In a recent interview with LIHerald.com, former United States Champion Zack Ryder talks about his struggles in WWE, his recent appearances on WWE television facing John Cena and Kevin Owens, the final WWE event held in the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, and more.
Ryder appeared during the final edition of “Monday Night Raw” that the Nassau Coliseum will ever host, answering John Cena’s United States Championship Open Challenge after being introduced by the cast of Entourage. Ryder discusses his appearance on the show, and getting the “rub” from the cast of the former television show-turned-film franchise.
He also compares his use in the company to waiting in line at Disney World. Without naming names, he says that some guys come in the company and get “fast passes” for the ride, which means they don’t have to wait for their opportunity (Kevin Owens), while others have been in the WWE locker room waiting for a push (fast pass) for a while, but realize that they’re not going to get a “fast pass.”
“There could not have been a better night for Zack Ryder. In the past few months, I wasn’t really prominently featured on RAW, so I’m hoping to ride that momentum for a bit.
I compare my career to Disney World: at Disney, you’ll wait on line for a ride, and some people get that fast pass and go right to the front of that line. I know I don’t get the fast pass, so when I get my chance, I’m going to make the most of it.”
Ryder also gives any longevity in the WWE to fans who have supported him over the last four-or-five years relentlessly. The supporters who subscribed to his YouTube show, among other things, are who Ryder credits for saving his “ride” in WWE. He says,
“The fans, they are responsible for the success that I’ve had. People said, ‘This kid is a wrestling fan, let’s support him and help him get where he needs to be.’ I didn’t know if I was going to get in trouble backstage; I knew that I just needed people to know my name.”
You can read the entire interview here.
Ryder is in the best shape he’s probably been in while being in WWE, and proved during that match with Cena, and with Stardust and Owens, that he is a good hand in the ring and can get fans behind him. It’s beyond me why they haven’t tried to adapt his character into something usable and not so Maggoo.