Last night the craziness of Wrestlemania weekend caught up to me and I fell asleep midway through RAW. In fact, the last thing I remember is The Miz coming out to challenge Zack Ryder for the Intercontinental Championship. Come to find out when I awoke, we once again have a new IC champion, thanks to the returningish (full time? just this once?) Maryse.
A lot of people are up in arms questioning the decision, wondering what the entire point of Ryder's win was if he was just going to drop the belt 24 hours later to The Miz.
Here's the thing, though: This (both Mania and RAW) was the best option all around.
Let's talk Wrestlemania first, and let's talk about the intelligence of the WWE powers-that-be. They knew that a lot of the Wrestlemania booking was not going to satisfy the vocal social media fanbase. Brock winning handily, Shane losing, Roman Reigning - All of those were not going to be popular choices.
So what did WWE do? They picked the one guy - In fact, he might be the ORIGINAL guy - that the IWC rallied behind, and they gave him an all-time Wrestlemania moment. In 15-20 years, when we think back to Zack Ryder, almost all of us will picture him atop the ladder, IC belt in hand, huge smile on his face.
That's all that matters. Once that moment occurred, there wasn't a whole lot of reason for Z-Ry to keep that belt.
Why, you ask? Who was Ryder going to face?
Seriously, who are the mid-level heels in WWE right now? Sheamus and the League of Nations? Baron Corbin, with his ATG trophy and one WWE victory? Bo Dallas? There is NO bigger Bo Dallas fan in the NAIborhood and even I know that's not going to happen.
Zack Ryder as your IC champion is a lovely notion, but a dead end street.
The Miz, on the other hand, has lots of options. He's someone for Sami Zayn to feud with. . . Or AJ Styles, once this silly "main event" business is over with. . . Or Apollo Crews. . . Or Dean Ambrose. . . Or Cesaro. . . Heck, even John Cena, who has never held that belt before, could be a viable option. . . None of those guys make a lot of sense feuding with Zack Ryder.
Embrace the Hate, friends. The Miz is the best choice to be IC champion right now. Bask in his awesomeness!