Ryback Talks About Missing Wrestlemania 28, How ‘Skip Sheffield’ Held Him Back & More In New Interview

RybackWWE Superstar Ryback was recently the subject of a new interview by writer Nick Teodoro of NorthJersey.com and the North Jersey Media Group.

Teodoro has been writing a series of articles in anticipation of WWE Wrestlemania 29 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This latest interview features Ryback's thoughts on how his ankle injury affected his attitude, his character, and more. You can read a few excerpts below:

On missing last year's Wrestlemania and his attitude going forward:

“Last year, I was sitting there watching in the stands as I was coming back from a big injury, and it was kind of still up in the air what we were going to do with [my character], I was remaining positive, but I told myself last year ‘this was the last one that I’m sitting out [and] I’m going to be a part of the rest of them.’ It was such a horrible feeling not being a part of it.”

Ryback's thoughts on his NXT character Skip Sheffield:

“When the [ankle] injury happened, I told myself ‘this was the best thing that was ever going to happen to me because deep down in my heart I knew I couldn’t do what I needed to do with the name ‘Skip Sheffield.’ “It’s a dopey name. It’s not a name that the general public will get behind, no matter what I’m doing out there. So being away for a year and a half and coming back under my own terms was a blessing in disguise, and the best thing that ever could have happened to me,” Reeves said.

On where the inspiration for his "finish it" taunt came from:

“Razor Ramon was actually my favorite for quite sometime. There was just something about [the character]. The reason I do that ‘finish it’ [taunt] with my arms is because, if you remember, Razor Ramon would always kind of fire it up and throw his arms out.”

Teodoro and NorthJersey.com will be featuring several more articles this week during the buildup to Wrestlemania 29. You can read the rest of this interview by clicking the following link.