On getting revenge on Kane and Eve at Great American Bash: "I needed that redemption big time. I was on such a roll at the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 and the whole Kane and Eve thing killed my momentum. Basically killed my career. So, to turn that around and get revenge on them was something I needed. Hopefully it'll get the Ryder Revolution back on track."
On his goals: "The United States Title, I had that for a hot minute. I'd love to get that back. In 2011 I think I proved to people that I'm not a joke, I can be taken seriously in the ring. And hopefully by the end of this year I'll have a major championship."
On whether he's concerned that he will have to drop the goofier parts of his persona to get to the next level: "I think maybe in time, I can't be the same old guy forever. But that doesn't mean I'll have to drop all of the parts of my character to get to the top. I think eventually I'll evolve. If you've followed my career I was a Major Brother, then an Edge Head, now I'm Zack Ryder, I'm sure in three years I'll be completely different."
On whether WWE asks him for social media tips: "No. It's funny though, now they have meetings about how to use hash tags or whatever. And I'm like, "Are you serious, bro?" All this stuff that I've been doing for years, not saying that I originated it, but I've been doing it best. It's cool though, I'm glad WWE is finally embracing social media."
On getting his own action figure: "It was great. I've been a wrestling fan all my life and I've collected wrestling figures my whole life. So, of course a dream of mine was to be in the WWE and to have my own figure. When I got my first Mattel action figure I was ecstatic. I'd always check on the Internet and try to see the new lineups. When I saw the prototype image, it was one of the best moments of my life."
On the Internet Championship: "What's crazy is the Internet Championship is something I created for my YouTube show and I'm not allowed to bring it out on WWE TV. Yet, it's on this WWE t-shirt I'm wearing here. And now it's on the action figure. So, someone's telling you no, but you still get to do it. It's ridiculous. I love it."
On why he can't put it on TV: "I don't know. As soon as I got it made I showed it to some people and they were like, "Absolutely not." I'm not going to put up a fight about it, if they don't want to use it, they don't have to use it."
On getting props from Edge in his Hall of Fame induction speech: "Edge, whether he knows it or not, saved my career, saved Curt Hawkins career. We were the Major Brothers at the time, doing nothing on Smackdown. And we'd pitched this idea to be Edge's cronies. He didn't have to say yes. But he put the green light on it and along the way we learned so much from him. And for him to retire and to talk about us and give us words of encouragement, it was very humbling. It was great."