WWE wrestler Zack Ryder says he's at a low point in his career, says he got emotional over the final Z! True Long Island Story

Mar 5, 2013 - 10:40 AM

WWE star Zack Ryder spoke with Arda Ocal of the Baltimore Sun and was asked where he feels he's at in his career. "I’m at a low point," Ryder responded. "That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because there’s only one place to go and that’s up. The Z True Long Island Story paved my career, it re-invented Zack Ryder, but that time has come and gone.

"Last year, 2011, I ended it as the United States Champion. I had my first WrestleMania match at WrestleMania 28. Now this year at WrestleMania 29, not on the show, not really doing much. That’s why I really need this low point to really fuel me to come up with something new. Maybe it won’t be as big or as phenomenal as Z True Long Island Story, but there will be something that just works and clicks to the audience, something that gets me to that next level. So I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing that I’m at a low point; I just think it’s a little break before I get even higher."

Ryder also spoke about the end of Z True Long Island Story. "That episode was two years in the making," he said. "The actual editing process was three hours straight of me on my computer editing and editing. WWE may have put in on their channel, but they didn’t help out with the editing. It was still all me. It was bittersweet. I was glad the show was done -- it had run its course. It had become sort of a job, but at the same time it saved my career and doing that last episode and watching it, I cried a lot. It was emotional. The beginning episode, it changed my life.

"It was a lot of fun. It was so time consuming, but it was a lot of fun creating an outlet that was leading to something. Doing the show and my status in the company just went up and up and up. So it added motivation there. The second year of the show I was forced to bring it to the WWE channel. It just wasn’t fun anymore and I think the fans could see that. WWE’s editing the content on the show was different, and it just became like a job. I’m glad the show is over, I’m glad I did it and it definitely changed the way WWE, whether they want to admit it or not, looked at social media. (Last Friday was) Social Media Smackdown. It’s pretty crazy." Read the full interview at

Powell's POV: Ryder was pretty straight forward and blunt throughout the interview. He also spoke about Triple H and Stephanie McMahon joining Twitter, whether he believes Vince McMahon will follow, how his Twitter follower count helps him pick up women at bars, being annoyed at not probably not being on the WrestleMania card, and his take on Dolph Ziggler losing so frequently.

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