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Ryback Weighs In On WWE’s Miscasting Issue And Changing Wrestling

Triple H (Via WWE/Twitter)

Ryback, a former WWE star, recently discussed a prevalent problem in the wrestling world that has impacted the WWE reigns of both Triple H and Vince McMahon. McMahon steered WWE’s creative direction for four decades until Triple H took over in 2022, leading to the company breaking revenue records and enhancing the weekly product according to many fans. However, Ryback highlighted on his Ryback TV show the persistent problem of wrestlers being misaligned in their roles.

During his 12-year stint with WWE from 2004 to 2016, Ryback showcased versatility by portraying both a hero and a villain. Notably, his involvement with the Nexus faction and his main-event performances in 2012 and 2013 left a mark on fans.

Triple H at WWE Event (Via WWE/Twitter)

Ryback emphasized the importance of casting wrestlers in suitable roles, pointing out a fundamental shift in modern wrestling. He criticized the trend of lighter wrestlers being pushed based solely on their athletic abilities rather than their appearance or ability to embody their characters effectively.

Reflecting on the wrestling terrain of the past, Ryback compared the era of larger-than-life competitors like Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan to the current scenario where smaller wrestlers are gaining prominence. He stressed the significance of wrestlers not only looking the part but also embodying their characters authentically. Ryback expressed his disagreement with pushing wrestlers solely based on their in-ring skills without considering other essential aspects of wrestling, labeling it as “physical acting.”

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