Zack Ryder recently did an interview with The Baltimore Sun in which he talks about his career slump and more. Here are highlights:
On where his career is right now: "I'm at a low point. 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. "
On if he's trying to find a new way to reinvent himself: "Yeah, I mean it's hard to say. You Tube, Twitter and Facebook changed my career, but it didn't really reinvent me -- it just made me realize who I was. You look at Zack Ryder a week before I started Z True Long Island Story and it's still the same Zack Ryder, just people actually knew who he was. So now it's getting to the point where I have to reinvent because everybody knows the 'woo, woo, woo,' everyone knows 'the broski, take care, spike your hair,' and the 'Long Island Iced Z.' Now is the time to change things up a little bit, tweak things here and there. I'm going to have to sit down and map things out because Z True Long Island Story took off as an accident. I wanted it to be successful; I didn't know how successful it would get. So I have to sit down and figure out what is the next step, how to change and how to truly reinvent Zack Ryder. "
On the last episode of Z! True Long Island Story: "That episode was two years in the making. 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. "