On a recent episode of The Steve Austin Show, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin sat down with WWE's Ryback. Among other things, Ryback talked about whether he prefers being a babyface or a heel and the possibility of getting a tour bus.
In regards to whether he prefers being a babyface or a heel, Ryback said that he prefers working as a babyface because he enjoys putting smiles on children's faces, although being in a heel tag team with Curtis Axel was Ryback's favorite time in the professional wrestling business.
"That was the most fun I had because I got to go out there and just do whatever I wanted." Ryback continued, "when I finally switched [from babyface to heel], I felt like I could do no wrong. I felt like that's when I could start letting my real personality come in and it was a process. And it took a good year and a half. Tagging with Curtis Axel [was] the most fun I ever had. Me and him, literally, every night would try to find a way to joke with each other."
Apparently, Ryback put off having surgery because he was having so much fun working as part of Rybaxel.
"I had two strained groins and two tears in my abs there. And I went with that for seven months, four months with the both of them torn, because I was having so much fun and I didn't want this to end. I knew when I went and got fixed would probably be the end of this thing."
While Ryback prefers being a singles competitor because all of his successes and failures are truly his own as a singles competitor, he accepts that long careers in WWE have peaks and valleys and he would welcome the chance to be in a tag team in the future.
"Being in a tag team is great and it was fun and I love that. You've got to go through different stages here and sometimes you have to do other things and if an opportunity comes up down the line, maybe after I reach a certain level of success, I'd be more than [open] to tag team again, but I like being a singles competitor."
Ryback stated that his contract with WWE will be up next year and that he has talked with the company about the possibility of getting his own tour bus. With that said, Ryback claimed that he would need more merchandise on the market for it to be a realistic option.
"If I'm going to do that, I need some other stuff, which there is no reason why there shouldn't be. But, to me, that is the key to longevity. If that tool is available to us now, I would be stupid not to use that," Ryback said. "If I can get away with that, I'm going to get that, but at the same time, I have to be able to afford that and not have that cut into what I'm making in the long run."
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Source: The Steve Austin Show