Ryback captured the vacant Intercontiental championship at the Elimination Chamber event in Corpus Christi, TX. He and Sheamus were the last two men in the match. Sheamus was "locked" in his pod for an extended period of time so he was fresh for most of the match. Sheamus revealed that he has used his Celtic Cross to keep himself locked in. Ryback ultimately got the win after hitting shellshock on Sheamus.
For those that missed the show, Mark Henry was the replacement for Rusev.
This would be a first-time Intercontinental title reign for Ryback.