Zack Ryder’s WWE journey has been one-of-a-kind. From supporting a Hall of Famer, to pioneering the concept of getting yourself over online (and possibly getting punished for it, leading) to years of not being able to get on televison outside of Superstars... in 2016 he was settling in nicely with a run as a mid-card title contender, which looked to be capped with a shot at SmackDown’s tag team championship.
Unfortunately, in the very match where he secured #1 contender status for himself and Hype Bros partner Mojo Rawley, Ryder injured his knee. He underwent surgery yesterday (Dec. 15) and the timeframe for a return hasn’t been shared with us yet.
Rawley, a non-stop energy machine in the ring and out, got to work last night helping Zack stay hyped. The result is the following insightful Instagram post, where Mojo gives a peek behind the WWE curtain at not only how Creative puts tag teams together and the inner-workings of their odd couple partnership, but also what kind of a guy the Long Island Iced Z is, and why he knows that no matter how disappointing the injury and its timing, his brother will be back:
About 18 months ago, the idea of the #HYPEBros was presented to @zryder85 and I. Truthfully, neither of us liked the idea to begin with. But we gave it a shot. I looked at it as an opportunity to learn from a 10 year WWE veteran and Zack looked at it as a way to have a fresh breath in his career. After meeting Zack, I could not believe that there was a person in this world that was so unlike me. We both knew that we were going to have our hands full trying to make this team work, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Even though daily we discover new ways that make us different, I have come to look at Zack as not only a friend, but as my family. Today, Zack had knee surgery to repair an injury he sustained while winning us the #1 Contendership for the Tag Team titles in my hometown. He gave his knee for his dream, and for the Hype Bros. He gave his knee for a team that he was unsure of in the beginning, and gave his knee for my family sitting there in their hometown arena watching and hoping to see their boys win a title shot. Most importantly, he gave his knee for the entertainment of all the fans who love the WWE and rely on it for strength in their own lives; whether they are Zack Ryder or Hype Bros fans or not. All the respect and gratitude in the world to him. I don't know when he will back, but I can assure you that this is just a small bump in the road. The guy has made a career off of perpetually being the underdog and overcoming tremendous odds. I don't know many people who could have lasted through the years and some of the situations he incurred, but I can tell you it has all made him better in the end. There is no derailing the Hype Train. Ever. Prayers up for Broski. #FAMILY
That’s pretty great.
I’m gonna focus on Emma giving them a look from the background of that picture so I don’t get too weepy, though.