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->'''''WOO WOO WOO!!'''''

'''Zack Ryder''' is a Professional Wrestler signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}} and is a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champion]]. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WawpkVWQtfI this]] pretty much sums him up completely. That, and his own Website/YouTube series, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory''.

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!!Tropes associated with Zack Ryder include, Bro:
* AbortedArc: Wrestling/DolphZiggler didn't invoke his rematch clause due to becoming the #1 contender for the WWE Championship.
** Didn't invoke his rematch clause for the US title after returning from his [[{{Kayfabe}} injury.]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Just watch Zack's dad for a few minutes. It's all done intentionally and PlayedForLaughs, but it's still there. His dad also recently got Twitter; Zack's standard operating procedure is to retweet whatever he just said with an "UGH" attached.
* AscendedFanboy: Let's see, big WWE fan growing up in Long Island, and he and Curt Hawkins were huge Edge fans. Not only do they make it to the WWE and become Tag Team champions, but they were in a PowerStable with their favorite WWE Superstar.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/EvanBourne, 2009-2011, until face turn. Yoshi Tatsu. They have had dozens of matches from ECW to RAW to Superstars, even down to being the last two left in the dark match battle royal at Wrestlemania 26.
** They have began referring to each other as "Japanese Broski" and "American Broski" since Ryder's face turn. Curt Hawkins, who pretty much trolls the ground Yoshi Tatsu walks on on Twitter, has stated their newfound bromance makes him sick.
** Wrestling/DolphZiggler was this in late 2011, much to Ziggler's own chagrin. At one point, Zack pinned him at least 3 times in a month, and it drove Ziggler to the point where he hijacked Ryder's ZTrueLongIslandStory broadcast, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech talked about how him being "for real" overshadows Ryder's "fake" Net popularity]], and assaulted Ryder's friend Chiappetta.
*** Revealed in Episode 37 that was Chiappetta was jumped by [[spoiler:Scott Stanford]]. Only to be revealed in episode 38 to be [[spoiler:Scott Stanford's EvilTwin who teamed up with Dolph Ziggler.]]
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The Rough Ryder, it looks cool, but is really impractical for a lot of reasons.
* BattleCouple: This was how his relationship with Eve started.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: On the September 20th, 2013 edition of Wrestling/WWESmackdown, Ryder and Wrestling/JustinGabriel asked Wrestling/TripleH for the chance to compete that night. Trips agreed to give them a fair competition. Of course, [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily this]] was his idea of fair...
* BecomingTheMask: Has embraced the old-school style of living his gimmick.
--> '''Zack Ryder''': Ninety-nine percent of that character is me. It is me ó [[AscendedFanboy Iím a big kid living the dream]], listening to boy band music, fist pumpiní in the club, [[{{Catchphrase}} spiking my hair]].
* BigApplesauce: More specifically, Long Island.
* BrassBalls: It took a pretty big set for Ryder to slap [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]] in the condition he was in.
** It's actually even more daring when you consider that Cena was slowly being corrupted by hate due to Kane's psychological warfare on him. If John didn't hold any restraint, Ryder would've be beaten within an inch of his life.
* BreakTheCutie: Oh, dear god. Wrestling/{{Kane}} went through great lengths with this in his feud with Cena. From trying to drag him into Hell, stalking him everywhere he went and even ''confinedhim to a wheelchair'', the poor kid couldn't catch a break during all of this.
** And pushing said wheelchair off the Raw stage.
* BreakupBreakout: With his former tag partner, Curt Hawkins. Ryder's gone from jobber to US Champion and top fan favorite in less than a year, while Curt Hawkins hasn't been seen on either of the two flagship shows since his angle with {{Edge}} ended.
** Except for being (figuratively and literally) squashed by Brodus Clay in the latter's return match.
* ButtMonkey: 2012 hasn't exactly been Zack Ryder's best year.
** ThrowTheDogABone: He won the July 3rd, 2012 Smackdown Battle Royal to be GM for next week--by eliminating '''Kane''' of all people!
