Zack Ryder shares the personal story behind his WrestleMania gear
Three years after capturing the Intercontinental Championship on The Grandest Stage of Them All, Zack Ryder lived out another WrestleMania moment on Sunday by winning the Raw Tag Team Championship alongside his longtime Broski Curt Hawkins, helping to end his friend’s losing streak in the process. But the sentimentality surrounding the victory didn’t stop there.
On Instagram, Ryder revealed that his ring attire at WrestleMania was inspired by many things, including his hero-turned-friend, WWE Legend Christian. The newly crowned Raw Tag Team Champion admitted that Captain Charisma’s famous white-and-gold gear sported at WrestleMania XX was the muse for his own attire’s “colors & designs.” As for the logos, Ryder noted that each represented “different eras” from his WWE career.
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My #WrestleMania gear tells a story. The colors & design are from @christian4peeps’ WrestleMania XX gear. Christian was one of my favorite wrestlers and now I consider him a friend. The logos represent different eras of my @wwe career. Big thanks to @ttdwrestling for collaborating with me to design this beautiful gear. Thank you to @gwrestlewear for bringing my vision to life. Thank you to @clademan for the incredible entrance piece. Now if only @mattel would make an Elite action figure... #StillHere
In response to playing a part in Ryder’s ring gear, Christian acknowledged Ryder’s momentous WrestleMania win, tweeting, “I’m proud of you kid.”
I’m proud of you kid https://t.co/cOJDUyJBc6— Jay 'Christian' Reso (@Christian4Peeps) April 9, 2019