WWE 2012 Superstar Collection - Zack Ryder
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In February 2011, "Z! True Long Island Story" debuted on YouTube. Little did future "Broski's" all over the world know, the real story was just beginning. Refusing to be ignored, the sunglass-clad, spike haired Superstar used the power of the internet and social media to catapult himself from relative no-name to online sensation. Fans began chanting "Woo Woo Woo" and other Superstars including John Cena began to echo their support for the man known as "Long Island Iced Z". Today, Zack competes with the upper-echelon of WWE every week and shows no signs of slowing his momentum. This compilation is the first ever DVD to focus on Zack Ryder, and it collects six of the greatest matches tracing his meteoric rise to fame, most of which have never been released on DVD!
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"ECW On Syfy" July '09
w/Hugh Jackman vs. Dolph Ziggler - In a nutshell, this was the match to start Ryder's chase for the U.S. Title & make a "media clip" moment with Hugh Jackman's involvement but past that, the match was around 4 minutes & too short for the match itself to be anything noteworthy.
"RAW" Sept. '11
[Best Of RAW & SmackDown '11]
w/John Cena vs. Awesome Truth - This took place during WWE's tour of England with the crowd being heavily biased towards Ryder & against his partner Cena. Cena & Ryder were in control during the first half with both having fun doing the Broski boot while there was one moment where Truth was sent over the top rope with his head bouncing off the mat on the floor before Miz & Truth took control by singling one member out at a time while using tactics such as distracting the referee & double teaming while Miz continued to keep taunting Cena whenever he was working over Ryder. This was a nice match with the only thing negative I can really say was the ending coming out of nowhere to the point where even the announcers were lost on what happened for a moment while the expression on Cena's face didn't help.
"RAW" Nov. '11
vs. John Cena - With both men wanting a title match (Ryder for the U.S. & Cena for the WWE Championship), the General Manager setup this match with the winner getting their title shot at the next PPV. This match wasn't very long but a great offensive showcase for Ryder in the short time they had as he was dominate for a majority of this match by grounding Cena early in the match with a side headlock before executing other offensive maneuvers such as the tornado DDT & even landing the Broski boot before he was eventually caught by Cena. This was a stereotypical Cena performance but a good showcase for Ryder.
"RAW" Dec. '11
w/Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler & Wade Barrett - This tag match came together as both of these men had matches against each other coming up at the T.L.C. PPV that Sunday. This was just your average tag match that told the story of Barrett continuing to play mind games with Orton as he avoided him throughout the match but only came in when he knew Orton was at a disadvantage while both Barrett & Dolph continued to trying to keep an advantage with double teaming & working behind the referee's back.
"SmackDown" Dec. '11
vs. United States Champion Dolph Ziggler - After weeks of campaigning (including a Twitter petition) & John Cena giving up his spot on the PPV, Ryder got another opportunity at the U.S. title with the crowd heavily behind him right from the start. The action went back & forth early with Dolph eventually gaining the advantage with a DDT on the apron followed by repeatedly dropping elbows while showing off to the crowd doing such things as push ups in the middle of the match. Ryder was able to make a comeback with moves like a missile dropkick as both men were making close near falls before Vickie tried to get involved to save Dolph only for that to end up backfiring on her. This was a real good opening match that had the right result & a nice feel good moment afterwords with the champion celebrating with his father in the crowd.
This set is being put out on him to capitalize on the popularity he's gained for close to the past year thanks to his internet show but enough big moments in his career (his six man tag with World Champions Daniel Bryan & C.M. Punk the night after T.L.C. or him retiring Tommy Dreamer from WWE) weren't picked here in favor of unimportant forgetful filler matches to really justify a release so this is a good set for hardcore Ryder fans but past that, I would skip this.
Zack Ryder vs. Christian
ECW - July 28, 2009
Zack Ryder w/ Hugh Jackman vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
Raw - September 19, 2011
Zack Ryder & John Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth
Raw - November 7, 2011
Special Social Experiment
Zack Ryder vs. John Cena
Raw - December 5, 2011
Zack Ryder & Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler & Wade Barrett
Smackdown - December 16, 2011
United States Championship Match
Zack Ryder vs. Dolph Ziggler
TLC - December 18, 2011
As far as the DVD goes...
The match selection is great, given the small push that he has been given. The first and last matches are gold! Runtime is about an hour and a half. For $10 it's a good value. It has matches from late 2009 to 2011.
The only con is the production value. It's just matches, no special features (I did want to knock a star for this). It's Zack Ryder's laid-back-pop-culture style that makes him the fan favorite that he is, and only a brief video introduction before the first match shows this (he's like the type of guy that would help you move).
I also don't like that they left out his tag team with Hawkins as Edge's lackeys or the drama with Eve.
Thank you for reading my review.