*** Earlier, he dumps punch on Wrestling/EveTorres.
** 2013 isn't shaping up to be much better, being on the wrong end of [[{{Jobber}} squash matches]] and getting ''annihilated'' by {{Ryback}} as an example of what John Cena could expect in their Ambulance Match.
* CallBack: In a September of 2011 photoshoot with his customized Internet Championship, Ryder is facing the camera, head tilted slightly down while he's pulled down his glasses to look directly at the camera. A pose that is very similar to another promotional image taken during the early part of his run in WWE.
* CasanovaWannabe
* CatchPhrase: WOO WOO WOO... YOU KNOW IT. This actually won him a 2010 Slammy... for WORST Catchphrase. See also VerbalTic.
** Are you serious, bro?!
** I'm gonna [[PunctuatedForEmphasis a Fist! Pump! Your face!]]
* ContinuityNod: Cena called him "The Tenth Wonder of the World". This is a reference to AndreTheGiant and {{Chyna}}, who were called "The Eighth and Ninth Wonders of the World" respectively in the WWE.
** Also pretty much the month of July 2012. During a backstage segment at a party, he ended up throwing a bowl of punch on EveTorres. The following week, Zack won the job of "Smackdown GM for a day" in July 2012 by winning a Battle Royal with that as the prize. His last elimination was that of Wrestling/{{Kane}}. Anyone who's watched Raw and Smackdown for most of 2012 is aware that Eve and Kane have been the ones primarily responsible for his 2012 not going nearly as well as he'd hoped.
* CoolShades: Admit it...
* CurbStompBattle:
** His first WWE title shot had him losing to Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} in ''eleven seconds.''
** In the 2010 Royal Rumble Match, Ryder was quickly eliminated after CMPunk (who was a heel at the time) tried to persuade him to join the Straight Edge Society before [[TalkToTheFist hitting him in the skull with a microphone]].
* DemotedToExtra: During the last 12 months of the ECW brand, Zack Ryder was a perennial contender to the ECW title, having [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome several standout matches]] with then ECW champ {{Christian}}. He also was given the honor of retiring the last {{Wrestling/ECW}} original Tommy Dreamer. He even interfered in the final ECW championship match. Upon arriving to RAW, he has not displayed any of that in-ring competence at all.
** Lampshaded by Wrestling/CMPunk during his invasion of WWE Comic-Con
-->'''CM Punk''': "When's Zack Ryder gonna be on televison?"
** Now no longer the case. See RedemptionPromotion below.
** Has sadly happened again. After a successful year in 2011, where he won the US title, he's hardly on TV anymore, and only show up on Superstars. Something that he complains about on ZTrueLongIslandStory.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Really? A dance battle between a guy whose big move is fist pumping and a pelvic thrust against a ''[[Wrestling/JohnMorrison master]]'' ''[[DanceBattler of]]'' ''[[LeParkour parkour]]'' for the US Title shot at Survivor Series? Scott Stanford, [[CatchPhrase Are you serious, bro?]] To be fair, Zack did well with his limited moveset. The real failure was picking Zack's dad, a known Jomo Sapien, to be the judge.
* DistressedDude: Unfortunately ended up in the middle of Kane's quest to make JohnCena give in to the hate. He was nearly dragged to hell, chokeslammed on to a pallet outside the arena, chokeslammed ''through the stage'' as well as given a Tombstone Piledriver...all in the matter of about a month.
** UpToEleven: The week he came back from the Tombstone saw Cena [[AccidentalKiss locking lips]] with his love interest EveTorres, then when he risked his heath [[BrassBalls tried to confront an increasingly hate-consumed Cena]] in the ring about it and then walked back on his own he ended up pushed off the stage into a sick bump by Kane. The ''following'' week? Literally not a minute goes by on Raw without Eve [[ShockingSwerve gloating to the Bella Twins about how she used Ryder for attention]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing and was now ready to move on to Cena]], [[RightBehindMe who happened to be right behind her the entire time]].
