Zack Ryder was recently a guest on Busted Open with Dave Lagreca, Doug Mortman and Mike Riker. His frustration remains very evident in his public comments. Below are some excerpts from the interview:
Excluded from Wrestlemania 29:
It's cool that it's in New York/New Jersey, basically in my backyard, but I'm not on it. It kind of sucks. I got all my friends and family who are going to be there and they are expecting to see Zack Ryder on the show and as of now he is not on it. So that part of it is heartbreaking. It's still going to be a great show with Rock and Cena. It's going to be one of the best WrestleManias of all time.
2013 can't be worse than 2012:
2011 was the rise of Zack Ryder. I started my YouTube show out of just frustration. The beginning of the year I was a nobody, not even on TV. Through the course of the year from doing the show and being active on Twitter and on Facebook, and then ending the year as U.S. champion. I really thought 2012 was going to be my year and as you saw, it really wasn't. Kane threw me off the stage and off loading docks. Eve kicked me in the bro-nuts at WrestleMania and from there I was just forgot about. I was losing all the time, barely doing anything on the shows. 2013 better be different. It can't be worse than 2012.
WWE killing Z! True Long Island Story:
Well when I started it, I knew something had to be done. I hated my stock in the WWE. I was a nobody. I wasn't on the shows. I didn't even have an action figure. I didn't have an 8x10 promotional photo. So as far the YouTube show, in February of 2011, my parents got me the flip camera for Christmas. I really didn't know what to do with it. Maybe I will just start a YouTube show and it kind of took off. I did it for a hundred weeks straight. It should have ended after 50. After I became the U.S. champion, WWE came to me and said "we want to move this to our YouTube channel." I was really hesitant to do it and I should have said no. That was the end of the Z! True Long Island Story in my opinion right there when I made that switch to the WWE YouTube channel at around episode 51. The fans just assumed I sold out, when I was still doing all the work and putting it on their channel and they instantly turned on it. Then WWE was editing it and taking things out., even though they said they weren't going to touch it. Then it just became a job and not fun. For the most part the last 50 were horrible, but the first 50 changed the business. Now Raw is all about social media and Tout, and Facebook, and Twitter. They weren't like that before Z! True Long Island Story.