Your new WWE Intercontinental Champion is…Zack Ryder! The Long Island Iced Z climbed the seven man ladder at Wrestlemania 32, and came out on top with the belt, and major gold! Congratulations, Zack!
Can we just start by saying what a badass Zack Ryder is? The 30-year-old wrestler beat out six massive contenders in a do or die match in WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, TX, on April 3. That’s one way to become legendary. Click through for all the details about his epic win!
Let’s talk about who Zack beat out to take home the championship. Zack defeated worthy opponents Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Sin Cara, The Miz, Stardust — and stole the belt from the reigning two-time champion Kevin Owens. Sorry, dude! Now, when we say “seven man ladder match,” that’s completely literal! Seven opponents competed to wrestle their way to the top of a 10 foot ladder and claim the championship belt at the top. It was like nothing you’ve ever seen before!
While the crowd was largely in favor of Sami and Kevin for most of the match, Zack’s master moves won them over once the audience realized he had this thing in the bag. At one point, Zack came within inches of grabbing the belt, but was foiled by Stardust, who dropped him to the mat! A minor setback, though. Zack saw his moment to score the victory when Miz made a foolish mistake. After pushing Sami off the top of the ladder, he was poised to win, but he wasted time showing off to the crowd.
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Zack swooped in, pushed Miz off the ladder and grabbed the belt in a matter of seconds. Go Zack! Clearly, he deserved this win for his quick thinking and ingenuity. Not only is he a great wrestler, but he knows the best ways to win creatively! What’s next? A match between Zack and Kevin at Extreme Rules on April 26. No time to rest!
HollywoodLifers, are you stoked that Zack won the belt? Tell us in the comments!