CM Punk may have broken into the main event scene with a shoot promo, but make no mistake: He was not the Superstar of the Year for 2011. There is another wrestler, who is quietly rising and will surpass Punk.
CM Punk breaking out, and breaking the taboos of the wrestling fraternity. Mark Henry finally winning the big one, and being convincing with it. Daniel Bryan winning Money in the Bank and cashing it in. All these are worthy contenders for being superstar of the year, but there is one person who has stood out more than the rest.
Dolph Ziggler. Dolph has consistently proved himself to be a go to guy when the WWE need to get a good match out of someone. He seems to have the ability to get a decent bout out of almost anyone he faces. Not only that, but look at what he accomplished in 2011.
On the first Smackdown of the year, Ziggler defeated Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre and the Big Show in a Fatal Four Way match to become the number 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Title. Even though he lost this match, he proved himself to be a big-game player, and in February, under dubious circumstances, Ziggler became champion only to lose it the same night.
In March after being 'fired’ Ziggler moved over to the Raw brand, where he had a feud with John Morrison, culminating in a six person tag match at Wrestlemania. Although he lost that contest, he proved to be the only highlight during the match.
In June, at Capitol Punishment, Ziggler defeated Kofi Kingston to become the new United States Champion—a title he would hold until Tables, Ladders and Chairs when he lost to Zack Ryder. This makes him the longest reigning champion of 2011.
To top all this off, on the final Raw of 2011, Ziggler finished the year exactly how he started it— by becoming the number 1 contender for a major title—this time for CM Punk’s WWE title.
Ziggler has had an amazing 2011, and he just seems to be getting better and better. Some people refer to him as the next Shawn Michaels. This is not true. Nobody can be the next Shawn Michaels, and Dolph does not need this moniker. He is the next Dolph Ziggler, and as such, we should expect 2012 to be even bigger for him.
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