Report: Backstage Heat on Ryback After Ziggler Concussion

Sharon GlencrossContributor IJanuary 7, 2014

Ryback had a difficult 2013.
Ryback had a difficult 2013.from

Does Ryback have major heat on him following Dolph Ziggler's concussion during their match at Monday's Superstars taping? Well, one recent report claims this is the case.

PWInsider (via WrestlingInc) notes that the former Nexus star was heavily criticized backstage following the bout:

There is heat on Ryback as there's been continued complaints about him being reckless in the ring. This is one of the reasons his pushes have been curtailed in the past year. As noted, he gave Dolph Ziggler a concussion from a stiff clothesline at last night's Superstars taping. Word is that Ziggler's concussion is not a mild one.

Various reports have emerged over the past year claiming that WWE management is growing increasingly disgruntled with Ryback.

Ryback, with Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel.
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Back in October, PWInsider (via WrestlingInc) claimed the star had garnered heat not only over his brutal in-ring style but his difficult backstage attitude as well. It was also said that Ryback was unhappy with doing PR events and interviews.

(Interestingly, around this time, Richard Gray of WrestlingNewsWorld hinted the star had "rubbed the Abu Dhabi media the wrong way" in a series of international press interviews.)

Bryan Alvarez also reported in November that the wrestler found himself in hot water after he went out and performed several of Bill Goldberg's signature moves without gaining permission to do so from the right people.

Back in April, Dave Meltzer noted that Ryback had caused a stir when he joked about John Cena's ex-wife, Liz Huberdeau, on his Twitter in an apparent attempt to spice up their on-screen feud. Ryback quickly deleted the messages.  

While he may have a lot going for him (like his physique), it seems this guy just can't keep out of trouble.

It is hard to believe that only 18 months ago he was one of the most over babyfaces in the company and on the verge of genuine main event stardom.

Has the combination of his own foolishness and bad WWE booking wrecked his once-promising career? It certainly looks like it.