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Zack Ryder Says Kane and Eve ‘Killed My Career’, Plans To Tweaks His Character

After gaining snowball-like momentum late last year with a heavily featured position on Monday Night Raw that was highlighted by a United States Championship reign, Zack Ryder’s standing in WWE disintegrated once he became involved with Kane and Eve on television. From January to April, the self-described “Long Island Iced-Z” was routinely destroyed by the monster wrestler and made to look foolish by the cunning Diva. Though he managed to gain a measure of revenge on both parties on the “Great American Bash” edition of SmackDown on July 3, his career currently remains in limbo. Speaking to XFINITY® from Comcast, Ryder attributes his diminished role to both Kane and Eve.

He explains, “I was on such a roll at the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 and the whole Kane and Eve thing killed my momentum. Basically killed my career. So, to turn that around and get revenge on them was something I needed. Hopefully it’ll get the Ryder Revolution back on track.”

With that behind him, Ryder says his current goal is to regain the United States Championship.

“I’d love to get that back,” he says. “In 2011 I think I proved to people that I’m not a joke, I can be taken seriously in the ring. And hopefully by the end of this year I’ll have a major championship.”

Ryder also has plans to tweak his character in the next few years since he “can’t be the same old guy forever.”

Ryder adds, “But that doesn’t mean I’ll have to drop all of the parts of my character to get to the top. I think eventually I’ll evolve. If you’ve followed my career I was a Major Brother, then an Edge Head, now I’m Zack Ryder, I’m sure in three years I’ll be completely different.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ryder discusses WWE embracing social media, the Internet Championship, working with Edge and more. Read more here.

  • Gary

    Ryder has gotten his share of chances to show WWE that he is legitimate. He lacks solid mic skills, the main reason he doesn’t get to say more than his catchphrase. He does oversell everything and unfortunately for him, will be the real reason holding him back from succeeding in the company.

  • poko

    Ryder’s push died because he was sacrificed to drive a storyline for Cena. It’s as simple as that. That storyline certainly wasn’t for Kane’s sake, as he only got one match against Cena, which he lost, before the angle was abandoned so Cena could move on to the Rock.

    The frustrating part is that there was no reason for it. It’s asinine to damage a young performer’s popularity for a guy who isn’t just over, but is the “top dog” in the promotion. They made Ryder look weak and pathetic just so Cena could swoop in and play hero, and Ryder never recovered from it. It turned the fans off to his character and established him as a lower-level talent. After that, he pretty much got zero pop.

    It was a complete misuse of a guy who had managed to grow his own push, and unfortunately, his career might never recover from it.

  • SYM

    @Tyler(: Trent Baretta is better than Ryder aswell. These guys need TV time.

  • Tyler(:

    Zack Ryder is boring, Curt Hawkins is better.

  • Warriors Armpit

    Savage- i fart in your general direction!!!!

  • Tombstone


    In other words—You Dumbass.

  • Tombstone


    Nope the real “lame fuck” would be the person who comes on here at this time of night to diss the people who are actually discussing the topic of the post.

  • Bawb


    Agreed. And he has to calm down. He overdoes it a bit.

  • #virgins get some pussy

  • what fucking lame fucks if there on this website talking about zack ryder at this time at night or anytime LOSERS

  • Robinson

    As of now Ryder could be a lead in the mid card since zig left IMO and maybe bring back the higher level of mid card like in the attitude era.

  • Stevo

    Ryder’s character sucked before the Kane and Eve angle. Ryder needs to go heel

  • Cliff

    Ryder iS not a good actor, let alone wrestler. I rest my case.

  • whocares

    Ryder needs a new finisher too. I don’t really care for the rough Ryder.

  • It would be cool if ryder turned on santino and go after the u.s. Title and maybe win it.

  • Mickie Flaps

    Like all wrestlers they just need to be given some freedom every now and then to shine. Imagine the Ring Master, Rocky Maivia, CM Punk etc if they were not given the time to shine and just be themselves in that moment to just cut lose. I think the guys need a chance to just be themselves and if they fail they fail but if it catches on and gets over, well the sky is the limit.

  • AttitudePl0x

    So pretty much Cena ruined his career since that whole angle was all about him

  • SYM

    I agree with Ryder. The Eve storyline killed his whole Momentum. However if the Kane storyline had been handled properly, then Ryder could gotten Pushed up Higher. Ryder is still who hes always been, I respect him for that but yes him being a bit more Serious wouldn’t hurt.

  • Logan

    @CM Mark No disrespect, but it’s “Ryder”.

  • CM Mark

    Rider made his own fame outside of the WWE. Vince hates that. Got to tear him down and build him back up again so he can claim that Rider is his creation.

  • Stevie P

    He literally made that US Title legit. Then they take it off him the first chance he gets and bury him. I don’t understand why because like him or not, Ryder is super over.

  • “Bad Man” Bigelow

    Vince pushes Brodus Clay as the Funkasaur, but rarely e\even puts Ryder on Raw except to get squashed in 90 seconds every once in a blue moon. I really don’t understand it.