Ryback Says He Almost Had WrestleMania 30 Match With WWE Icon

No one profits off of nostalgia quite like WWE. The wrestling conglomerate never hesitates to bring back an old legend for one more run with revamped merchandise. Back in 2014 for WrestleMania 30, WWE nearly booked one of their most quintessential wrestlers for a match with Ryback.

According to a recent episode of his podcast, Conversations With The Big Guy, Ryback said the that WWE wanted him to work with a returning Ultimate Warrior.

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"Mark Carrano actually had showed me the WrestleMania card early. They kind of have an idea of what they want to do, obviously, ahead of time, and they had on it Ryback versus Ultimate Warrior. And I just said, 'cool.' But, in my head, at the time, it was during my heel deal, that first one, where it probably wasn't gonna be a favorable position for me as far as all that. But I was excited, because I figured it was his one last moment in WWE. So, I thought it would be really cool. I didn't think I would necessarily be the right guy for that, because I didn't know anything about him. I didn't know what kind of shape he was in, if he could wrestle or not, but I 100 percent would have done it, because I did everything that they asked me there."

Hard to believe that WWE actually considered the then 54-year-old Warrior for an in ring performance. However, the timing does match well. Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the Saturday before WrestleMania 30 along with signing a multi-year deal as an ambassador of the company. His return to WWE marked an 18-year absence from any sort of affiliation with the company.

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He would make a final public appearance the night after WrestleMania 30 at RAW in New Orleans. He would give a fiery speech which proved to be his final words. The next day, the Ultimate Warrior was dead.


Given what we know now, it's probably best that Warrior didn't suit up one final time against Ryback. Either way, it's a fascinating story from the Big Guy about what might have been with one of WWE's best ever.