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While there aren't any "legit" explanations of the origin of Ryback's name, the possibilities are endless. He's a huge dude who destroys people! It has to be cool, right?
Maybe the WWE wanted to name him after someone who's elegantly awesome. Maybe his name is an homage to Timothy Ryback, a writer of European history who has penned such titles as: Hitler's Private Library and Rock Around the Bloc: A History of Rock Music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. That seems pretty awesome, but that's not the reason.
Maybe the WWE board was going for pure action and named him after Casey Ryback, the fictional butt-kicker portrayed by Steven Seagal in Under Siege. Seagal goes all beast mode and beats up like a million terrorists. Just like Ryback's undefeated streak! Seagal's character is a chef. Ryback's catchphrase is "Feed Me More". It can't be coincidence, can it? Yes, it can.
The reason that many agree upon for Ryback's mysterious moniker is simple. His real name is Ryan Reeves and his friends used to jokingly compare him to a silverback gorilla. Put them together and pow; Ryback is born.
The only way his name's origin could be less cool is if Vince was sitting with Reeves at the meeting to discuss his character when suddenly someone stole the giant's loaf of rye bread to which he yelled "GIVE ME THE RYE BACK!" and Vince was hooked...actually, that might be cooler.