* DudeWheresMyRespect: He defeated the [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler US champ twice]] and then didn't appear on Raw at all for weeks on end.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Zack Ryder went from being a leading candidate in the "future endeavors" club to United States Champion all in the course of a year, and he did it all on his own, by making himself relevant through social media to the point that WWE had no choice but to take notice.
* ExecutiveMeddling: An in-universe example: A week after being choke-slammed onto a pallet by Kane and suffering damage to his midsection, Zack's advertised US Title defense against Jack Swagger depended on a doctor's note saying whether he could compete or not. Laurinaitis did receive the note, and the match went on as scheduled, so we assume Zack was cleared. However, he ended up on the wrong end of a [[CurbStompBattle squash]] and lost the US Championship to Swagger. It's only just after this that we find out Laurinaitis never actually read the note until after the match, which said Zack in fact had '''not''' been cleared by doctors. [[BlatantLies "My bad"]].
* FightingYourFriend: This is what Johnny Ace's "social experiment" attempted to do between Ryder and JohnCena, the guy who's been promoting him practically nearly from the get-go. Ace pits the two friends against each other in a match where if Ryder wins, he finally gets his US Title match against Dolph Ziggler, and if Cena wins, he's in the WWE Title match at the TLC pay-per-view. Neither man is happy about it, and it seemingly plays out when Cena pins Zack, and Ryder's absolutely despondent about losing his "one shot", but the DividedWeFall moment is [[AvertedTrope averted]] when Cena goes backstage to Johnny Ace and is willing to forfeit his title opportunity via Johnny's SadisticChoice to give Ryder another chance at a US Title shot. See NiceJobFixingItVillain below for details on what happened then.
** He only told Cena to stay out of it because thanks to Laurinaitis's stipulation, Cena interfering in the Kane-Ryder match would cost Zack his one and only US Title rematch against Jack Swagger. It also makes sense, in a twisted way: Kane sending Ryder to the hospital has put him out of commission, but also out of further harm's way since Kane is now completely fixated on Cena and Eve. After seeing them [[NotWhatItLooksLike "kissing"]], this is gonna turn real.
** Subverted: Due to Eve attempt to be a ManipulativeBitch backfiring.
* FinishingMove: The Zack Attack (Inverted overdrive neckbreaker) and the Rough Ryder (Jumping leg lariat). Zack's late 2011 push and increased ring time saw the Rough Ryder see more use, while the Zack Attack was dropped because it's AwesomeButImpractical.
** SignatureMove: The Broski Boot (Facewash after fist-pumping)
* FollowTheLeader
** First, a subversion: Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins (Ryder's former tag team partner) started their own Website/YouTube show in an effort to gain more of a fan following, but caught backstage heat from WWE and were forced to shut it down.
** Wrestling/SantinoMarella's first quarter of 2012 has transpired almost exactly like the way the second half of Ryder's 2011 went - his screen time saw a sudden spike in screen time, then he was placed into a storyline role as Teddy Long's assistant...then he won the United States championship. Given that Santino replaced Ryder as Long's assistant right after the latter won his title, it almost looks like WWE was going for a bit of SelfPlagiarism.
* ForcedLevelGrinding[=/=]DareToBeBadass: How Ryder stepped up in 2011, as he noted in a recent article:
--> '''Zack Ryder:''' Earlier this year, probably January or so, I looked myself in the mirror and said this career is not where I want it to be. [[LastDance I had nothing to lose]]; I was on a path to get released. What were they going to do? Fire me? Not put me on TV? I wasnít on TV anyway. My life was going to change one way or the other. I knew I was either going to get fired or get noticed. '''''[[{{Determinator}} I got]] [[TookALevelInBadass noticed]]'''''.
* FragileSpeedster: He's a high flier with a ridiculously weak chin.
** [[MadeOfIron Not quite.]] While other high-fliers like Evan Bourne, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, Wrestling/SinCara (Azul)]] and John Morrison have all been sidelined for one reason or another, Ryder has remained injury-free for most of 2011. Probably part of him [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]].
* IconicOutfit: His signature look, a pair of half-tights, half-briefs.
