In an interview with Times of India, Ryback revealed how he came up with his wrestling name. Here are highlights:
On his physique: "I eat all the time. I eat everything from chicken to steak to egg whites. I'm on the run all the time and if I stop at a restaurant, I order at least two omelets with chicken. I eat eight to 10 times a day. And I work out for three hours, with yoga and stretching, strength or weight training and conditioning. Everyone has different genetics, and I come from a larger family. Some people are built skinnier naturally. You just have to eat a lot and then work out."
On staying single to stay successful: "The WWE told me if I wanted to be the best, the best bet was to stay single and not start a family. I'm a loner and that is what I've given up to be what I am. I've had girlfriends, but at this point, I have to do what I need to do."
On how he came up with the name "Ryback": "Ryan was my first name, and when I was a kid, my friends called me Silver Back, which was my first wrestling name too. So, I came up with Ryback, which is my ring name now."