The Miami Herald has a new article up with quotes from Zack Ryder. In the article, he discusses his shift from an Edgehead to the Long Island Iced Z, the creation and success of Z! True Long Island Story, who he’s cheering for at WrestleMania: John Cena or The Rock, and more. In the following excerpt, Ryder discusses trying to get noticed with Curt Hawkins after Edge got injured:
“Even before the draft, Hawkins and I were pitching to let us have some personality. Let us be us. We even filmed something that I think you can find on YouTube called ‘The Sweet Life of Zack and Curt’, where I was doing the ‘Woo Woo Woo You Know It’ there and being the goofy guy. We were pitching that to WWE where I would be the oddball, and Hawkins would be the straight man. That was our real personalities. I think it would have worked, but they never really gave us a shot, but when the draft came and they split us up, I was able to be me 100 percent.”
Ryder then addressed those that feel that Z! True Long Island Story has changed since WWE got on board with it:
“The only thing that did change was that for a while I was making jokes about WWE dropping the ball with Zack Ryder or WWE misses the boat with Zack Ryder.”
“A lot of people loved that I was saying all this stuff. Then after I started, there were some who were upset that I wasn’t saying that stuff. Well, it wouldn’t make sense to say WWE isn’t pushing Zack Ryder when I won the United States championship. It didn’t fit anymore. That avenue or way of doing the show didn’t make sense.”
“It was time to evolve. I could have stopped doing the show once I was finally getting on TV, but I wanted to keep entertaining. I was doing it as a way to say thank you to all the Broskis and fans that supported me. Without those fans who watched the show or brought those signs to TV or chanted, ‘We want Ryder’ when I wasn’t at the show, I would be nothing. I do the show as a thank you to them.”
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