Following the retirement of World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Triple H, one of his fellow wrestlers had some harsh words.
Ryback – or Ryan Allen Reeves – wrestled with WWE from 2000 to 2016. On Friday, he called out Triple H, also known as Paul Levesque, while saying he wished Triple H well in the future .
“You ended up being the biggest disappointment to me personally loving you growing up, but I wish you a happy retirement and good future health,” Ryback wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, Ryback clarified his position.
“I really wish him the best of luck. He did everything possible to prevent me from multiple opportunities, lied and is part of a company with which I have a legal battle and I won everything. I sent a heartfelt message and I speak from experience, but I wish her the best. Negative marks are awful,” he said. The term “negative mark” is a wrestling term for an anti-fan of a particular wrestler, one who will always criticize him no matter what.
This isn’t Ryback’s first time falling out with Triple H. In 2019, he tweeted that Triple H told him he wasn’t allowed to be on the cover of Bodybuilding and fitness magazine. In 2017, he said on his podcast that even though he and Triple H were going to have an in-ring feud which was teased on an episode of Smack down shot in England.
“It was nothing. And even [Triple H] came, “The plan was never for us to work, just so you know,” Ryback said at the time. “And I go, ‘Oh, okay. I do not know.’ I’m not into creative meetings. I do not know why. I just do what I’m told.”
In another episode of his podcast, Conversation with the big guyhe said that Triple H told him WWE no longer wanted “brand” talent.
“He says, ‘We never want another brand name here in WWE. It was during my first contract negotiations. Yeah, legit, he said to me, ‘We’ll never have another John Cena,'” Ryback said quoting Triple H.
Ryback sued WWE in 2019 for the rights to his name. Ryback legally changed his name to “Ryback Reeves” after leaving WWE. However, WWE registered “Ryback” as a trademark in 2011. The organization renewed that trademark in 2019, years after Ryback parted ways with WWE, according to wrestling news site Ringside News. .
Ryback also threatened to sue Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott in 2020, according to Bleacher Report. Elliott filed a trademark application for the phrase “Feed Me”, which he tattooed on his stomach. Ryback alleges that phrase sounds too much like his own catchphrase, “Feed me more.”
Triple H, 52, announced on First take that he was officially retiring after heart surgery last September. He said he had viral pneumonia in his lungs and suffered from heart failure. He added that a defibrillator was placed in his chest. Describing how close he was to death, Triple H said he was at “the 1 yard line”.
Newsweek contacted representatives of Triple H for comment.