Zack Ryder had an incredible WrestleMania moment at WrestleMania 32. Against all the odds, he won the Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match to open up the show against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, The Miz, and Sin Cara.
The following night on Raw, he lost the title to The Miz, and then he lost the rematch later on in the week on SmackDown. Now, recent speculation has suggested The Woo Woo Woo Kid is headed back to his pre-WrestleMania role in NXT's Hype Bros tag team with Mojo Rawley.
His test now could be to prove that he is good enough to be in title feuds on the main roster once more. However, this isn't the biggest challenge Ryder has faced in his life.
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Ryder recently revealed in an interview with Michael Cole on WWE.com that he was diagnosed with cancer during his time in high school, and he had to miss a year because of it.
He said: "Not many people know this, and I just never wanted it to be my story and the reason I'm here, but when I was in high school I had cancer. I had a tumor in my foot - spread to both my lungs. Surgeries, chemotherapy, all that. It sucked, it did."
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He also revealed that one of the reasons why he knew he had to beat it was so that he could become a WWE superstar.
He said: "But the thing that kept me going and that I [knew I] had to beat it was to get here. Because, like I said, it's my destiny. I don't know why - I wasn't born into this business - but for some reason, my whole life has been to get here."
He continued: "It didn't take me 10 years on the indies to get here, but it took me 10 years in WWE to make it to WrestleMania. So when I got that shot, I made the most of it."
Ryder has been part of the WWE since 2005, and made his first appearance on the main roster in 2007. During his time with the company, he has won the United States Championship, the Tag Team titles, and most recently, the Intercontinental Championship.
The 30-year-old's rise in popularity with the WWE Universe came through his web series on YouTube called 'Z! True Long Island Story'. At the time, he wasn't on WWE television, but the web series pushed the fans to chant for him.
Overall, it's strange to see the WWE pull back on a push for Ryder so early. His popularity with the fans, his story, and in-ring shows he could be a really good superstar if he is given a push. He even has the potential to be one of the company's top babyfaces.
The WWE is currently missing out on a great opportunity if the rumors are true of him going back to NXT. Hopefully, this interview with Cole is a sign they haven't stopped giving him a push just yet.
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