WWE Smackdown: Zack Ryder Wins Battle Royal, Becomes SmackDown GM for Next Week

William RenkenCorrespondent IIIJuly 4, 2012

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Zack Ryder found out at the Great American Bash SmackDown show that even the sun shines on a dog's ass sometimes as he won the headlining battle royal to win an opportunity to become the acting general manager of next week's SmackDown.

The victory could not have come at a better time for Ryder as he has effectively been in the WWE dungeon for most of this year. Heck, you could have argued Heath Slater was getting more a push with his legend squash matches on Raw.

In a battle royal that featured the likes of the current WWE main event stars such as John Cena, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Big Show and Kane, Ryder was the one who was able to survive the longest and eventually prevail by eliminating Kane for the victory.

It was complete poetic justice for Ryder to eliminate Kane in the final pairing because let's face it, Kane dominated Ryder throughout the first part of this year with their feud that even included a YouTube pre-match jobbing by Ryder before the Over The Limit pay-per-view.

Besides being humiliated and destroyed by Kane, Ryder seemed to job to anyone and everyone he was matched up with on Raw and even WWE Superstars. (You know things aren't going your way when you job to Jack Swagger these days.)

The ultimate insult came when Ryder was not even given an appearance at the June 18 Monday Night Raw show in Long Island, considering Ryder is from the area.

Many even speculated that it was the ultimate sign of Ryder on the path to leaving WWE, which sounds asinine to even think about based on the immense following Ryder has been able to manufacture completely on his own.

At the same time, though, it is completely plausible considering WWE Creative has honestly given him nothing worthwhile in recent months.

Many point to that being the root cause in Ryder's downward spiral; an almost "how dare he?" by Creative because he was able to create his own push on his own by being original with not only his character but how he marketed it.

Now, it seems everyone in WWE has a YouTube show now like Ryder with nearly all of them vastly underachieving compared to Z! True Long Island Story.

But as for next week, Ryder will get to run SmackDown for a week, which isn't exactly a title shot or a big push, but it's at least something thrown Ryder's way for him to do other than just nod and smile backstage or fist bump with Cena.

Hopefully, if nothing else, we'll get one hell of a nice revenge segment with Eve.

In terms of Ryder's future, does it mean he's off the jobber roster? The verdict remains out on that. But for at least one week, he doesn't have to worry about making mediocre talent look better than him.