Zack Ryder’s lengthy career with WWE may have been cut short real quick if it wasn't for the Edgeheads gimmick he and Curt Hawkins portrayed.
After the two weren’t able to find much success as the Major Brothers, Ryder and Hawkins were re-packaged as the Edgeheads, who served as lackeys for Edge. That change alone probably saved Ryder’s career in WWE, or at least that’s what he believed when he recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet.
Ryder spoke on the formation of the Edgeheads, saying it was an idea they thought of and first showed it to WWE writers. While they loved the idea, they still needed to convince Edge it was a formula for success.
“If we weren’t part of the Edgeheads, we would have been gone in 2007, no doubt about it. We were both in SmackDown and OVW at the same time. We were doing nothing as the major brothers on SmackDown and then the writers came down to OVW one week and I think it was Hawkins went to Michael Hayes and said, ‘What are we doing? What should we do?’ Hayes says to do something different and we had this idea. Edge was coming back and we were huge fans of Entourage so we wanted to be his Turtles, his minions. So we came out to Edge’s music, dressed like him, cut some promos where we answered the phones, got some coffee for Edge. The writers loved it and all that’s left is for Edge to love it,” Ryder said.
Ryder added that it was Hawkins who got a hold of Edge’s email, sent him the idea for the Edgeheads and to their surprise, the WWE Hall of Famer liked it and brought them on board.
“Hawkins got Edge’s email and he sent him our ideas and Edge went with it. He didn’t need to bring us up, us two jabronis. But he was smart enough to realize, I can teach these kids, they can take my bumps, it’s heat. He could have said no but he didn’t and I’m forever grateful for that because we would have been gone in 2007, early 2008,” Ryder said.
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