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WrestleMania 28: Ryder Releases Special Z!TLIS, Asks to Join Team Teddy

Derek McKinleyCorrespondent INovember 16, 2016

With the announcement of a six-on-six tag team match to determine the General Manager of Raw and SmackDown, the teams have already begun to take shape.

Last night on Raw, Team Johnny introduced obvious team captain David Otunga, as well as "The World's Strongest Man," Mark Henry.

Team Teddy likely consists of team captain Santino Marella as well as the new team of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.

There has been speculation about who will fill out the remaining spots, with names like Alberto Del Rio, Christian, Ezekiel Jackson, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, among others, being considered as likely candidates.

Today, however, the story takes an interesting turn.

Returning WWE superstar Zack Ryder, still without a match at the event, has released a special edition of his YouTube show Z! True Long Island Story to pitch himself as a member of Team Teddy.

"2012 has just begun, but it's already been the worst year of my life," Ryder says. "And I'm not one to usually point fingers, but Mr. Laurinaitis, I'm pointing one right at you."

He cites Laurinaitis' decision to make him compete, despite not being medically cleared to do so, which resulted in the loss of his United States championship, as one of the reasons why he wants a spot on the Smackdown team. He also points out Laurinaitis' blind eye to the repeated abuse Ryder suffered at the hands of Kane.

In addition to his dissatisfaction with the interim Raw general manager (and Executive Vice President of Talent Relations), Ryder also points out his tenure as Long's assistant from July to December last year, saying, "You can trust me, bro. And if you choose me to be on your team at WrestleMania, you're not just choosing the Long Island Iced Z. You're choosing each and every one of my Broskis."

With two episodes of Raw and three episodes of SmackDown left to fill out their respective teams, it will be interesting to see if RyderMania runs wild in Miami.

As one of WWE's most popular superstars of the last year, it would be a shame to leave Zack Ryder off the card at the year's biggest event.

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