Zack Ryder is going to be a free agent very soon, as he has been released from his WWE contract after 15 years with the company. During that time, he won the United States Championship once, WWE Tag Team Titles twice with Curt Hawkins, and biggest of all, the Intercontinental Championship once. This final victory came at Wrestlemania 32, when he would win a ladder match which also included the then Champion Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, and Stardust (aka Cody Rhodes). The victory was sweet, but he would lose the title to The Miz in the next night on RAW. However, we now know how Ryder got this shot in the first place, when he wasn’t even originally in the match.
Zack Ryder Never Heard His Music At Wrestlemania
Speaking with SEScoops, Ryder would talk about the biggest win in his career. “Someone got injured. It was Neville (PAC), that got injured, and I went right up to Road Dogg, who was head of creative. I don’t remember exactly what I said. I think it was an out-of-body experience. I just rattled off why I think I deserve to be in that match. I think he could just feel that passion just coming out of my body. I guess one of the things I said was, ‘I never heard my music play at Mania, and later he said that was the comment that stuck with him and got him to vouch for me to get me in there.”
He would win the match in one of the most shocking moments in Wrestlemania history, his father would come into the ring and celebrate with Ryder, and he was able to recreate a childhood picture with roles reversed, posing with Scott Hall and the title backstage.
Walking down the ramp in that packed stadium with his theme music blasting, and winning to a giant ovation from the crowd is a memory Zack will hold onto for his entire life, and was a genuine Wrestlemania moment. The reign was short lived and he never truly got his chance to show what he could do, but considering he wasn’t even in the match to begin with? Not too shabby. Do you remember Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental Championship? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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