** Although he's switched to full briefs as of late.
** Don't forget the headband, bro.
** And the [[CoolShades Glasses]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Manages to get off a couple on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ioU1Ws0nJ4 his Youtube show]], riffing on wrestling lingo; first, he promises to [[WorkedShoot "shoot"]], then shows up dressed as Han Solo firing a toy blaster, and then he says that the reason the economy's so bad is because he's doing all the [[{{jobber}} "jobs"]], then demonstrates how he's a wrestler, a cook, a plumber, and an underwear model.
** Replies to The Big O pushing him on his show with "NOBODY PUSHES ZACK RYDER."
** And as he's trying to climb a fence, someone asked him what he's doing: "Trying to get over."
** Of course, both of these examples are [[{{Irony}} very ironic]] as the [[ZTrueLongIslandStory show]] where he took jabs at his situation got him ''massively'' over, which has resulted in a push as well as a short run as the US Champ. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor It's also gotten him roped into the storyline with]] Wrestling/{{Kane}} and gotten him {{Kayfabe}} injured to the point where he lost his title. Then again, when he finally did show up on TV again, he was still over.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Since he's a funny {{heel}} {{jobber}}.
** "Was" now hes a {{face}}
* InsaneTrollLogic: After getting a new shirt, identical to the "Broski" t-shirt but with "Are you serious, Bro?" instead of "Take Care, Spike Your Hair." The reported reason for this is VinceMcMahon didn't want anything with "spike" on merchandise, because it obviously promotes SpikeTV and in turn, TNA. ''What?''
** Even more insane? Michael Cole saying that despite the thousands of signature on Ryder's public petition and the fact that he's pinned Ziggler almost ''every freakin' time'' they face each other, he says Ryder doesn't get one because "none of those matches were for the title." [[CatchPhrase Are you SERIOUS, Bro?]]
* {{Joisey}}: A [[StealthPun major]] element of his gimmick since 2009 (though he's actually from Long Island, which has a similar "wiseguy" subculture).
* {{Keet}}: See below
* LargeHam: Only Santino Marella can keep up with him in that department. One of the reasons he's endeared himself to the fanbase is his lack of inhibitions; how many other wrestlers would show themselves singing the tunes of MileyCyrus, ChristinaAguilera, New Kids on the Block, and Music/RebeccaBlack with the enthusiasm of a kid on Christmas?
* LoveMakesYouDumb: He still had feelings for [[EveTorres Eve]], despite her turning heel and admitting using him to get to Cena. Hopefully he's gotten more wise about it, after she cost his team the victory and giving him a [[GroinAttack low blow.]]
** If this photo he took of Wrestling/{{Eve| Torres}} when she [[https://twitter.com/#!/ZackRyder/status/187684947136483328/photo/1 "went swimming"]] is any indication, he's has.
* MadeOfIron[=/=]{{Determinator}}: Ever since he got roped into the [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]]/Wrestling/{{Kane}} angle, you could make a case for this just based on how many brutal beatdowns it's taken to get him off TV.
** First he got chokeslammed off a near-ten-foot drop.
** Then, the following week, he ''came back'' only to lose his United States championship to Jack Swagger, who had to use his [[FinishingMove Gutwrench Powerbomb]] '''three times''' to get Ryder to stay down. Keep in mind, Ryder had ''cracked ribs'' (which the gutwrench specifically targets) and wasn't cleared to compete.
** Then, the following week, Ryder ends up in a match with Wrestling/{{Kane}}, who predictably destroys him (although nowhere near as easily as one would think) and rounds it off by chokeslamming Ryder through the stage. Ryder ends up getting driven off in an ambulance.
** That Sunday for the Royal Rumble, he's ''back again'' (albeit in a wheelchair), and gets a Tombstone Piledriver that finally appears to have finished him off. Let's put that in perspective. Once Kane singled out Ryder as a secondary target, it took him a ''full month'' to get rid of the guy. If that's not MadeOfIron, I don't know what is.
