Perennial dark horse Zack Ryder finally achieved his dream when he captured the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania. Yet, just as suddenly as dreams can be realized, they can be stolen away, as everybody’s favorite Broski found out the hard way.
Showered by the WWE Universe’s chants of “You deserve it,” Ryder entered the ring to reflect on his long, hard journey to the Intercontinental Title and thank his father, who was sitting in the front row, for taking him to WWE events at Madison Square Garden as a child and encouraging him to follow his dream. Always eager to spoil a heartwarming moment, The Hollywood A-Lister interrupted Ryder, mocked his passionate speech and issued a challenge to an impromptu title match, which Ryder immediately accepted.
After back-and-forth action, Ryder launched himself off the top rope with a targeted elbow drop, nearly collapsing The Miz’s chest in the process. Yet, when the match spilled to the floor, The Miz pushed Ryder back-first into the ring apron and then turned his attention to Ryder’s dad, defiantly poking him in the chest until Mr. Ryder shoved Miz to the ground. Just then, Maryse — the two-time Divas Champion and Miz’s wife — emerged from the audience and confronted Ryder’s father, eventually slapping him in the face.
As Long Island Iced-Z watched the goings-on between his father and Maryse, The Miz took advantage, surprising Ryder with the Skull-Crushing Finale and pinning him to become a five-time Intercontinental Champion.