When the new era of Raw began on July 25th, the WWE Universe witnessed the exciting debut of Finn Balor right into the main event picture. This was an intriguing bold new direction for the flagship show.
In contrast, many members of the WWE Universe were scratching their heads when SmackDown Live kicked off their new era on July 26th by crowning longtime mid-carder Dolph Ziggler as the number one contender to Dean Ambrose's WWE Championship, after Ziggler pinned AJ Styles with a superkick in a 6-pack challenge:
Ziggler confronted the WWE Champion and tried to find parallels between the underdog nature of their wrestling careers, but Dean didn't really want to hear it. Ambrose claimed that they are nothing alike: Ziggler is all show, Ambrose is all go.
Dolph emphasized that it has been his dream since he was 5 years old to become WWE Champion, and he is going to beat Dean's ass at SummerSlam because he is that damn good. Ambrose brushed this off and straight up told Dolph that the Showoff simply isn't as good as he thinks he is.
That's essentially where things stand as SummerSlam 2016 approaches. Dolph Ziggler sees himself as a one-time male cheerleader who has scratched and clawed his way to this opportunity and won't be denied. Ambrose sees himself as someone who has always ignored the opinions of others and has persevered through hard work and dedication.
Something has to give at SummerSlam 2016. Which guy wants the WWE Championship more? And will Bray Wyatt have something to say about it?
Tune into SummerSlam 2016 and keep it right here on Cageside Seats to see which man walks out as WWE Champion!