** [[http://www.wwe.com/videos/zack-ryder-vs-kane-raw-april-16-2012-26015591 Then this happened.]] Lets just say that for all of his grit and determination, Zack Ryder will forever remember Kane as the worst thing that ever happened to him.
* MartialArtsHeadband: WWECW onward, eventually getting "Woo Woo Woo" sewn on it.
* MealTicket: Sadly turned out to be this for Eve Torres when she revealed on the 2/20/12 Raw that she was using him as a means to gain notoriety and work her way up to hooking the [[Wrestling/JohnCena "big fish"]]. What a [[BitchInSheepsClothing ho-ski]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Thanks to Cena giving up his title shot at TLC, Ryder gets another chance at a US Title shot, but the opponent he ends having to try to beat is the AxCrazy World Champion Wrestling/MarkHenry. Johnny Ace even made the match No-DQ and No Countout so that there would be no easy victory by Ryder or any dispute if he lost. Cena, however, is GenreSavvy in that he knows he can come down and get involved without Zack being DQ'ed. He gives Mark an AA, and puts a dazed Ryder on top of him for the three. BROSKIS, REJOICE!
* PluckyComicRelief: He's basically Santino if he was slightly less ridiculous, slightly [[{{Jobber}} less competent]], and from Long Island instead of Italy.
* PowerStable: Was part of La Familia on SmackDown!
* PurpleIsPowerful
* RedBaron: The Long Island Loudmouth, The Long Island Iced-Z. He and Curt Hawkins were sometimes called the Rated-R Entourage and recently the Major Broskis.
* RedemptionPromotion: Since his face turn, Ryder's been winning more matches on both RAW and Smackdown. This includes defeating US Champ DolphZiggler (thrice, the first with ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] HughJackman'' managing him, no less and finally winning the US Championship) and being on the good end of a CurbStompBattle against Michael Cole and other heel jobbers (funny since he used to be one).
* ShamelessSelfPromotion: His Website/YouTube channel, where he airs episodes of his series "''ZTrueLongIslandStory''." Though [[SubvertedTrope it's not all that shameless anymore]]. He's doing whatever he can to get the attention of WWE creative and stand out in a midcard full of other guys WWE creative has no idea what to do with. Even with [[Wrestling/JohnCena two guys in]] [[Wrestling/TheMiz main event for]] Wrestling/WrestleMania XXVII (and Wrestling/TripleH, kinda-sorta) going to bat for him, he's having a difficult time catching up.
** With Triple H's recent move into the position of director of creative development, Zack might start seeing more attention.
* ShipTease: Most recently with Eve Torres.
** ShipSinking: After Zack saw Eve and Cena kissing, along with Eve dropping the [[JustFriends "f-bomb"]] on him right after as part of her explanation, it's all but sunk.
* ShoutOut: As the first WWE Superstar to build his fanbase almost solely from the internet, it's almost appropriate that Ryder would riff off one of WWE's many [[MemeticMutation memes.]] He took to {{Twitter}} to discuss his injuries at the hands of Wrestling/{{Kane}}, alluded to getting some revenge when he came back, and rounded off his tweet with, "Wrestling/{{Kane}}, [[BookerT we coming for you Broski!!]]
** Possible one: Ryder calling himself the "Assistant General Manager" when his title is actually "Assistant to the General Manager" during his stint with Teddy Long on Smackdown seems to be a reference to Dwight Schrute from TheOfficeUS
* ShooOutTheClowns: Seems to be a victim of this, as he's gotten entangled into JohnCena's storyline with Wrestling/{{Kane}} and severely injured as a result.
* SmallNameBigEgo: His breakout persona - which has evolved into a [[PluckyComicRelief Plucky Underdog]] as he has started to become as popular as he thought he was.
** Granted, he's still a bit of an incompetent tool. It's just that now it's presented as endearing rather than annoying.
* SpikyHair: Part of his character, along with the slogan "take care, spike your hair"... up until 2013, where it was revealed that languishing in jobberdom for several months prompted him to grow it out (again) in an attempt to change his image.
