Ryan Allen Reeves, better known to WWE fans as Ryback, took to his Instagram to publicly announce he will no longer be a part of the WWE product going forward.
“The big guy, Ryback, would like to wish the WWE the best in their future endeavors. From this point forward. myself and the WWE will no longer be conducting business together. I would like to personal say ‘thank you’ to all the WWE performers whom I’ve had the pleasure of being in the ring with.”
Reeves went on to also announce the launching of his own website coming on Aug. 8, as well as his own clothing line, a motivational book, a line of his own nutritional supplements, and to let everyone know he planned to keep a full schedule of wrestling bookings from any promoters who were interested in booking him to perform for their shows.
“I would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the people out there, and successful people are always hungry.”
Reeves stopped performing for WWE back in May when WWE and he got into a contract dispute.
Reeves himself cited his frustrations with WWE stemmed from inequality of pay to the wrestling talent on the roster, as well as a lack of creative freedom.
He had not been mentioned during any of the WWE telecasts since his last appearance at the Payback PPV which took place on May 1, where he was defeated by Kalisto on the kickoff show to the PPV event.
Reeves had joined the WWE promotion back in 2004 as part of the Tough Enough competition, and was later signed to a developmental contract in early 2005.
After spending several years in Ohio Valley Wrestling and then Florida Championship Wrestling, Reeves was part of the inaugural season of NXT and went on to become part of the main roster in mid-2010.