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Was Ryback given the IC title because winner had been leaked?

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When Daniel Bryan relinquished the Intercontinental Championship due to injury a few weeks ago, it was heavily rumoured that Sheamus would be the man to pick up the title at Elimination Chamber. 

Of the six men that entered Satan's Structure, it was Sheamus and King Barrett that many people believed to be the favourites heading into the match, even though WWE had seemingly leaked that Sheamus was about to be the winner days before. 

It has now been revealed that Ryback was in fact a late decision after it was noticed that he was the only superstar in the match that hadn't held a title during his time in WWE.

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Ryback has been in the WWE for a number of years and even played a big role in the Nexus uprising as Skip Sheffield, but his career has been plagued with injuries and he has lacked a big push towards a title over the last few years. 

This weighed up against Sheamus's latest heel turn and what seems to be a big push lately, it would make sense that WWE would give the former World Champion the title, given that it is the only championship that The Celtic Warrior hasn't won in his time in WWE. 

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King Barrett was thought to be the final favourite and he himself seems to have lacked direction after his King of the Ring win a few weeks ago. His feud with fellow Englishman Neville fizzled out and instead Barrett has bounced around WWE for a few weeks.

It seems the company have missed the chance to make the King of the Ring contest as prestigious as it used to be. 

It is also thought that because Daniel Bryan was in attendance to hand the Championship over to his successor that WWE didn't want him to hand the title over to a heel character because something may have kicked off, or the Universe would have expected something to kick off and Bryan wasn't cleared for any in-ring competition.

Also Sheamus being announced in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and the time off he needs could also have affected WWE's late decision. 

It just goes to show that WWE are still capable of changing things last minute even though there were plans already in place. The fact that there is only two weeks of build up before every event now gives fans a lot less time to prepare and adds a lot more possibilities to different storylines. 

It is expected that Ryback will now face both The Big Show and Miz in a Triple Threat match for the Intercontinental Championship at next week's Money in the Bank event.

This will then either put him over as a babyface midcard champion or it will allow The Miz or Big Show to step into a rivalry with The Big Guy, either way the Intercontinental Championship seems to be one of the most sought after and hard fought championships in the company at the moment.

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