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WWE: What Has Happened To Dolph Ziggler And His Push?

The night after Wrestlemania was without a doubt one of the best Raws of all time, and Dolph Ziggler‘s cash-in was arguably the highlight of the night. The “we want Ziggler” chants had been going on for a  solid 15 minutes, and when Ziggler’s music hit, the crowd went absolutely nuts. The former cheerleader would win the world championship that night, and we all felt like it was finally Ziggler’s time.

At Summerslam, I expected to see Dolph Ziggler vs Big E Langston in a good, but uneventful midcard match-up. What we actually got however, was a 7 minute long mixed tag team match. Wasn’t this guy fighting for a World title last month? How had he managed to fall so far down the card in such a short period of time? Little did we know, the show off had a lot of falling to do yet.

Shortly following Summerslam, Dolph Ziggler did a radio interview, in which he blasted the powers that be for looking straight through him, and picking Randy Orton as their poster boy. A lot of people, myself included, assumed this was just a promo, and Dolph was just saying what the creative team had asked him to say. Following this incident however, Ziggler (who was the heavyweight champion of the world just two months earlier) would enter a US title feud with Dean Ambrose. And at Night of Champions, Ambrose would beat Ziggler clean in just 10 minutes.

And worst of all, tomorrow night at Battleground, Dolph Ziggler finds himself demoted to the pre-show against Damien Sandow. Now I don’t know what Ziggler’s done to be moved so far down the card, particularly at a time when WWE has lost two of its biggest names and hardest workers, Sheamus and John Cena. WWE needs as many maineventers as it can get right now, so why are they putting a guy who is without a doubt one of the best performers in the world today in a dark match?

To conclude, I don’t know what happened to Dolph Ziggler’s very brief main event run. But I do know that Ziggler is just too good to be jobbing to Bray Wyatt on Raw. He’s too good to be a US title contender. He’s too good to be in pre-shows, or mixed tag matches at pay-per-views. Frankly, Dolph Ziggler is too good to be anywhere, but in the world title picture.

About Sam Love

Just another guy who's going to bitch about how awful the WWE is, whilst avidly watching every week.
  • Sam Love

    Thanks for all the feedback guys, I appreciate it a lot. I’ll definitely take it on board for my next write up. Thanks again :)

  • Sean Linhares

    You’re the new guy? Welcome to the circus amigo.

    It’s funny, I was just thinking about this. The guy literally fell off the map in 30 days flat. It’s almost amazing if you think about it. Even more amazing because he was really really good as a face. Much better than a heel at least. I guess that’s what you get when you constantly run your mouth in interviews and what not. Eventually, that comes back at you.

    Hopefully the punishment (I think it’s punishment) ends soon, if only because Ziggles is a talented dude as a face. Guy has potential.

    Pretty good article here, especially because it’s your first. Had you maybe gone a bit more in depth, it coulda been much better, if only because there’s a definite case to be made here. Good building blocks set here though, keep at it and welcome to the crew mate!

  • Kevin Berge

    Not everyone can be in the World Title scene at all times. While it’s certainly clear that Ziggler has fallen, he’s in a better place right now than a lot of guys. He’s one of the top faces in the Corporate angle though everyone below Bryan is a step down considerably on the card. His matches with Dean Ambrose are keeping him relevant while RVD is in the title scene. Damien Sandow has to be next in line for the title while Bryan and Orton will be fully entrenched in the WWE Title scene. There’s just not much room to move up right now until the title scenes change.

    I’m a big fan of Ziggler, and I hate seeing him get jobbed out. However, he’s still in a much better place than he has been thanks to the relative uplift of the midcard. He feels like an upper midcarder which is more than he was a year and a half ago. While it should be World Champ instead of Del Rio, it’s just not in the cards. Soon he’ll be back in that position, no need to worry.

    Overall, okay article. In the future, I’d suggest trying to expand more on your idea and also add some more to the article with pictures, videos, etc. These are all things you’ll learn as you get stronger with your writing. Glad to have you on board with the site.

  • Jacob Stachowiak

    You put over Ziggler here yet you called him a former cheerleader, man, that’s counterproductive haha

    Come on, Sam, you obviously don’t understand all the history and build towards the Sandow/Ziggler pre-show match. It’s like a million years in the making, it’s in no way a demotion to either guy…

    I was never a fan of Ziggler as a heel but I thought he was doing great as a face challenging Del Rio, the crowd obviously loved him and his ability/selling/size more naturally fits a face anyways. I’m disappointed that he’s where he’s at, just when i barely started to like him. But then again, maybe it is because he ran his mouth and now has to put up with the consequences.