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    Posted: 13/November/2017 at 15:30
Quote Former WWE Superstar Ryback (The Big Guy) recently spoke out on the latest episode of his Conversation With The Big Guy podcast about the issues he sees with WWE's subscription-based model for their WWE Network service.

"I have the WWE Network. It's $9.99 a month. I don't pay for it; they give out this free subscription for all the talent when they were there. I've asked for them to revoke it but they won't," Ryback said. "I never asked them personally, like calling [Head of Talent Relations] Mark Carrano and personally asked him or anything, but I was talking to my buddy and we were talking about WWE and how they are a publicly traded company. We were going over their numbers and the WWE says that they have wanted to get in the 3 million range, but they've been stuck on 1.3, 1.4 subscription range."

"Here's the thing; I want them to succeed because I have a lot of friends that work there. I am doing fine, I'm doing great without them, but they have major flaws in their system where they do the free month," he said. "If you sign up by entering your email address you get a free month, but part of the problem is that they sign up with an email, get the free month and then cancel when they don't pay, and then afterwards they will enter a new email and get a free subscription again by creating a new email. It isn't hard at all to do and get another free month. They are f***ing themselves over by not having a better system in place that prevents this when remembering credit card information or names."

Ryback also went on to speculate about how many free monthly subscriptions are included in the total count figure released to investors at the quarterly shareholders meetings.

"Also, I'm curious how many free subscriptions they give away when they count towards their quarterly stock reports," said The Big Guy. "They always send me royalties as Ryan Reeves and have failed to mention that I legally changed my name to Ryback, which makes me laugh, so I went on there and changed my name to Ryback and updated my email and all that. I went to see if I can cancel my account, so I went on my personal computer because I couldn't see anything on my phone app, but I wasn't able to cancel it."

Ryback continued, "I went online to search how to cancel the WWE app, but the stuff that it showed me what to do to cancel it didn't show on my subscription because it is a complimentary access. I wonder if they give that number up by how many of the 1.4 million subscribers are complimentary access. It just made me think as I was talking with my buddy and I told him that I wasn't able to cancel my subscription and he wondered the same thing as to whether or not anyone else is able to cancel their subscriptions. The email thing is a huge problem for them on the WWE Network so they have to-- from a business standpoint - have to find a better filter in that email subscription."

Check out the complete episode of Conversation With The Big Guy at Art19.com.


 
It's stupid if it's as easy as that to get it free every month for as long as you want it. That's got to be wrong.....
 
1.4 million is paid subscribers from the last quarter announced the other week. He does come across mainly as a bitter ex E talent (word talent used loosely).
 
It's got to bother him that for his look he won't go down as anything special within the history of the business or even his era.
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he's talking bollocks. yes, you can use a different email. but if you try to use the same card you've used before, same as with any other subscription service like Amazon Prime or Netflix, it will tell you that card has already been used.

for a guy who has worked with the company, exactly how many people does he think will have complimentary access to the Network? it's certainly not going to be significant number of the 1.4m people currently listed as subscribers, and I doubt complimentary subscriptions are counted into the total number anyway. even if it were, does he really think it would affect the number that much?

just seems like dumb bragging. hey guys, I WANT to cancel my Network subscription, but I can't, but I don't PAY for it, but I don't WANT it. 
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Quote Former WWE Superstar Ryback (The Big Guy) recently spoke about the talent departures in Impact Wrestling during the latest edition of his Conversation With The Big Guy podcast. Below are some of the highlights.

On Bram's Impact Wrestling departure: "Impact Wrestling has been in a weird boat. A lot of their talent there have parted ways with them, and I'm not sure if it is a good thing or bad thing, but he was a talent that they used pretty consistently at one point and I think it was a mutual parting, and don't think there were any hard feelings or anything like that."

On other recent Impact Wrestling departures and problems in the company: "They have lost a lot of talent over the past year. It's not the same when they were TNA. At one point they were at a level where they could have been considered the #2 company; they're not the #2 company anymore. I don't even know who #2 is. Anthem has a lot of money, but their personnel doesn't know how to run a Pro Wrestling company. That is not to say that people involved aren't trying their best, but I don't know. It just kind of seems---based on everything I've seen; they are trying their best. They bring people in, but they're not on a major network. They need things to turn around for them, and I really hope that they do."

On WWE signing Rockstar Spud after his recent Impact Wrestling departure: "He's a smaller-sized guy. I actually met him in Nashville a few weeks ago; he is a very nice guy. I think the reports are for 205 Live, and I think he would be a nice addition as far as personality standpoints if the story is true."

Check out the complete episode of Conversation With The Big Guy at Podbay.fm.

 
Bram has a lot of talent, but he's such a loose cannon that you can't really rely on him so well.
 
He says Impact aren't the number 2 company anymore, but doesn't give an alternative company to back his opinion. I would still say they are the number 2 promotion based on TV coverage worldwide especially.
 
Agree with him about Spud. Having more than one Englishman on 205 Live is a selling point for fans here.
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The RoH/NJPW tandem, for as long as that goes on is easily more newsworthy and prolific than that of ... whatever it's called these days.
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if they're number 2, it's still only by default, not because of any actual faith or word of mouth about the promotion.

it's like winning a race after the leader falls down and has a heart attack. you're where you are by fluke, and don't try to celebrate that, it's in bad taste.
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It’s a tough call, I guess TNA are still number two based on TV coverage but ROH/NJPW would surely occupy the second spot if they had more global exposure. I think in the eyes of the more hardcore wrestling fans ROH are definitely second place to WWE.

