WWE Raw: Zack Ryder Needs to Show a Serious Side Soon

Justin WatrySenior WriterNovember 27, 2011

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Yes, he does.

In my opinion, Zack Ryder is a very talented performer. The sky is the limit for his WWE career, and the best is yet to come.

Sadly, he needs to eventually drop his entire "broski" gimmick. Yes, it all needs to go away. It got him recognized, but it is not a long-term solution.

I have said this many times, but he is a "Santino" right now. Remember how much everyone loved him last year, or even the year before?

Yeah, it is now played out. Santino Marella barely gets any shine, and he certainly is not a serious competitor in the eyes of the WWE Universe. Zack Ryder better be careful in his actions because he is walking a fine line right now.

The first thing that needs to go is his YouTube show. Again, it got him noticed (how many people liked this guy in 2008/2009?), but there is no more need for it. It is not accomplishing anything; continuing it will do more harm than good.

The second thing Mr. Ryder needs to do is dye his hair back. How many people liked Dolph Ziggler's hair change a few months ago? You all remember that, right?

It looked so bad. I think it lasted a few weeks. That was my same reaction to Ryder's change. It made him look like even more of a cartoon character than before. Again, it was nothing a serious performer would do.

If he is going for the comedy look, then he is succeeding.

However, I have a feeling he wants to be treated like a legitimate threat, not a joke. Add on the rumored heat with WWE on his hair change, and you have a problem that needs to be fixed now, before it gets worse. Look at my favorite wrestler, John Morrison, for a reference point...

Finally, his character just needs to be a wrestler. He needs to act like a WWE Superstar on Raw. Keep him away from Smackdown "assisting" Teddy Long. That was a terrible idea to begin with, so I hope it is over with.

When he was announced as teaming with John Cena, there was no reason for him to be jumping up and down like a kid in a candy store. I certainly am not going to buy into him as a serious wrestler. The "comedy" aspect of Zack Ryder needs to be slowly taken away.

He can still be funny and entertaining; he just needs to translate his character into winning matches and earning championships. Not being on Youtube, fist pumping or spiking your hair.

Let me repeat: I like Ryder. He is a great talent and has tons of potential. However, his current character is just not going to make it in the long haul. It's just not.

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