Part 2 of the interview with Zack Ryder has been uploaded to this week’s episode of “Keepin It 100 with Konnan.” Ryder continued the conversation on his action figure collection and his time in WWE.
Here are some highlights:
Zack Ryder explaining his hobby of wrestling action figures: “I started watching in 1985 as a baby. I remember in kindergarten and first grade. Everybody liked WWF, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man. Then for years nobody liked it. That’s probably a reason why, when I really think about it, I got into the figures because they were almost like my friends. I was continuing to talk about wrestling when there was no one that liked it. It was just me and my brothers playing with these figures and booking these matches which is why I not only got into wrestling, but wrestling figures. Then with the Attitude Era, there is no denying it was the hottest time in wrestling. Everybody liked it again. Then a few years later, nobody liked it again.”
Ryder on the writing of WWE programming: “I was always the guy who would get a script. I never had the leverage to be able to change what I want to say. Of course, you can change some of the wording. Sometimes, I would say I would never say this. But for the most part, there is a script, there is a writer and that’s it. Could you go to Vince and get it changed? Yes, you can. It’s not that easy. There is usually a line of people trying to get in and get things changed or get things approved. It’s crazy back there. It’s not relaxed. The show is sometimes changing while the show is going on.”