Source: Conversation With The Big Guy

On episode 4 of Conversation With The Big Guy, Ryan Reeves, also known as Ryback, talked about having nightmares when he started out in professional wrestling, how Luke Gallows turned him onto The Secret, and Roadkill disliking him.

According to Ryback, he used to have nightmares when he first got into professional wrestling.

"During that whole period, my first couple years wrestling, I had [nightmares]. I never was a guy [to have nightmares]. Like, I used to have dreams and I started having nightmares because my mindset had gotten so negative. I don't have nightmares anymore." Reeves continued, "my circumstances in my life, things that had happened overwhelmed me and even in my sleep I couldn't escape it. And with the drinking during the day, I couldn't get rid of this. Not even in my sleep was I safe."

The former Skip Sheffield claimed that Gallows was the person to first get him interested in The Secret. Ryback explained that he and Gallows knew each other from Tough Enough, and, as the story goes, Gallows went to check on Ryback when he was working at a barbecue restaurant following his release from developmental.

"Luke Gallows, who was Festus at the time in the WWE, I think he'd gotten wind that things were not good with me. Probably all the guys talking because, for him to come into Smokey Bones, he never would come in there and I think he wanted to see me. And I believe he came in there for a reason."

Reeves added, "he came in though and he ordered and he was having lunch. He goes, 'I hate seeing you like this' and I go, 'like what?' I'm in denial, 'what do you mean? I'm f--king great. life is good.' And he goes, 'no, it's not. You need to be wrestling. You belong wrestling. You are a wrestler.' And I was like, 'well, I don't know what to do right now. I can't get by. Like, I have to work all the time.' And I think at that point in time, he was having a little run with Undertaker as Festus. For him, his booking as Festus, that was kind of a high point during that. Yeah, and he goes, 'I had just read this book called The Secret.' And he goes, 'it has changed the way I think and it's helping me a lot.' And so he left me a tip for $30.00 or $25.00, whatever it was. And there was a bookstore across the street and he goes, 'I want you to go get this book as soon as you can.' And it was one of those things. I think I had left work that day and just ran across the street and bought it. And then, I read that book. When I read it and went through it, it was so overwhelming because it made me realize just how negative I was being."

Apparently, Roadkill, who was one of the bookers at OVW while Ryback was in developmental, dislikes Ryback.

"Who I just found out, by the way, through J.D. Michaels, who does my weight belts and he [has] always been the guy that's made my singlets. And he [has] always been a good guy to me and he has always kind of been in that circle of guys and I talk to him a lot on Voxer still with everything and we, just recently, were talking about this. He was telling me, I didn't know this, that Roadkill didn't like me."

Check out the show here. If you use any of the quotes that appear in this article, please credit Conversation With The Big Guy with an H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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