Sean “X-Pac” Waltman is back with a new blog on his official website. Here are some of his comments on CM Punk and Zack Ryder:
On CM Punk: “I always thought CM Punk was something special, but I’ll be the 1st to admit I didn’t realize just how special he has the potential to be. Like I said in my video, Punk has been running on all cylinders as of late. I’ll need a whole article devoted to him, just to tell you all the reasons I think he is currently the hottest commodity in WWE & the industry in general. If the people in charge give him the ball & let him loose on the mic, I truly believe he could be the next big thin in wrestling. His promos are in a league of their own right now & his work in the ring is as good as anyone in that company. I loved the tribute to Randy Savage with the pink trunks & yellow boots & knee pads.”
On Zack Ryder: “Another guy I want to share my thoughts on is Zack Ryder. I think it’s fair of me to say that Ryder isn’t the most athletically gifted guy on the roster. His physique is average, but his work is solid. The thing about Ryder, that stands out to me, is his ambition & the fact that he has taken the initiative to get his character over(with no help from creative, as far as I know) through his youtube series “Z-True Long Island Story”. I haven’t watched every episode, but I took the time to watch several of them. After watching some of his episodes, I came away feeling like I know the guy. He comes off as a guy who is a super mark for wrestling & will do whatever it takes to make it. He seems like he is a big fan of himself & yet still a mark for the bigger names in WWE, such as the segments with Cena making brief cameos & Zack marking out over it. I think there is a great opportunity for WWE to capitalize on this.
My only fear is that creative didn’t have anything to do with creating this character & may not ‘get it’. I really hope this doesn’t prevent them from giving this guy a real shot at getting over with the ‘mainstream’ fan. I’ve seen countless situations where Vince, the creative team, or whoever just doesn’t ‘get it’ & someone with tons of potential gets overlooked or even released. Take Colt Cabana for example. For the life of me I don’t understand why they let him get away. People working within the wrestling industry tend to live inside the ‘wrestling bubble’. Thus, much of the time, they do not have their finger on the pulse of the will of the people. The Zack Ryder character is obviously resonating with the people. Just because WWE creative may not ‘get it’, I hope they don’t let that get in the way of giving this guy a chance. One thing is for sure. The rest of the roster of new guys coming up, should pay attention to what Ryder is doing on his own to get over. Get off your asses, guys. If you had half the desire and ambition to take the ball & try to run with it, instead of waiting for someone to hand it to you. No matter what may come of Zack Ryder, the rest of the talent could learn a lot about how to get over in spite of not being given a push.”