Zack Ryder Speaks on Frustration With His Current WWE Role, His YouTube Show and More

Nick Paglino

Zack RyderWWE Superstar Zack Ryder spoke with ‘Smacktalk Radio Live’ Thursday evening regarding a variety of topics.  You can hear the interview in its entirety online in the iTunes store or by visiting their website at

Zack Ryder on separating from Curt Hawkins (Major Brothers) and Edge and developing Zack Ryder: “I was never really comfortable in my own skin when I was a Major Brother or an Edgehead, and when we got split up in the draft in 2009, I knew it was my chance to be something different, and that’s why I started wearing the one-legged tights, it was just to get attention, because I needed to be as different from Curt, as different from Edge, and as different from everybody as possible, and that’s when I started being myself…a bro from Long Island.”

On taking a chance, and starting his YouTube Show “Z! True Long Island Story”:  “The goal when I started the show was to get noticed or get fired.  One or the other was going to happen.”

Regarding his YouTube show, and what the WWE originally thought of it: “No one ever came up to me for a while and said hey we like what you’re doing, and no one really told me to stop. Nobody told me to continue.  I was so under the radar that they didn’t really know I was doing it.  And if they did, they didn’t care enough to watch it.  And if they did watch it, they weren’t telling me they were watching it because I got no feedback, so I just continued doing what I was doing.”

When asked if he’s frustrated in his current role on television: “I mean, absolutely but I think with every superstar, not just me, you can never be satisfied with you position, you can never be satisfied with where you are on the card. If you get in this business, you should want to be at the top, and I’m not at the top yet. So, I’m going to be frustrated until I’m there, and when I’m there I’ll probably want to be even better so I’ll be frustrated then, but that’s how it works, that’s how you get better, that’s how you become the best.”

Smacktalk Radio Live is a weekly show aired live at 9pm PST every Thursday evening running down the latest in professional wrestling.  On Twitter @SRLradio and also

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