Zack Ryder had a particularly interesting career in WWE. He got himself over with his wit and creativity and was essentially punished for it. One instance where things appeared to look up for him was WrestleMania 32.
Ryder won the Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match in the biggest moment of his career. It could have been a launching point for Ryder, but instead, he lost the title the next day. Now, Ryder has discussed the title win and thinking he would get a push out of it. Here is the quote from his interview with Chris Van Vliet, courtesy of Fightful:
“I did think after the IC title thing that now we’re cooking. I think people were taking me a little more seriously. At any job, when you start, people look at how you started then, so people were starting to look at me as this 20-year-old kid and at the time, I was a 30-year-old man. They were starting to finally realize, ‘Okay, this guy can still go. He’s still popular. After all these years we haven’t done anything with him, he’s still popular.’ If they put me in a situation where the fans can believe in me, they do. I even went to Kevin Dunn to get my music changed and updated, make it a rock version. I really thought this was gonna be it. It wasn’t,”
Ryder fell back down the card after this win soon teaming with Mojo Rawley.
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