When the seven-man lineup for the Intercontinental Championship match at WrestleMania 32 was originally announced a few weeks back, most people had Zack Ryder's chances of grabbing the title at somewhere between slim and none.
The veteran superstar proved his doubters wrong at the AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, however, as he outlasted his opponents to lift the Intercontinental title.
Ryder's win was undoubtedly one of the shocks of the night at 'Mania and it went down pretty well with the WWE Universe. That included one Hall of Famer, as proven by a backstage video released by the WWE today.
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The interaction between Ryder and Scott Hall - a four-time Intercontinental Champion himself - is great to see and, as you can hear in the video, it clearly meant a lot to Ryder to be able to share the moment with one of his idols as well as the 100,000-plus fans in the stands.
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"I was at WrestleMania 10 when Razor Ramon beat Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental title," says Ryder.
"I have a picture...where I'm holding his Intercontinental title and I've got to go find him backstage and I want him to hold my Intercontinental title."
Although Ryder's win at WrestleMania came as a surprise to the majority of people watching on, it was also a feel good moment with which to begin the main show.
Making his mark
The 30-year-old New York native has been reduced to little more than a jobber role in recent times - dropping down to NXT and wrestling in matches on 'Superstars' and 'Main Event' over the past year.
He has always had the talent to make it on the main roster but has often been overlooked. Just a few weeks ago it looked like that was how his WWE career was destined to be remembered.
Now, though, Ryder has gone from keeping his fingers crossed for a match on RAW to walking away from the biggest show on the WWE calendar with a title on his shoulder. Plus, he has the recognition and respect of a Hall of Famer to boot.
While Ryder enjoys the congratulations of his peers over the next few days, questions will inevitably grow concerning what will happen next in the IC title picture.
The likes of Dolph Ziggler and Sami Zayn, not to mention dethroned former champ Kevin Owens, will already have their sights set on defeating Ryder in the near future.
It will be interesting to see whether the WWE are willing to give the veteran A real push this time around, or if his WrestleMania glory was a one-off.
WWE fans: Should Ryder be given a push, or was making him IC champion a mistake? Have your say in the comments below...
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