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WWE now pushing that Zack Ryder is a cancer survivor

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Well, this is a strange turn of events.

After Zack Ryder won the Intercontinental championship at WrestleMania 32 and promptly lost it the next night on Raw, it appeared as though he was simply a transitional champion who was given a moment on the big stage but only because it would better serve a future story (in this case, the re-introduction of Maryse, who is joining the cast of Total Divas).

That he lost the rematch on SmackDown later in the week seemed to confirm those fears. When he didn't even appear on Raw this week while Cesaro was crowned the next top contender to the title, with a match already booked for Payback, that left little doubt.

Now, though, WWE has released the above video with Ryder revealing a teenage battle with cancer that helped him persevere and gave him all the motivation he would need to become the wrestler he is today. The timing of this is strange, for all the reasons already mentioned.

He says he's coming for the WWE world heavyweight championship, eventually. It seems unlikely WWE would ever put him in that position but crazier things have happened, right?

Perhaps this indicates, at the very least, there may still be plans for him on the main roster in the future after all? Could he be the next Money in the Bank contract holder? Would you even want that?