Originally, the plan by WWE was to have Miz team up with Stardust to take on Stephen Amell and Adrian Neville. However, management had to change up those plans when Ryback was injured and the feud including Big Show was stalled. A replacement was needed, so they decided on Wade Barrett, who really did not have an important program to work, despite being King of the Ring.
August 12, 2015
It looks like Ryback is actually going to make a return to WWE much sooner than we initially thought. Rumor has it that he is currently in Washington and could be making an appearance on Monday Night Raw. The belief is that he is coming back early because he does not want to lose his spot on the card, which is something that wrestlers frequently do.
August 10, 2015
There are those that believe that Ryback might not be healing as quick as expected, so there might be a chance that WWE strips him of the Intercontinental Championship. That would explain why Miz has been doing an angle where he is claiming to be speaking to his lawyers about making the title vacant. The Big Guy could always win the title back when he makes his return.
August 1, 2015
Scratch one title match off of the Battleground card. Ryback has revealed that he will not be defending the Intercontinental Championship at the pay per view because he has been hospitalized. He discovered a staff infection on his knee on Tuesday morning and will be kept under supervision for several days. A replacement match has not been announced by WWE yet.
July 15, 2015
During the third match of Money in the Bank, Big Show managed to get the victory over Ryback, but it was via disqualification because Miz interfered, so the Intercontinental Championship remains in tact. WWE is more than likely setting up a triple threat match next month between these guys.
June 14, 2015
Going into the Elimination Chamber, Sheamus was initially penciled in as the person that was scheduled to walk out of the enormous steel cage structure with the Intercontinental Championship in his hand. However, as a sign that WWE still continues to change up plans on a frequent basis, management opted to put the belt on Ryback for whatever reasons. A lot of people backstage have been impressed with the Big Guy as of late.
June 4, 2015
A big change might be needed for the Intercontinental Championship match at Elimination Chamber, as news has now leaked that Rusev was injured during the Smackdown taping on Tuesday. He worked a match against Ryback. The Bulgaria born wrestler was spotted in a wheelchair, while wearing a cast on his right leg and holding crutches. WWE has not made an official announcement in regards to the situation yet.
May 27, 2015
In a very well booked match, Bray Wyatt defeated Ryback at Payback. Halfway through the match, the Big Guy ended up hurting himself when he ran shoulder first into the corner post. WWE booked him to fight back valiantly, which the audience got behind. Wyatt then used an exposed turnbuckle to further injure the ribs of his opponent, who still mustered enough strength to try to hit his finishing move. Sister Abigail ends the match.
May 17, 2015