Ryback is a former WWE superstar and he won the WWE intercontinental title once. He is now an indie wrestler and regularly speaks against the WWE on various podcasts and interviews. He has his own podcast called the Conversation with the Big Guy.
He invited President Raj Giri of the Wrestling Inc. They spoke about how much money a wrestle makes from merchandize sales. Ryback stated that the deals are usually extremely bad for the wrestler. "The numbers are in the contract and the numbers are completely screwed up, the numbers are horrible," said Ryback.
"Now, outside of someone like Brock that negotiated a better deal and owns his name, trademarks, different things and was able to negotiate a better deal, 90 percent of the talent does not have the power to negotiate a better deal.
And, they keep them in a position where they don't have any negotiating power. If you do question your percentages, they will just pick someone else. "The thing is a $30 t-shirt they are selling, you're making a dollar or under a dollar a shirt, somewhere in that vicinity.
Wrestlers, as independent contractors should be able to negotiate. WWE will say anyone can negotiate, I can tell you first hand that if you do that, you're not going to make any money and you're not going to be used. So, everybody signs the contract and just goes along with it because that is what everyone else has done."