Tonight is Zack Ryder's big night on RAW! Maybe.......
Tonight, RAW is live from Long Island, home of Long Island Ice Z himself. Ryder, who has been a YouTube sensation with his weekly web series Z! True Long Island Story has been promoting this week as "Ryder or Riot," complete with his own Rocky style training montage in episode 17.
Here is my prediction for the future of Ryder's web series: I think he will be moving from YouTube to WWE.com. Why do I think this? A couple episodes ago, Ryder received an e-mail from the Anonymous Superstars General Manager (cause he's not on RAW, get it?) saying that Ryder's show will be moving to a different website.
If you look at the YouTube stats, Ryder's show is consistently getting huge numbers week after week. Even if this show started as a Zack Ryder pet project to entertain the fans because he never receives any TV time, I believe WWE has smartened up to his show and wants to capitalize on it. Bringing it to WWE.com would increase traffic to their site, which they are constantly trying to improve.
Having said that, I believe that move would also damage the show, as Ryder would be on a tighter WWE lease.
Time will tell what happens to Z! True Long Island Story, but my prediction is it will be a WWE.com exclusive by the end of August, if not sooner.