In a recent episode of his great podcast, former WWE superstar Ryback discussed who had put the idea in his head to start on the path with using steroids. I highly recommend that you check out the original audio, as it is chock-full of a deeper look into the past at this superstar. One thing that Ryback did open up about was how he was introduced to steroids. In his younger days, it isn’t any wonder that this guy spent a lot of his time in the gym. On an unrelated side note, I remember actually going to see Ryback live, when he worked for the WWE at a live event. Words cannot describe how much larger than life this man appeared when he made his way out into the ring. It is very important to know that, according to Ryback, all periods of time where he was using steroids were before he was in the WWE.
As you know, the mega power in professional wrestling has a very strict steroids policy, hearing about Ryback admitting to using them before he was in the organization only goes to show just how strict the policy is. It’s interesting to hear about the tale of one fateful gym trip that led to a chance encounter with Jay Cutler, a bodybuilding icon and not the Denver Broncos professional football player. You can’t say that Jay Cutler doesn’t know how to spot potential because he did see just that in Ryback. Wanting to add more to the already amazing genetics that Ryback had, Cutler had advised him that he could have a legendary physique if he had used gear.
It’s funny to think about how one sentence can I have such an incredible impact on one’s life. For Cutler, he could’ve just been saying this to a random stranger in passing, yet it help to sculpt the future career of Ryback. According to the former WWE wrestler, Cutler’s words would go on to haunt him in the upcoming years. Eventually he did succumb to pressure and there was a brief period of time where he was using steroids but again, it’s very important to note that this was before he ever entered into the WWE. Hearing this glimpse into the past of Ryback, along with his very personal story, doesn’t make me wish that we could see him back on regular television again.
I’ve often been fascinated by such a physical specimen like this person and have learned quite a bit about him throughout the years. Even whenever we see someone who looks like they are miles ahead of us, it is a fact that can bring us down to earth quickly when we think that they struggle with the same decisions that we do every day. Hearing about this fascinating look into a dark past also goes to show that anyone can find their way out of the darkness and into the light. Although he might not currently be signed with the WWE, I don’t think that we’ve heard the last of Ryback anytime soon. Believe it or not, Ryback was primed to once carry the company as a star heel, which is another word for saying bad guy character. With awesome feuds with a-list talent, you can’t say that Ryback doesn’t have what it takes to be a larger than life athlete. Although he did mess around with steroids, even this guy realized that you don’t have to use gear to be a big guy!