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[[caption-width-right:350:[[CatchPhrase Woo, woo, woo...you know it!]]]]


Here's a hypothetical for you: You're employed by the Wrestling/{{WWE}}, but you're a [[{{Jobber}} lower mid-carder]] who doesn't get much air time. You have to count your blessings if you appear at all on the main shows such as WWERaw or WWESmackDown, and forget about having an actual match. You're desperate to generate ''any'' kind of interest with the higher-ups or the booking committee--not because you're an attention whore, but because this is your livelihood on the line, and you could very easily be shown the door at any time. So what do you do?

Most wrestlers wouldn't know what to do. But ZackRyder isn't most wrestlers. Apparently deciding [[http://twitter.com/#!/ZackRyder his own twitter page]] and [[http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001735358871 his own Facebook page]] wasn't enough, Zack started his own WebOriginal series, most of which are a DayInTheLife-style videos of him discussing whatever is bothering him at the time, or just clips of him screwing around whatever town he's in.

The show's worked out well for Zack: not only has he become one of WWE's biggest merchandise sellers, but "The Ryder Revolution" brought him more success in his wrestling career, as he started 2011 as a regular on WWE's fourth-tier Internet-only show ''Superstars'' and ended 2011 as the United States Champion and one of the most popular wrestlers in the company. Not bad for a guy who admitted that he did the show to "get noticed or get fired", eh?

After nearly a year of videos, the show was moved to WWE's official [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFE472860E8D676F6&feature=plcp YouTube page.]] The older videos are located [[http://www.youtube.com/user/LongIslandIcedZ here]].

On January 11 2013, after making 100 videos, Zack ended the show.

