"I'm thankful for WWE not giving up on my career, and instead offering me another opportunity to live my dream," said Ryback. "They could have wished me luck in my future endeavors, but they didn't. Instead, they gave me a second chance at life."
Ryback's current WWE run is actually his second with the organization. He was released from his first developmental contract, which he earned after competing on Tough Enough 4, in January 2007. He regrouped a year and a half later and resurfaced at WWE's former developmental league, Ohio Valley Wrestling. He was re-signed to a developmental contract shortly thereafter and has been with the sports-entertainment company ever since.