The WWE Universe was in complete shock when a seven-man ladder match was announced for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania 32. However, what was more shocking was the inclusion of Zack Ryder into the match.
Ryder hasn’t wrestled at a WWE paper-view since the Royal Rumble match in 2015, and, alongside Mojo Rawley in their team the 'Hype-bros', has stagnated in NXT ever since.
Due to the unexpected injury to Neville, however, Ryder has seemly taken his position in the WrestleMania match.
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Now a lot of people are unhappy about this but it actually does make some sense from WWE creative.
Ryder has already had his WrestleMania moment back at WrestleMania XXVIII when he was involved in the battle of control match between John Laurinaitis’ team and that of Teddy Long’s; evidentially being cost the match by Eve Torres.
Therefore, placing him in the match where it’s most likely going to be won by Kevin Owens anyway to establish his credibility as a ladder specialist to the WWE audience, it means that younger talented superstars, like Tyler Breeze, don’t have their WrestleMania/big match credibility hindered by an obvious loss.
But, by placing him in a big match without little to any TV time build-up, WWE need to be smart with the booking of Ryder post-WrestleMania to give his position in this match validity.
Evidentially, the obvious thing to do with Zack Ryder is to continue what he has done for the past three-to-four years when he has been on WWE television, and that is to get squashed by just about everybody.
I mean giving Ryder a match on Raw every week post-WrestleMania may give warranty to his place on the card, but really it doesn’t help any development for him or WWE.
So leading into Extreme Rules, Zack Ryder should begin a feud with Social Outcast. The event is also being held in New Jersey which may help with promoting the Long Island Iced-Z.
The Social Outcast is the perfect group for Ryder to feud with as they’re all about social media like what Ryder’s character was when he had any momentum as the self-proclaimed ‘Internet Champion’.
In the lead-up, Ryder could pick up victories over a couple of the Outcast members and then fight in a one-on-one match with say Heath Slater on the Extreme Rules Pre-Show. WWE could have the guys engaged in a strong Twitter feud and this may lead to an opportunity for WWE fans to decide on what type of match the two should have at the PPV via Twitter.
Through weight of numbers you would expect the Social Outcast to win at Extreme Rules. In an attempt to level up the playing field what does Ryder do… he gets hyped!
Bringing Mojo Rawley to the main roster to help him feud with the Social Outcast could be entertaining TV with both teams using their comedic antics to captivate the WWE audience. Subsequently, a few tag matches could take place with the Hype Bro’s going over.
If WWE would do this it would give Zack Ryder a lot more credibility as an almost ten-year veteran of WWE’s main roster, give the Social Outcast a meaningful storyline and bring in Mojo Rawley to the main roster.
What do you think WWE creative should do with Zack Ryder post-WrestleMania? Let us know in the comments sections.