Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Zack Ryder coming to the ring at Wrestlemania 27
By Kevin Hunsperger

Zack Ryder is perhaps the most underrated talent in the WWE right now.  That's a bold statement I know.  But if you've never seen his YouTube Channel, LongIslandIcedZ, I would highly recommend it.  Chad recently blogged about the channel and videos Zack has posted, so I'm not going to focus on that.

I'm such a fan of Zack's that I even made a video and entered in to his "Broski of the Week" contest.  I came up short, but I do think it's pretty good if I do say so myself.  Check it out by clicking right here.

Zack is clearly gathering quite a following on YouTube.  The 10 videos he's posted so far have been viewed more than 818,000 times.  That's pretty awesome.  I'm not sure why he hasn't gotten over with the decision makers in the WWE.  Why are we subjected to the verbal and now physical assaults by Michael Cole?  And how are these segments the highest rated ones on the show?

Anyway, back to Zack.  Sure I followed him when he and Curt Hawkins were "Edge Heads" and helping the world champ.  It was a semi entertaining gimmick.  Heck, it even lead to a tag team title opportunity for the duo.  Since then, he's kinda floundered.  Been lost in the shuffle.  Made to job to everyone.  Now just a fixture on the online version of WWE Superstars.  The dude deserves better.

Yes, I know I'm a dork...
WWE is in a phase where they need to start pushing the younger talent.  We've preached this for years now though.  It's getting somewhat better, but there are still a lot of spots to fill as far as I'm concerned.  It looks like both the Undertaker and Triple H will only be on sporadically.  Edge has retired.  Chris Jericho and Batista both left last year.  Rey Mysterio is rumored to be in the twilight of his career.

But right now when you consider the company's top superstars, who do you think?  For me, it's John Cena and Randy Orton.  I think the Miz is slowly gaining ground.  But the WWE needs to better utilize it's mid card and lower card talent.  Push Cody Rhodes up the ladder and John Morrison and Shemaus.  That would make room for someone like Zack Ryder to climb into that midcard range and have a run as U.S. or Intercontinental champion.


Pair Zack up with someone.  I've complained since creating this blog in September that the tag team division in the WWE is on its last legs.  Why not reunite he and Curt Hawkins?  Or put Zack and Primo on TV.  Chad even suggested (maybe he was joking, it was in type which is hard to interrupt) putting him with Heath Slater as the "Buddy Bands."  If you don't get that joke, check this out.  You see on Saved by the Bell, there was an episode about Buddy Bands and two of the main characters on the show are AC Slater and Zack Morris.  So it's a play on that.  Pretty funny.

But seriously, Zack Ryder has the mic skills.  He has the in ring ability, so why isn't he getting any kind of recognition? I tried asking the same question yesterday on the WWE's Cover it Live chat during the Supplemental Draft.  My questions were never posted and never answered.  Please forward this to the WWE and maybe we'll get some answers.

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1 comment:

  1. i agree Zack Ryder has the skills and the personality but his gimmick is dumb. winning a slammy for most annoying catch phrase is proof. Michael Cole's recent feud is so empty and out played. JR doesnt need to participate in this crap. But in order for Ryder to get more opportunities he's gotta think of a way to make a statement. WOO, WOO, WOO just won't cut it. I enjoy your blog and am thinking of starting my own. can't wait to meet you and pick your brain

    -Erik (Jeff's Bro)