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Zack Ryder reveals what WWE wanted to call him and Curt Hawkins when they teamed with Edge

Sam Roberts had Matt Cardona, former WWE star Zack Ryder, on his podcast today. Roberts talked about last night’s TakeOver: In Your House and Cardona shared some stories about his time in WWE.

Here are a couple of highlights from the interview.

Sam Roberts on NXT TakeOver In Your House: “I loved the old school setting. I thought the people in the audience did a good job of keeping up the energy the whole night. Every single match on the show was great. Every single match had stuff to talk about, had reasons for being. Every single match had a real finish. All these stories were concluded, at least this chapter anyway.”

Zack talking about the debut of the Edge heads tattoos: “What was supposed to happen, it was supposed to be a one night thing. They were supposed to have stencils, and they weren’t there. The makeup people had to draw them on with sharpies. That was on a Sunday. On Sunday and Monday, we are scrubbing these off. We got to SmackDown taping on Tuesday and they said you have to do it again. Luckily it was only a two night thing. One thing people don’t know is that we were supposed to be, when we first switched our names from Brett and Brian Major to our “real” names, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. There was a miscommunication. We almost became Ketus and Kobain with K’s. Johnny Ace said we need something like Slash or Axle to go with Edge. A couple hours before, he said we need real names, but not your real names, so we went with Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Not Sam Wrestling with a h/t to for the transcription.


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