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'''WOO WOO WOO! YOU''' '''''KNOW''''' '''IT!'''

'''Zack Ryder''' is a {{professional wrestl|ing}}er signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where he is a former [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], [[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]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.

A point of trivia: Ryder originally debuted dressed up as Wrestling/{{Edge}}, but realized the WWE was not exactly hurting for long-haired blonds. The "broski" makeover was largely his own idea. This did not impress the head honchos at WWE, who bought the rights to Ryder's show and proceeded to job him out to [[OutOfFocus whatever midcard wrestler wasn't busy at the time]]. Critics of the WWE have pointed to Ryder as an example of how politics have bogged the company down in recent years.

However, at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder defied all odds when he came away as the Intercontinental Champion in a 7-man ladder match.

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* AbortedArc
** Wrestling/DolphZiggler didn't invoke his rematch clause after losing the title to Ryder at ''TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2011'' due to becoming the #1 contender for the WWE Championship.
** Ryder himself didn't invoke his rematch clause for the United States Championship 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.
** Wrestling/YoshiTatsu. They had 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=] XXVI''. 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 ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory broadcast'', [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech talked about how him being "for real" overshadows Ryder's "fake" Net popularity]], and assaulted Ryder's friend Chiappetta. It was 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.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Both the Zack Attack and the Rough Ryder look cool, but are really impractical for a lot of reasons.
* BadassLongcoat: Sported one in his entrance to Wrestlemania 32, and he's kept it in a lot of his entrances ever since. He actually sketched the design himself while at his hotel room one night, and his drawing was tailored and brought to life just in time his Wrestlemania match.
* BattleCouple: This was how his relationship with Eve Torres started.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: On the September 20, 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, his idea of fair was Wrestling/TheWyattFamily...
* BecomingTheMask: Has embraced the old-school style of living his gimmick.
--> '''Zack Ryder:''' Ninety-nine percent of that character is me. It is me — [[AscendedFanboy I'm a big kid living the dream]], listening to boy band music, fist pumpin' 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 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 been 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 ''confined him to a wheelchair'' and pushing said wheelchair off the ''Raw'' stage, the poor kid couldn't catch a break during all of this.
* BreakupBreakout: With his former tag partner, Curt Hawkins. Ryder's gone from jobber to United States Champion and top fan favorite in less than a year. The high point of Hawkins' post-Edge career was getting squashed by Wrestling/BrodusClay in Clay's "Funkasaurus" debut. Even applied after Ryder was demoted to extra again at the beginning of 2012, as by June 2014 Hawkins was released.
* ButtMonkey: 2012 wasn't exactly Zack Ryder's best year. 2013 wasn't much better, being on the wrong end of [[{{Jobber}} squash matches]] and getting ''annihilated'' by Wrestling/{{Ryback}} as an example of what John Cena could expect in their Ambulance Match at ''Payback 2013''.
* CallBack: In a September 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.
* 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 Wrestling/AndreTheGiant and Wrestling/{{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 Eve Torres. 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 Wrestling/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]].
* DareToBeBadass: How Ryder stepped up in 2011, as he noted in an 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. [[TheLastDance 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 wasn’t 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]]'''''.
* DarkHorseVictory: His victory of the Intercontinental Championship at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 32'' was completely unexpected considering his {{Jobber}} status.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Before ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 32'', Zack was barely making it onto ''Superstars'' and ''Main Event''. In ''Mania'', he won the Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder Match.
* DemotedToExtra: During the last 12 months of the ''ECW'' brand, Ryder was a perennial contender to the ECW Championship, having several standout matches with then ECW Champion Wrestling/{{Christian}}, was given the honor of retiring the last Wrestling/{{ECW}} original Wrestling/TommyDreamer, and he even interfered in the final ECW Championship match. Upon arriving to ''Raw'' in February 2010 up until he started his [=YouTube=] web series and earned himself a dedicated fan following, he didn't display any of that in-ring competence at all. Afterwards it was zig-zagged; as after a successful year in 2011, he won the United States Championship, in 2012 he was quickly shifted down the card, but four years later he was on the main card for ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' and won the Intercontinental Championship.
* {{Determinator}}: Just based on how many brutal beatdowns he took from Wrestling/{{Kane}} during Kane's feud with Wrestling/JohnCena yet Ryder still appeared on TV, you could make a case for this.
