Although there didn’t seem to be many people suggesting that he would, Ryback has taken to his podcast to deny that he’s going to be part of the men’s 2021 Royal Rumble match next weekend.
Ryback said that he isn’t going to be returning at the pay-per-view next month, and said that even if he had agreed to return to the company, he wouldn’t do it in front of no fans at the ThunderDome:
“First of all, even if I was going back to WWE with what I’ve gone through, I would not go back to an empty arena to the Thunderdome. What I have gone through, I deserve a full crowd. I owe myself that. I love myself enough and I have enough respect for myself with what I’ve overcome with needing a five disk fusion and shoulder replacement and this never in the history of athletes being done before, which I don’t care how people believe or not believe, this is I am coming back to a full crowd. That is just established. I’m not working you. I’m not lying. I’m not going to show up. I’m not going to be #27. I’m not going to be #30. I’m not going back to WWE.”
Thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.