Ziggler! Big E! AJ! Del Rio! Ricardo! Broken Ankle! Cash In! Your NEW! World! Heavyweight! Champion!
By Zeus he actually did it, didn't he?
On Monday Night Raw (April 8), following an Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter match, one of -- if not the -- biggest surprises of the year occurred. The music hit. The crowd erupted. And from behind the curtain he emerged.
Dolph [explicit] Ziggler.
With Big E Langston and AJ Lee by his side, he marched down the ramp with a purpose. There would be no hesitation. There would be no false starts. There would be no mistakes.
This was finally Ziggler's time to show the world what he was all about.
Del Rio barely made it to his feet. The bell rang. Fameasser.
Crowd went wild. So close. Ziggler, so frustrated. The back and forth would continue in what might be known as the greatest surprise cash in throughout WWE history. The match was intense. The ebb and flow was being fed into by the arena. There was something special about this moment.
Zig Zag. Face to the mat.
A new champion.
And it's about damn time.
It was the moment we've all been talking about. The one we've all been waiting for. With reigns from Sheamus, The Big Show, and Alberto Del Rio, there were plenty of moments in which Dolph Ziggler could have taken advantage. The belt was so close to his grasp for so long. It was just an inch away.
Yet he declined, choosing to hold onto the Money in the Bank contract.
It quickly became a weight, tying him down, making him drown in the sea of WWE obscurity. He was not a main eventer, or in a position to close shows on a consistent basis. He was not a mid-carder, unable to enter any real, substantial feud. He won matches. He lost matches. But he lacked a definite direction.
That was then. This is now.
Today, Dolph Ziggler is the World Heavyweight Champion.
For those of you who are fans, take a moment to bask in this glory. For those who despise Ziggler, let the hatred run through you.
And for those of you who think Ziggler is an overrated hack? Well, I guess this reign is just going to suck for you, isn't it?
After that brief pause, the question now turns to this:
Who will be the one to challenge Dolph Ziggler for HIS World Heavyweight Championship?
Alberto Del Rio is the obvious choice, and it's almost guaranteed he will receive a championship rematch. But how long will that feud go? Del Rio was on fire going up against The Big Show, and then was put out during his defense against Jack Swagger. It's a shame, because I was starting to really enjoy his work.
Perhaps, though, a midcard feud would be beneficial to him. Allow him to find himself before coming back for the belt.
Jack Swagger may be the next best option. Turn Ziggler face to fight off the heel. In theory it could work. And even though Swagger was getting no reaction, it's impossible to put anything past WWE. He came out with a monster push. To let him fall off the map now means someone was wrong.
And that is not something many people in the promotion care to admit.
Right now the title picture looks a little weak. For Ziggler's run to be successful, he needs to be going up against someone good to great. It takes two to tango and all that jazz. It's like sex, tennis, and eating pizza.
I'm sorry. It's late. I'm not really sure where I was going with that.
The point being is Dolph Ziggler needs a dance partner, and there is one perfect candidate who comes to mind.
A certified Hall of Famer. Someone who has been in the business forever. A man who gets what pro wrestling is about, and is willing to do what it takes to get someone over.
Hell, just being in the ring at the same time does wonders for a person's career. Just go ask Fandango.
There is a history between Ziggler and Jericho that can easily be tapped into. Ziggler needs a strong face as an opponent, and Jericho deserves to be main eventing. The matches would be incredible, and it's something the fans would love.
Which, by my calculations, means it is highly unlikely to occur.
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