* 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 Wrestling/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, then pushed off the stage...all in the matter of about a month.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: He defeated the United States Champion Wrestling/DolphZiggler 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, Ryder's advertised United States Championship defense against Jack Swagger depended on a doctor's note saying whether he could compete or not. Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis did receive the note, and the match went on as scheduled, so we assume Ryder was cleared. However, he ended up on the wrong end of a [[CurbStompBattle squash]] and lost the United States 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 Ryder 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 Wrestling/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 United States Championship match against Dolph Ziggler, and if Cena wins, he's in the WWE Championship match at the ''TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs'' 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 {{averted|Trope}} 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.
* 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.
* IconicOutfit: His signature look; a pair of half-tights, half-briefs (although he later switched to full briefs), headband, and the CoolShades.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: When he was funny {{heel}} {{jobber}}. Now he's 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 Creator/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).
* 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 Music/MileyCyrus, Music/ChristinaAguilera, Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock, and Music/RebeccaBlack with the enthusiasm of a kid on Christmas?
* LoveMakesYouDumb: He still had feelings for Wrestling/{{Eve|Torres}}, despite her turning heel and admitting using him to get to Cena. Hopefully he got more wise about it, after she cost his team the victory and giving him a [[GroinAttack low blow]], as this photo he took of her when she [[https://twitter.com/#!/ZackRyder/status/187684947136483328/photo/1 "went swimming"]] is any indication.
* MadeOfIron: 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: In ''ECW'' onward, eventually getting "Woo Woo Woo" sewn on it.
* MealTicket: Sadly turned out to be this for Eve Torres when she revealed on the February 20, 2012 episode of ''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 savvy 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.
* 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!=]''
* {{Pun}}: Manages to get off a couple on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ioU1Ws0nJ4 his YouTube show]], riffing on wrestling lingo;
** 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 [[WebVideo/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.
* PurpleIsPowerful: His attire started to get a lot of shades of purple around the time he build his fan base and got his push.
* RedBaron: The Long Island Loudmouth, The Long Island Iced-Z. He and Curt Hawkins were sometimes called the Rated-R Entourage.
* RedemptionPromotion: Since his face turn, Ryder's been winning more matches on both ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]''. This includes defeating United States Champion Wrestling/DolphZiggler (thrice, the first with ''Creator/HughJackman'' managing him, no less and finally winning the United States 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 "''WebVideo/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.
* ShipTease: With Eve Torres, but 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 [[ShipSinking 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 Website/{{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}}, [[Wrestling/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 ''Series/TheOfficeUS''.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Seems to be a victim of this, as he's got entangled into Wrestling/JohnCena's storyline with Wrestling/{{Kane}} and severely injured as a result.
* SignatureMove: The Broski Boot (Facewash after fist-pumping)
* 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 Wrestling/JohnCena and his rivalry with Kane.
* TakeThat
** A pretty {{deadpan|Snarker}} one that was quite {{out of character|Moment}} towards Wrestling/{{WWE}} management on his Website/{{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 since been averted, as WWE soon allowed fans to leave comments on his show. This was something of a big deal, since WWE was 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. And indeed, it started a changing of tide, as most of WWE's videos are now comment-friendly.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Despite going back to being a jobber in 2012, Ryder got some comeupance from Kane and Eve Torres, the two people who in storyline wrecked his moment in the July 3, 2012 episode of ''[=SmackDown=]'', where he dumped punch on Eve and won a Battle Royal to be GM for next week--by eliminating Kane.
* 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 ''three gutwrench powerbombs'' to his injured ribs to put him down in a recent match against Jack Swagger, and 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 Wrestling/TripleH. {{Subverted|Trope}} 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 Triple H, 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. However, they've apparently reconciled later, 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=]''. [[{{Pun}} But she sure can take a punch]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FfEVnufDLY a-thank you!]]
* YankTheDogsChain
** Happened during the October 24, 2011 episode of ''Raw'' when Ryder was announced as Cena's tag team partner going up against [[Wrestling/TheMiz Awesome]] [[Wrestling/RonKillings Truth]] in the main event. Ryder'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 R-Truth and Miz promptly [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown jump and beat him down to take him out of the match]]. Broski got denied big time.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} on the November 7, 2011 episode of ''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."
** In ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder wins the Intercontinental Championship. On the ''Raw'' following ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder has an emotional speech about him becoming Intercontinental Champion, and the crowd is totally behind him. Then Wrestling/TheMiz shows up and goads him into a title match which Ryder loses. Then he loses again on a rematch in the following ''[=SmackDown=]''. Poor guy can't catch a break.
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''YOU KNOW IT!''