Count Ryback among those who aren't thrilled with Tessa Blanchard winning the IMPACT World Title.
Following Booker T calling Tessa's victory "the worst idea in history," Ryback weighed in on his podcast with his thoughts on Booker's comments and Tessa defeating Sami Callihan at IMPACT Hard To Kill to win the World Title.
"I don't watch IMPACT Wrestling, I'm never going to watch IMPACT Wrestling," he stated. "Even when it was TNA, I've just never been into it. It's weird to me. And I say this from the standpoint of, if Brock Lesnar came out and all of a sudden wanted to be the Women's Champion, is that okay? He wants to feel more feminine. There's a reason why they have titles and things of that nature and I don't understand going that way. If they're just trying to get people talking, it's not in a good way. Booker T is not wrong. It's nothing against Tessa, she's just the talent. Obviously the company wanted to go that direction. She's just doing her job. Now, does she defend her title against the women? What about the other men on the roster? Where do you go from it? Why do you have all these different titles? Why not have the one title and let men and women fight over time then? I think there would be outrage among women if, in all of sports, men just wanted to fight for women's titles. 'I'm gonna be the women's champion. I deserve it. Why can't I?' There would be so many arguments why you shouldn't do that, right? So why is it okay to go the other way? I feel like this women's empowerment thing, that's not the play."
He continued, "If an all-out war broke out in the world, men vs. women, who do you think is going to be standing at the end of the day? It's men, all day long. It's not that women aren't capable. I don't know why we're blurring the lines on this. I'm happy for Tessa that she got to achieve that. It's part of the bigger problem in wrestling and why it's not drawing anymore. We've thrown all the rules out the window. If you want to pop the internet, put a title on a fan then. Let's get people talking on the internet. You'd actually be hurting yourself further by doing this. You have divisions for a reason."
To further his point, Ryback discussed weight classes in wrestling, believing there should be a line when it comes to smaller wrestlers working with larger wrestlers. He used weight classes in MMA as the comparison point, saying you wouldn't see a featherweight defeating a heavyweight.
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