During a Q&A from The Buzzards Wrestling Podcast (transcription via Wrestling Inc) Ryback was asked if he would be interested in going to TNA:
I’m not gonna say that I’m not interested, it’s just one of those — I’m enjoying not having any contracts right now. And whenever they — If I was just solely wrestling and not — and didn’t have the motivational book, the podcast, and the supplement line coming out, then it would be something that I’d heavily consider. That or New Japan for something more long term, but these other things are things that I got going on that take up a lot of my time and things that I’m very hands on with. Especially the supplement line, that’s very important to me so the wrestling — everything is great in the independents cause I’m booked through April.
We’re going into May in bookings now, every weekend, and financially it’s the same if not better than WWE. And that’s working for less days a week so I have no reason right now to.
But don’t ever say never, it’d have to be the right situation.
If THE BIG GUY can make the same money working the independent scene without having to give up his freedom, there’s no reason to make a commitment to anyone but himself. That said, he’s betting big on how well he can keep his name out there without the help of a (relatively) major pro wrestling promotion behind him.
He’s done a good job so far with his podcast making waves and a supplement line coming out, but that only lasts for so long. Perhaps, then, TNA (or New Japan) can operate as a solid back up plan.
Would you be interested in seeing The Big Guy in TNA or perhaps even New Japan?