Arn Anderson has discussed Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental Championship in the ladder match at WrestleMania 32 and how WWE failed to capitalise on it.
Ryder won the championship in the opening match of WrestleMania 32 in 2016. He defeated Kevin Owens, Stardust, The Miz, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Sin Cara to claim the belt.
“He kinda did it on his own. I don’t think he was the original guy that was supposed to win that match but he went out there and got himself over. He did the social media stuff like he was instructed. He reached for the brass ring, he looked like a million bucks, he was always there working his ass off. The guy was a good worker, that platform, to win a big match at WrestleMania, almost everybody in that locker room was pulling for him.”
Ryder’s run as champion did not last long, however. He was defeated the very next night on Raw for the title by The Miz. Miz’s wife Maryse interfered in the match allowing The Miz to claim his fifth Intercontinental Championship.
For Arn Anderson, Ryder should have been given a longer run as champion:
“Like we’ve talked about before, he should have at least had a month run, give the guy at least a month of good TVs, four good TVs – that’s a lot of good TV these days. He never got a chance – it looked like a fluke, it looked like it never should have happened and it put him right back in the position that he was in before he won.”
Ryder now competes under his real name of Matt Cardona. He is due to face EC3 in a match at an independently produced event called ‘Free The Narrative.’