When Zack Ryder won the Intercontinental championship in a 7-man ladder match at WrestleMania 32 this past Sun., April 3, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, it was a shock to everyone who wasn't sitting in on the meeting when the decision was made to go through with it. He got his WrestleMania moment, and even got to involve his father in a WWE storyline.
It was equally unsurprising when, the very next evening on Monday Night Raw just down the road in Dallas, he lost that title to The Miz thanks to interference from his wife, a returning Maryse. Even more unsurprising was the fact that Ryder was given an immediate rematch on SmackDown this week, and he failed to regain the title.
All of this comes at a time when, conveniently enough, the news broke that Maryse will be joining the cast of Total Divas for its sixth season, which is filming now while the fifth season is currently airing -- and bleeding viewers -- on the E! channel.
The assumption, then, is Ryder won the title at WrestleMania in a multi-man match that protected Kevin Owens, the champion going in, from taking a pinfall/submission defeat while setting up Miz as a credible challenger for the express purpose of reintroducing Maryse and giving her a compelling storyline for Total Divas.
Ryder can't win for losing, can he?