It was the culmination of a hard fought battle for Zack Ryder, as he started 2011 with little-to-no air time, to becoming the United States champion by defeating Dolph Ziggler at WWE TLC.
It was an emotional win for the man from Long Island, as family sat ringside for this match. Ryder may need to drop the Internet championship for now, as he continues his quest up the WWE ladder.
In my opinion, it was predictable that Ryder would win the belt, as a loss here would have buried "Long Island Iced Z." Considering that of all people, John Cena was backing the kid up and how over he is with the crowd, it's easy to say he will be getting screen time for the foreseeable future.
What does this mean for both Superstars involved with this match? Well...