Zack Ryder has been getting a pretty good push as of late. Not only has he managed to get on RAW, but he's even getting air time on Smackdown as well, and is the assistant to Teddy Long. More recently, he's managed to score not one, but two pins on the United States Champion.
I think it's safe to say that Zack's on a roll.
Coming off a huge win for his team on Monday, he won a match against JTG. Not too long ago, Zack would have been in JTGs' position. Things haven't looked this good for Ryder since his time going one-on-one with Christian for the ECW Championship.
With all that going on, I'm going to do something I've never done before—I'm gonna call a title change. Zack Ryder will be your next United States Champion. Now, I wouldn't do this if I didn't feel strongly about it. While some may disagree, I think it's in the cards for the Internet Champion to become United States Champion, and I'm about to show you how I know it, bro.
There's one solid fact about Zack Ryder, and that is, he's over. Many were the times when Zack wasn't even supposed to show up, and we would hear the audience chanting, "We Want Ryder." Now, normally WWE would just ignore it, but it seems that WWE is giving the Universe what it wants.
Ryder has managed to do this without even being on WWE programming. No, instead he's been able to do this with his own webshow and has done a very good job of it. Not only are WWE selling his headbands, but they're selling his t-shirt—and even sunglasses.
John Cena was once asked why Zack Ryder wasn't on TV. His response was "Because, apparently the writers don't know it. Woo Woo Woo, bro." Well, I think they do now.
Does WWE really care about what the Internet thinks? Make no mistake about it, the only person in that locker room who probably really thinks about what people in the IWC say is CM Punk. (Coincidence, that most people want him in the main-event.) However, for the most part, WWE is aimed at newer, younger fans. Some would even say casual fans.
Guess who Zack Ryder appeals to? The answer is both, actually, but the only one that matters are the fans in attendance, which are usually the casual fans, because more than likely, we'd never hear a "Let's Go Cena" chant if that wasn't the case.
Zack is that rare superstar that both Internet smarks and casual show-goers can really enjoy and get behind. The average person loves his catchphrases and gimmicks, and the Internet fan loves his Youtube show, his mic skills, and the fact he doesn't suck in the ring.
Who loses with Ryder as U.S. Champion?
Being the United States Champion basically means Dolph Ziggler has to drop that title to another mid-carder—especially on the way to bigger and better things. So, why not his friend Zack Ryder? It makes a lot of sense, in my opinion.
Dolph is about to be involved with a sort of power struggle, it seems, with Johnny Ace and several other stars. Christian is on Smackdown and Cody may not be quite ready. So, this new group has two guys who could serve as the "Go-To Guy" for a main-event one-on-one match on RAW—Dolph or Jack Swagger.
Jack wouldn't be a bad choice, in my opinion, but Dolph could be just as good, if not a better pick. WWE also may look to putting these two in a tag-team, which wouldn't be bad, but even then, I've never been a fan of a guy holding multiple belts.
So, if we're going to turn Dolph into a main-eventer, we gotta get RAW's mid-card belt off of him, because it guarantees he'll lose to someone he shouldn't. It would be the same as CM Punk losing to Drew McIntyre. While it's possible, in terms of who's higher up on the food chain, it shouldn't happen. (Unless Drew's getting a main event push...which wouldn't be such a bad thing.)
For all the good things Dolph is, from being a good wrestler to mic worker, he doesn't offer much to the casual fan, other than someone to boo, which is kind of a good thing considering he's a heel. That said, it also makes him pretty one dimensional.
Zack, on the other hand, has a few sides to him. He can be the jovial host/assistant we see on Smackdown and ZTLIS, he can get serious in the ring, and, at times, he can be a sympathetic character. Versatility is a good thing when you're a superstar, and I don't think Dolph has that.
Put simply, Dolph is the guy you're going to boo. Zack is the guy who can make you cheer, laugh, and—maybe once in awhile—go "Aww, man...." Zack just does things nobody else does.
Ziggler hasn't been a bad United States Champion so far. In fact, I like him as Champion, but the fact is, I think it's about time he drops the belt. I mean, he's beaten just about every mid-card face on RAW, with the exception of Ryder. He's beat A-Ry, JoMo, Bourne and Kingston. The only person he hasn't beaten is Mason Ryan, and he's not ready to hold a belt right now.
That leaves only one choice left. The Woo Woo Woo Kid has been the only person Dolph hasn't beaten, and with the way things are going, now may be the perfect time to drop that belt and give it to not just the person that makes the most sense, but someone who's worked hard and deserves it. For becoming, perhaps the most over mid-carder right now, I think WWE should acknowledge his accomplishment.
Add to that, it opens the doors for guys like Drew McIntyre to get into the title hunt, or maybe Curt Hawkins, if he's not going to be teaming up with Tyler Reks, (who could also get in the title picture). I could even see Primo or JTG in a match for the U.S. Strap. Point is, you've got no other choice. Why not make Ryder Champion and give the people what they want? Maybe we can even get Scott Stanford on RAW?
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you guys and gals think. Take care, Spike your hair.