Doesn’t sound like Ryback has any plans to work for TNA. I still hold out hope he will return to WWE some day, they were on to something with his intense Goldberg style silent destroyer gimmick, then they ruined it by making him too human and comedic.
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definitely would say ROH is second to WWE considering that more talent has been picked and pooled from there than from Impact now. I mean, you could say Joe, at a pinch, definitely Roode and Young, and if Storm does come back, then him too. whether you'd include AJ, i'm not sure, I think he'd been so far removed from them by the time he joined WWE that it doesn't count..

I don't want to see Ryback come back to WWE. he could have been great, but then he fucked it all up, in much the same way as Ken Kennedy, but showing he was an idiot when he opened his mouth and didn't have a script in front of him. he thought he was a bigger deal than he was, hell, a bigger deal than he had the potential to be, and he had a lot of potential.

it's a difficult position to have. you need to have that ego to get ahead, but you also need the right amount of humility, and you need to know exactly when to put out excesses of one or the other.
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Quote On the latest episode of his podcast, Conversation With The Big Guy, former WWE Superstar Ryback (The Big Guy) spoke about the differences in working for WWE compared to the independent scene, Lucha Underground returning for a fourth season and more. Below are some of the highlights of topics The Big Guy spoke about during the show.

On the differences between WWE and the independent wrestling scene: "WWE was far better as far as performing in front of more people, but independents are a lot of fun though. I will never lie about that stuff. Independents are great on different ones, but nothing is WWE since it's the largest production."

On the creative freedom a performer enjoys working the independent circuit: "You can have more fun on the independents because you are not as restricted. You can do whatever you want, so it's more rewarding in that regard, but it is always more fun and I've done some independents where we would have 3 to 4,000 people on the shows where it is jam packed; those are f***ing incredible because it's the amount of people, which typically in WWE you have more people at WWE shows, but you also have more restrictions, but you can still do character stuff, but even then you have to be careful about how much fun you have. The agents have to report everything. You don't do your job like ripping up a kid's sign, and then the kid cries; you are a bad guy, that is what you are supposed to do, and if they don't report that, and then it comes back that Ryback tore the kid's sign and the kid cried so they had to take him backstage. If it is not in the report, then they might get in trouble so they won't want to risk it. It is s*it like that that you have to deal with on a daily basis, but on independents you can do whatever you want."

On Lucha Underground returning for a fourth season: "I think it's good. It is a different product, where they are more of a drama with wrestling on it. It is just a different product,. The more places there are for guys to get work then that is good. I am glad that they are doing a season 4, and allowing guys to work at other places. When I left WWE, they had reached out for doing a season and they wanted to do a contract where, essentially I couldn't do anything for a year. You are done filming in 2-3 months and it's bulls**t, I said no thanks. People think it is cool to say that you signed a contract, but you are really being dumb as f**k if you don't look over the contract. Everything revolves around making money, but a lot of these businesses will do things that are not good for you, and you have to be smart enough. They prey on the price of how bad you want to be 'famous', but I've got news for you, doing it is not going to make you famous, on that level. It's great and a different product and option, but you have to have a business sense with this stuff. It is good that they are being more fair on that aspect also, which is a good thing."

Check out the complete episode of Conversation With The Big Guy at Podbay.fm.

 
E has the best crowds because there are more people watching is a cop out. The most important thing to me would how invested the crowd are in the show, regardless of how many were in attendance.
 
The indie scene sounds like a free for all if you can do what you want, without anyone telling you off.
 
Lucha Underground I struggle to get into because it's seasonal not weekly so has too much of a off season. But if Ryback becomes a heel there who tosses around worthless skinny spot monkeys that would be TV gold.
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to be honest, he's talking crap about the WWE there. how many times have we read that house shows have done things that simply wouldn't be done on tv? house shows for WWE are glorified indie shows, where your only restriction would be not doing anything to risk injury, which is just common sense.

every time I've seen house show footage, it shows that the performers are having a bit more fun because they can go further with the characters than they do on tv, they can interact more with other performers and the audience, so again, it's a sort of back handed compliment that also is an insult.
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Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

to be honest, he's talking crap about the WWE there. how many times have we read that house shows have done things that simply wouldn't be done on tv? house shows for WWE are glorified indie shows, where your only restriction would be not doing anything to risk injury, which is just common sense.

every time I've seen house show footage, it shows that the performers are having a bit more fun because they can go further with the characters than they do on tv, they can interact more with other performers and the audience, so again, it's a sort of back handed compliment that also is an insult.


Batista and Chris Jericho are two that spring to mind that have stated how they preferred working house shows because you are much more free of the storylines and restrictions that you have to abide by on tv. You often hear of talents breaking character or doing heel/face turns and so forth that are not acknowledged within the tv storylines so it is a much more free and relaxed environment because only once in a blue moon do WWE incorporate anything from a live event into the main storylines.

On a side note Ryback got burned on Twitter by Rusev, there was a tweet showing pictures of Rusev and The Usos in a gym to which Ryback tweeted thought the Bulgarian Brute would lift more weight than that f**k Rusev Day, then Rusev responded with only natural workouts happening here

Sadly Ryback will probably go down in history with a Ultimate Warrior type reputation within the business difference being he was nowhere near as over or successful as Warrior.
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