Zack Ryder finally achieved his goal of becoming the United States Champion by defeating Dolph Ziggler in the opening match of TLC.
The match was not the best we have seen from these two, but by no means a bad outing. They had a good back-and-forth going throughout the encounter.
At points it looked as if Ziggler would retain his title, but Ryder eventually overcame the showoff and put him down for the three-count.
The most impressive thing out of Ryder was his top rope hurricanrana towards the end of the match. This showed me he is willing to take risks to become better.
For Ryder, this is a big step, as he is now holding his first singles title in WWE. Hopefully he can have a decent reign to to solidify himself as a real star.
Ziggler, on the other hand, could actually benefit from the loss, as now he has the chance to focus solely on the WWE title, if that is how management decides to use him.
I would love to see Punk vs Ziggler for the title at the Royal Rumble. Even if he does not win, just having him in the title hunt will make things more interesting.