Mick Foley has posted
a new blog on Facebook, discussing Zack Ryder. Check it out
THE SAD STORY OF ZACK RYDER
note – I originally wrote this story as “The Tragedy of Zack Ryder”, but, after
watching the evening news filled with real tragedies, downgraded it to a “sad
The story of Zack Ryder is a sad one.
It’s a sad story
because I’ve seen so much great, hard-working talent recently on the independent
scene, and know how difficult it is for them to even get a shot at the big time,
let alone get over…really over. Zack Ryder was over…and now he’s
It’s a sad story because he found a new and unique way to make
himself a valuable commodity in WWE – and now his value is gone.
sad story because in November of 2011, after a heavily promoted “once in a
lifetime” teaming up of John Cena – WWE Universe and Dwayne The Rock Johnson,
Madison Square Garden, the most famous arena in the world erupted in “We want
Ryder” chants – and now those chants are gone.
It’s a sad story because I
refereed several of his main event matches in Europe in that fall of 2011, and
saw the joy with which he was received by the fans in that main event role – a
role he is unlikely to ever know again.
It’s a sad story because fans
bought his merchandise, they watched his show on You Tube, they liked him on
Facebook (almost 1.5 million) they followed him on Twitter (over 1.5 million)
and he made people smile – and now those smiles are gone.
It’s a sad
story because eventually people get tired of finding out that the WWE Superstars
they have supported with their cheers, their purchases, their signs, their
follows and their likes aren’t real Superstars – and little by little, those
fans lose interest in WWE, find other interests, and become former WWE
It’s a sad story because the next time WWE talent is given the
speech about reaching for the brass ring, at the very least, in the back of
their minds, they should be thinking about the guy who reached out and grabbed
that brass ring – and was asked to return it.
Maybe his surprise victory
on #RAW will be the start of something new. Maybe.
I remember standing in
the ring with Zack and #CMPunk at Nassau Coliseum and gladly handing over my
claim to being Long Island’s most popular wrestler to Zack, Take a good look at
that photo. Really look at it. Look at me, still important enough in the
company’s eyes to be part of an in-ring celecration. Look at Punk, breaking
character, and willingly looking foolish, because it was a fun thing to do, and
Zack Ryder’s character made having fun, and wearing a ridiculous wig seem like
the right thing to do. Look at the joy on Zack’s face. That type of joy was
infectuous. It’s the type of joy we’re not likely to see again. That photo is
less than three years old…but it seems like such a long, long time