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Let’s pretend that Dolph Ziggler is a credible threat to the WWE championship

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Steel Cage match for the WWE championship

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Kofi Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan in an incredible match to win the WWE championship at WrestleMania 35. Bryan then disappeared for a month amidst injury rumors, so WWE needed a new heel to challenge Kofi for the title at Money in the Bank. This led to Kevin Owens abruptly turning heel on the New Day and taking that spot.

Kingston prevailed in their pay-per-view (PPV) match, and his championship feud with Owens could not continue into Super ShowDown because Owens reportedly declined going to that event. With Bryan firmly entrenched as the planet’s tag team champion by that point, and Owens out of the mix for Saudi Arabia, WWE decided to dust off career mid-carder Dolph Ziggler to be Kofi’s next challenger. Ziggler had been off television since Royal Rumble 2019.

Ziggler appeared out of nowhere to brutally attack Kingston on the May 21 episode of SmackDown. Ziggler was jealous of how the fans showered Kofi with so much love after 10 years of struggling to reach the top of the mountain, and Dolph claimed (over and over) that it should have been him.

This led to a championship match at Super ShowDown. The match had a controversial finish that saw Xavier Woods get physically involved and cost Dolph the match. Kofi retained the title, but this rivalry was far from finished.

The championship rematch was booked for Stomping Grounds as a Steel Cage match, to ensure that Woods could not get involved again. Considering that Baron Corbin is challenging for the Universal championship at Stomping Grounds, there’s a chance that Kingston and Ziggler could actually main event this card.

The main issue with this match is that WWE hasn’t done enough to convince the audience that Dolph Ziggler is a worthy challenger for the WWE championship. Ziggler has won exactly one match in 2019, yet he’s challenging for the WWE championship on consecutive PPVs. That could work if he was a past main event star at the level of Batista, Edge, Orton, or CM Punk. But this is Dolph Ziggler we’re talking about, a guy who WWE constantly beat into the ground for a decade. Ziggler has always been a talented pro wrestler, but this one’s a very tough sell.

Find out which man walks out with the gold by tuning into Stomping Grounds and keeping it right here at Cageside Seats!


Who will win?

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Kofi Kingston
    (253 votes)
  • 23%
    Dolph Ziggler
    (77 votes)
330 votes total Vote Now