On last night's (May 3, 2013) airing of Friday Night SmackDown, Zack Ryder jobbed out to Fandango. That's neither new nor interesting, but what stood out during the match was the commentary from Josh Matthews, in which he said Ryder was growing out his hair so as to move further away from "The Broski" character he had spent so much time cultivating on his YouTube show over the past couple years.
It's what made him popular and got him a brief push to the United States championship, but it's also what ultimately got him buried by the company.
Well, in an interview exclusive to the WWE App before his match with Fandango, Ryder explained what Matthews would later talk about during the SyFy broadcast:
"What's the deal, bro? You see, to be successful in life, and especially in this business, you need to realize when it's time to evolve. You need to realize that it's time to change with the times. And you need to realize what's working and what's not. 'The Broski' Zack Ryder, the 'siiiiick' Zack Ryder, just wasn't working anymore. So it's time for Zack Ryder to get serious ... bro."
There's no way to tell exactly what this means, seeing as Ryder doesn't get a whole lot of television time and when he does, it isn't for much more than jobbing out to a bigger star.
Even if that "bigger star" is only Fandango.
Ryder is also still using a lot of the signature moves he did while using the "Broski" gimmick, such as the "woo, woo, woo" catchphrase and the Broski Boot. I guess now he's just more serious about it ... or something like that.
Anyone think a more serious version of Ryder will find more success within WWE? Or is he doomed to mid-card purgatory or even worse, jobber status?