Zack Ryder says he’s not bitter about not being used on Raw

Sep 9, 2018 - by Steve Gerweck

Zack Ryder spoke on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast about his current WWE status, losing his push during the Z! True Long Island Story era and more.

Highlights are below Via Wrestling Inc:

On not being used on Raw:

“At the end of the day, like right now with Monday Night Raw, I am not being used. Can I cry about it or can I be grateful and say that I am still here. I mean, you can go to a toy store and buy a Zack Ryder action figure today so my life can definitely be a lot worse. What am I going to do, sit around and be bitter? I hate when people do that. Like, poor me. Come on, we’re here in WWE. Can things be better? Yes! But they can be so much worse. I am not a super positive person, but come on. You have to look at yourself in the mirror.

Trust me, there have been times where I have been bitter, but what does it solve? Nothing. I was doing the YouTube show and it was at the peak of its popularity before it went to sh–. That whole process where I basically had to hand over my YouTube show I saw my hard work literally go down the drain, and everything I did to earn my spot on television only to see it bump down lower and lower. I will admit, I was bitter. I was asking myself why all of this was happening. I had proven myself and I felt like I was being punished. I was definitely bitter for that.”

On what he would have done differently during his Z! True Long Island Story period:

“I think I could have done a couple of things. I don’t really have any regrets, but three in particular with one of them being that time period I should have went and knocked on Vince McMahon’s door and asked what was going on here but I didn’t. Was I afraid or intimidated? Maybe, but I didn’t do it, and that is one of my biggest regrets because I didn’t have any ground to stand on. Since then we have built a relationship, but then when I was in my hottest point and was in the top three of merchandise selling at one point I should have went in there but I didn’t, which is on me. It was nobody else’s fault but mine. I could have been in better shape, a bit bitter. I was still kind of skinnier there; perhaps not by much but 10 lbs makes a big difference but back then I didn’t know what I was doing. All that is on me. I am not blaming anyone else but myself.”

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2 Responses

  1. dave says:

    He collects a paycheck and goes to Disney land and buys merchandise a lol, what else could he want? I do see he’s been improving his physique and staying motivated. Cody recently said Zack would be a guy who he’d get on an All-In show in future, if he could. I have a feeling Zack is sitting out his contract, or coasting it out to be more accurate and will look to rebuild his YouTube and social media content and look to grow as a performer with more flexibility and possibly more creative control. It would do him the world of good because no matter what people say, he was given the opportunities in WWE but just didn’t go with it. Maybe he’s too relaxed about it. Says the right things here but could probably make more noise if he wanted to; the squeaky wheel and all that. He’s not, though and it suggests he’s got other ideas about his career that probably don’t involve the WWE.

  2. Havok says:

    Guy has given up trying to break through wwes wall they have in front of him. His little run was 7 years ago. He is just happy to have a job

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