Zack Ryder, (Matthew Joseph Cardona, Jr. born May 14, 1985) began his wrestling career as an Edge look-a-like as a part of team Edge. Basically, Edge was World Champion on Smackdown, and in WWE fashion, they thought it would be a good idea to put a team around Edge, to help him win his matches and cash in on his popularity. They do this all the time. I think the best example would be team Angle back when Kurt Angle was the Undisputed Champion on Smackdown feuding with Brock Lesnar. Angle was given Charlie Haas and Sheldon Benjamin, who were very talented, particularly Benjamin, who should be a main event star in the WWE today.
Anyways, Zack Ryder was brought in with Curt Hawkins, both had long hair and looked just like Edge. They were his lackeys, they helped him cheat to win his matches and retain his World Championship. In return, they were given the Tag-Team Championships. Obviously, this storyline did not last too long... thankfully lol. And I think we all assumed that would be the last we would ever see of Ryder and Hawkins. That is until a repackaged Ryder showed up on Raw with short spiked hair and ridiculous one-legged tights lol. I believe he was dating Rosa Mendez and she was his manager. He was pretty much a joke and nothing more than a jobber. Then he was dropped from TV and I assumed that was the last we would see of Zack Ryder.
Just stop and think about that for a minute... what one wrestler was doing on YouTube was becoming more popular than what the entire WWE was producing on TV.
It wasn't until CM Punk infamously broke character and turned on the WWE and threatened to win the WWE Championship and quit the WWE that WWE television became interesting again. And after CM Punk won the WWE Championship and invaded Comic Con with the WWE Championship, he stood up at the podium where John Cena and Triple H were answering questions, and CM Punk simply asked... "When are you going to put Zack Ryder on TV?" The crowd went crazy, clearly the Ryder Revolution had begun!
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Ryder lost the title to Jack Swagger on Raw, not long after he won it. He was then attacked by Kane and injured. He had a back brace, a neck brace, he was in a wheel chair... he was becoming a joke. On top of that, they had him in a storyline with Eve where he was in love with her, but she was only using him. Basically he got played by the biggest Hoeski in the WWE lol. Only, after he found out, he still took her back and kept trying to win her over. It looked like that was finally going to happen the night after Wrestlemania. But that was all a set up. Eve used Zack to cost Team Teddy from winning at Wrestlemania. Then she kicked Ryder to the curb lol.
The story heard is that WWE took the title off Ryder and had him "injured" because they wanted him to take time off from TV to help produce videos for the new WWE YouTube channel. On episode 50 of Z! True Long Island Story, Ryder announced the show will be part of WWE's YouTube funded channel. Now he is back in action and apparently according to his recent Tweets, is looking for his next Diva lol. I said he should go for Kelly Kelly so they could make the Saved By The Bell jokes haha.
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Just wait and see...