* StartMyOwn: At one point, Ryder started referring to himself as the "champion of the Internet." A few weeks later, he ''actually had a WWE Internet Title belt'' that he defends at WWE live events.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A rare male example, as he was being injured and beaten down solely to improve JohnCena and his rivalry with Kane. By the story, he might never wrestle again, which is apparently as good as death in the WWE. No better example of destroying one person's life to extend and involve another person's plot.
* TakeThat: A pretty [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]] one that was quite [[OutOfCharacterMoment out of character]] towards Wrestling/{{WWE}} management on his {{Twitter}} feed, [[http://twitter.com/ZackRyder/status/29479855067 see it]].
** Recently started adding one to the "do all this social media stuff" exit message he gives on his Website/YouTube show after moving future entries to WWE's Website/YouTube channel instead of his own:
--> "But because of WWE, you can't leave a comment."
*** Although this one has seen been averted, since WWE now allows fans to leave comments on his show (this is something of a big deal, since WWE is so notoriously tight-fisted about things like that, the fact that he and his fans had the pull to get that changed is saying something.)
* ThrowTheDogABone: Ever since Triple H became COO he had multiple bones thrown his way.
* TookALevelInBadass: December 2010? Seldom-used {{Jobber}} lucky to get even token TV time. December 2011? The United States Champion.
** Also take note that he's actually able to take most of the blows that are coming this way, whereas before he'd be pummeled pretty easily.
** It took ''[[RuleOfThree Three gutwrench powerbombs]]'' to his injured ribs to put him down in a recent match against Jack Swagger.
** That's to say nothing of the beating he endured at the hands of Wrestling/{{Kane}}.
* VerbalTic: Sometimes he [=WOO=]s during his entrances... and doesn't seem to notice.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Triple H. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] on Ryder's end because he's absolutely grateful Trips gave him the opportunity to prove himself on TV and gave "The Game" his vote of support despite the issue surrounding Triple H's stint as COO which were affecting all of the roster. Played straight with TripleH, who does support Zack Ryder getting more air time and making something out of himself, but cringes when saying the kid's [[CatchPhrase "Woo Woo Woo"]] and can't resist the urge to give him a Pedigree whenever they're in the ring together.
* UnrelatedBrothers: Started his WWE career as one half of the "Major Brothers" with himself as Brett and Curt Hawkins as Brian.
* VocalDissonance: Despite his California "surfer-dude" appearance when he debuted as Brett Major, Zack is actually an Italian-American (okay, ''Spanish''-American, but close enough) from New York, and that comes through pretty well in his accent and gimmick. Many people were probably surprised when they first heard him speak.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: In a [[http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2012-02-13/ryder-speaks-about-cena-eve-kiss WWE.com interview]], he pretty much says he could care less about Cena after the guy kissed Eve, and hopes he and Kane destroy one another in their Ambulance Match at the "Elimination Chamber" PPV.
** Although they've apparently reconciled, as they've appeared together a few times since summer 2012.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Likely the only reason Eve didn't get any comeuppance from low blowing him at [=WrestleMania=].
** [[IncrediblyLamePun But she sure can take a punch]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FfEVnufDLY a-thank you!]]
* YankTheDogsChain: Happened during the 10/24/11 [[WWERaw Raw]] when Ryder was announced as Cena's tag team partner going up against [[TheMiz Awesome]] [[RonKillings Truth]] in the main event. Zack's so excited about being in the main event for the first time, he takes the time to do a backstage promo right before the match, during which [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown R-Truth and Miz promptly jump and beat him down to take him out of the match]]. Broski got denied big time.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] on the Nov. 7, 2011 Raw when he got to tag with Cena for real, even getting to hit a stereo Broski Boot and Five-Knuckle Shuffle with the man.
** And in the 2011 European tour, Ryder got the chance to team up with Cena once again. They even give him a part in the US promos for the tour (usually reserved to top talent/big names) and mentions that part. Cut to Cena flatly saying "Don't air that part. On to the next part."
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''YOU KNOW IT!''