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!!Tropes seen in this series include:
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Running down the list of social media outlets, in regards to fake accounts of his:
-->''"Now for some reason, there's a whole lot of fake {{Twitter}}s, {{Facebook}}s, Website/YouTube channels, MySpace--who still uses MySpace, bro?--but unless you're watching this on a channel that says '[=LongIslandIcedZ=]', it is a '''fake'''.''"
* BigNo: In episode 55, when [[spoiler:an amnesiac]] Zack's dad [[spoiler:re-]]learns that John Morrison died.
* TheCameo: He promised that JohnCena would be a guest on his show. And he was...for as long as it took for John to walk by, shake his hand, say hi, and walk off (this was deliberately done, Cena was there a total of 3 seconds, and had his back to the camera most of the time.) Still didn't stop Zack from marking like an eight-year-old Hulkamaniac, though.
** Zack filmed the ending to episode 16 during the May 30, 2011 episode of WWERaw in which John Cena cuts in on the way to his match with R-Truth. Doubles as the FunnyBackgroundEvent of that Raw episode.
** JoeyStyles came out of retirement to call a match between Ryder and an UltimateWarrior plush figure.
** HughJackman introduced episode 32 after working a segment with Zack on Raw.
** Jimmy Hart introduced episode 41
** After Eve shot him down in episode 42, Mae Young pops up to comfort him.
** Dennis Haskins, Principal Belding from SavedByTheBell, have appeared in two episodes.
** And now we can add Howard Finkel to the list of people who have made introductions for the show.
* CameraAbuse: Episode 13 ends with him tossing his CoolShades at the camera, knocking it over.
* CatchPhrase: "Take care, spike your hair!" and, of course, "Woo, woo, woo! You know it, bro!"
** "Are you serious bro?"
* ChannelHop: After 50 episodes, the show was moved to WWE's official Website/YouTube page.
* ClipShow: Episode 51, that was the first to be hosted on the official Website/YouTube page for WWE, showed clips from previous episode, so new and old viewers could catch up and see how far he'd gotten.
* CoolShades
* DeadpanSnarker: Dolph Ziggler, when he's not hamming it up.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Walking in on his dad watching John Morrison's entrance video while vigorously using his Shake-Weight.
* EasterEgg: Since his 3rd video, Dolph Ziggler and [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Peter Venkman]] action figures can be found hidden in each episode.
* EasyAmnesia: After being hit by a car, [[spoiler: Zack's dad is back to being a [[JohnMorrison MoFo.]]]]
* EvilTwin: Who really was behind the attack of Chiopetta.
* ExecutiveMeddling: His show ended up suffering from this after the ChannelHop, with Episode 63 having 2 minutes edited out and in Episode 64 a rant against WWE is edited out, but in it stead a promo for Extreme Rules was played. Turns out it was [[EveTorres Eve]] who suggested the edit.
* FaceHeelTurn: Dolph Ziggler performed a weird variant of this. He has long been a {{Heel}} on WWE TV, yet was friends with Zack for months after his HeelFaceTurn in WWE continuity. However, the Hugh Jackman incident on RAW prompted him to turn heel on Z! True Long Island Story.
* FiveManBand
** [[TheHero The He-Bro]] - Zack
** TheLancer - Primo early on, now Chiappetta
** TheSmartGuy - Scott Stanford
** TheBigGuy - The Big O, Zack's bodyguard
** TheChick - Zack's dad
** SixthRanger - Curt Hawkins, or he was until he turned into a SixthRangerTraitor.
* FollowTheLeader: Once the show started picking up steam and Zack started getting some momentum behind him, a lot of other Superstars also decided to do Youtube shows, with varying ideas behind them and levels of success. Curt Hawkins and Daniel Bryan's both lasted for a few weeks before they stopped, Melina's done a few, but got released anyway, and Chris Masters didn't begin his until after he was let go. Some do it for self-publicity, others simply do it for fun. (Technically, they're all following behind Matt and Jeff Hardy, but Zack has had the most success out of it.)
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: During episode #35, Dolph Ziggler walks past the camera and says, "Tell Brazzers that I don't get into bed for less than $10,000 a day." Brazzers is an adult film company (This is also probably a reference to the fact that [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrks57s8FM1qimlzco1_500.jpg they apparently took the "Ask The Heel" logo from the Brazzers logo.]])
** Episode 39's #areyouseriousbro tweet is from Keiran Lee, a male pornstar who does scenes for Brazzers.
** Episode 74: [[DoubleEntendre "History was made...as I made Eve wet."]] Yeah, those who watched Super Smackdown knew [[ContrivedClumsiness what Zack]] [[BeverageSpill was talking about]], but seriously, how did ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7CQR5XezBzg#t=24s this]]'' get past the WWE production team?!
* GuestHost: In episode 48, just days after Zack been attacked by Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Chiappetta filled in for Zack. When Kane attacked Zack again two weeks later, Big O served as the guest host in episode 50.
* HopeSpot: There been a couple of attempts to restart/revive the series, but nothing has happened so far.
* IAteWhat / GargleBlaster: He finally unveils what an actual Long Island Iced Z is. It's a mix of vodka, rum, tequila, diet soda, and protein. Even he couldn't drink it.
* LastNameBasis[=/=]NoNameGiven[=/=]OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Chiapetta is only called just that; Zack's father is refereed to either Zack's dad or Mr Ryder; and the Big O, is, well, he's called nothing but the Big O.
* [[MonsteroftheWeek Broski of the Week]] / [[VictimoftheWeek Sign of the Week]]
* MemeticHandGesture: Holding his right index finger and thumb in the shape of an L, while holding up one finger on his left hand.
** [[DontExplainTheJoke It's an L and an I, for "Long Island", in case anyone failed to notice that]].
* TheMerch / MerchandiseDriven: Plugging T-shirts with his picture on them. "Go ahead, buy one--I gotta eat."
