WWE Rankings: Zack Ryder and the Top 5 WWE Injustices of 2012

Luis Campos@luchalibrelife Analyst IJanuary 9, 2013

WWE Rankings: Zack Ryder and the Top 5 WWE Injustices of 2012

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    After making their debut with a bang at Survivor Series last month, the team of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, now known as the Shield, swore to correct the injustices in the WWE—to "shield" people from them. 

    Sure, their actions have proven to be contrary what their mission statement is, but the idea that there are "injustices" in the WWE seems to be an accurate one. 

    The world of professional wrestling is a tough place to break through. Pushes, politics and popularity all determine whether a superstar is made or broken, but that doesn't mean that from time to time those on their way to the top are brought down. 

Brodus Clay's Funky Debut

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    During his time on NXT, Brodus Clay was a monster who was to be feared. He spoke very little and was able to intimidate those around him through his menacing stares and growls. 

    His return to the WWE was less than stellar.

    Rather than presenting the "Mastodon of Mayhem" fans were expecting, Brodus Clay re-debuted in the WWE as a dancing "Funkasaurus."  

    Reports state that Clay had come up with the unstoppable monster heel role that was later given to Mark Henry while he was stuck with a silly gimmick (via Cage Side Seats source Wrestling Observer). 

    Injustice? You make the call. 

Daniel Bryan's 18-Second Loss to Sheamus at WrestleMania 28

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    Despite repeated efforts from the WWE to have him buried, Daniel Bryan continues to be over with fans. 

    No attempt at keeping Bryan at bay was stronger than his 18-second match with Sheamus at WrestleMania. 

    The two men could have put together a program where Bryan could have lost the title gracefully, but instead fans were given a quick squash match—it would seem Bryan's momentum was lost. 

    Thankfully fans were smarter than the WWE predicted as "YES" chants erupted throughout the night. 

    Justice prevailed that night. 

Tyson Kidd Not Part of Raw or SmackDown

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    Tyson Kidd is one of the most talented athletes on the WWE roster, but despite his wrestling prowess and Hart Family pedigree, the last graduate of Stu Hart's Dungeon has yet to find a spot on WWE television. Injustice? 

Zack Ryder's YouTube Show Gets Overhauled by the WWE

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    In 2011 Zack Ryder broke from the midcard pack by putting his name out to the masses via his YouTube show Z! True Long Island Story. The YouTube show allowed fans to get to know Ryder and eventually resulted in Ryder getting winning the United States Championship. 

    Unfortunately for the self-proclaimed "Internet Champion," WWE officials were less than satisfied with Ryder's self-promotion and eventually overhauled Ryder's show.

    Throughout 2012, Ryder saw himself continually losing creative control of his show—one of Ryder's episodes would be removed completely.  

    With Ryder's 100th episode coming up one has to wonder who much control Ryder still has of his show.

John Cena Wins the Raw Money in the Bank Match

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    John Cena is the face of the WWE—there is no doubt about this—but did the leader of the Cenation deserved to become 2012 Mr. Money in the Bank? 

    Traditionally the Money in the Bank contract has been used as a vehicle to promote rising or struggling superstars, begging the questions, why was Cena given the briefcase?