An interesting thing happened in front of 15,000 fans fans last night. And I'm not referring to the return of "The Great One."
As usual with post show "dark matches," the whole purpose was to send the crowd home happy. Usually, the talents involved just horse around and hit the finish after a while.
Boston, however, decided that they wanted more. They began chanting for "We Want Ryder!" CM Punk, being Punk, decided to go into the back (managing to crotch himself on the top rope on the way) and acquiesced to fans request.
The Long Island Iced Z came to the ring and subsequently wrestled a majority of the match. In the finish, all the faces hit their finishers. Zack got the pin after hitting the Rough Ryder on The Miz.
After the match, Zack got the mic and talked about "starting a web-show that would either get him noticed or fired." He went on to note that it worked because he was in the ring with CM Punk, John Cena and Randy Orton.
He then thanked the fans. His music hit and everyone went home happy.
Take from this what you want. It's not unusual for the WWE to use house shows and dark matches to use current story lines and test some future feuds for crowd reaction.
If such reasoning holds, Ryder might be in for bigger things in the future.