that I have, when we’re on the same page, I will get those results. But until then, I’m going to keep busting my butt and chopping away because it will happen eventually.”
Crushing his opponents with palpable intensity, the 6-foot-3, 291-pound monster has the strength and focus of an android that was designed to annihilate. Ryback approaches every challenge with brute force and a no-nonsense demeanor that exudes supreme confidence in his own abilities. Operating under the mantra of “start full, finish empty,” he doesn’t just possess the skills to destroy a rival at any time. He carries himself as if that result is never in doubt and prepares himself immediately for an encore, hence his famous war cry of “Feed Me More.”
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As The Big Guy continues his campaign against smaller Superstars, Sin Cara looks to take the brute down to size. Sin Cara vs. Ryback: Raw, March 14, 2016.
Ryback Looks To Take U.S. Belt From Kalisto At WWE WrestleMania 32