** Then the new t-shirts, then the headband, then the sunglasses, then the... hooded scarf?
** Has become somewhat of a RunningGag, as each week he has become increasingly covered in merchandise, to the point where it's difficult to see Zack in there at all
* NoBudget: Lampshaded in the first episode, as he mocks his own lacking background, and how he recorded it on a [[ProductPlacement Flip camera]] his parents gave him as a Christmas gift.
** Even now, his background is several of his photos on one of those tri-fold posterboards that elementary-school science projects are on.
* OnceAnEpisode: The "Broski of the Week", wherein he makes mention of one of his fans.
* OnlySaneMan: In episode 59, Zack was the embodiment of this when he reacted to all the crazy stuff that went on around him. From the Big O plans to join the WWE to Stanfords crazy merch ideas.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent[=/=]OurAngelsAreDifferent: Hard to tell from one appearance, but Morrison pops in from above to congratulate Zack on the one year anniversary of the show.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: How DolphZiggler keeps interrupting the show with his "Ask the Heel" segment. Zack changes the password every week on his computer, Ziggler keeps guessing them right.
* [[PleaseSubscribeToOurChannel Please Subscribe to My Channel, Bro]]: "Dont forget to like this video, leave a comment, subscribe to my channel, go back and watch all my ''other'' episodes, ''aaaaaaaaaand'' like me on FaceBook, follow me on {{Twitter}}, [[TheMerch buy all this Zack Ryder merchandise on WWEShop.com]], and [[CatchPhrase take care, spike your hair. Woo Woo Woo!]]" *GlassesPull* "[[CatchPhrase You know it!]]"
* PermaStubble
* [[PutOnABus Put in a Limo]]: Morrison, due to his contract expiring and wouldn't be able to film any future episodes.
** BusCrash: Which promptly blew up.
*** Which was a parody of the infamous "VinceMcMahon got blown up" WWE storyline.
* ReallyDeadMontage: Parodied after the above happened, on the next episode.
* ShapedLikeItself: Broskis on Broadway TheMusical, "a show so inspiring, Newsweek magazine calls it so inspiring".
* ShoutOut: The name is a take on ''"ETrueHollywoodStory"''.
** Scott Stanford revealing himself to being the one who attacked Chiapetta was a direct shout out to TheReveal of VinceMcMahon as the Higher Power. Zack would even call Stanford a "son of a bitch" on Twitter an hour after the video was uploaded on WWE.com, mirroring JimRoss's commentary that night.
** In Episode 7, references Beyond the Mat, specifically Dennis Stamp, complete with trampoline.
*** Episode 7 also references the "aftershave" sequence in the first ''HomeAlone'' film.
* SigilSpam: His logo, a stylized combination of the letters Z and R.
* SpinOff: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/LongIslandIcedChi Chi! True Long Island Story]], focused around Chiapetta and with Zack helping with production.
* StalkerWithACrush: Zack's Dad to Melina - he calls her in the middle of the night, bro!
* TakeThat: In episode 29, Ryder asks the viewer, "Do you want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?" Cue an audio clip of TheMiz saying [[CatchPhrase "AWESOME"]].
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Ziggler challenged Ryder to match at WrestleMania 29 for the Internet Championship, which Ryder declined, stating he has nothing left to prove. A few episode later and we see Ryder accepting Ziggler challange and shaking hand on it.
* TheRival: At the start of the show, JohnMorrison due to Morrison being Zack's dad's favorite wrestler. As the series went on, DolphZiggler firmly entrenched himself as Zack's big rival to the point that spilled over into TV.
* VerbalTic: Very liberal use of "bro", including in prefix form.
* VisualPun: In one episode, Zack struggles scaling a cyclone fence; when the cameraman asks what he's doing, he shouts out, "I'm trying to get over!"
** "Nobody pushes Zack Ryder!" after being shoved.
*** After he listened to Vince [=McMahon's=] speech to The Rock on Rocky's birthday, he heard Vince mention how the Rock reached for the brass ring. Cue Zack scrambling for "The Brass Ring:" In his mother's jewelry box, then in a box of Ring Pops. He finally finds it, and as he's squeeing with delight, he holds up a cheap looking toy wrestling ring he spray-painted gold.
** Zack Ryder draws money.
** Missing the boat with Zack Ryder (a guy posing as WWE and wielding a shovel swings and misses a toy boat with a ZackRyder action figure on it)
** Dropping the (basket)ball with (a picture of) Zack Ryder.
** WWE gets cold feet (by standing on ice) on putting Zack Ryder (action figure) on television.
** Zack proclaiming it's "time to turn face," cue stop motion video of a Zack Ryder action figure turning its head completely around.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 34 ends with Zack just about to do his signature sign-off... But he hears a noise, and takes the camera with him to investigate. He finds Chiappetta in a pool of his own blood, left with a Perfection T-shirt and a mask that Dolph Ziggler had worn when he interrupted the video.
** Episode 42 ends with Zack near the end of his sign-off, when DolphZiggler waffles him with the United States Championship out of nowhere.
*** Zack returns the favor in episode 44, waiting for Ziggler to finish his [[{{Twitter}} #HEEL]] spiel before [[{{Revenge}} clocking him with the Internet Championship]] and replies with [[IronicEcho "Later, mark."]]
** [[spoiler: Episode 53 ended with Chiappetta and The Big O accidentally running over Zack's dad.]] Mind you, this was after the latest in many attacks by Kane, and Zack had spent the entire episode in bed.
*** The following episode revealed Zack's dad turned out to be okay, taking only a few bumps and bruises. [[spoiler: It also revealed it turned him back into a John Morrison fan.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whatever happened to Scott Stanford's EvilTwin?
** Zack has a segment where he's trying to figure out where Trent Baretta has disappeared to (in real life Trent is down with an injury) and various clips are shown hinting his whereabouts.
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