Dolph Ziggler was the man who ultimately benefited from the suspensions and injuries to the current crop of Smackdown superstars.
One pay-per-view after Sheamus defended his World Heavyweight Championship against three men, none of them were available to try again.
Instead, it was the Show-Off in Ziggler who had the chance to shock the wrestling world and become a world champion once again. While he was not successful, Ziggler sure did prove that he belongs in discussion for the honor.
The match began the event's card and showed some unusual things missing from a lot of Ziggler's matches. For one, there was no Vickie Guerrero "Excuse Me!" introduction this time. It was simply Ziggler's music coming from the speakers and a rather determined Ziggler walking to the ring with Vickie beside him.
What may have been more strange was the amount of cheers for Ziggler, the heel in this match. In fact, when formal introductions came, Ziggler's cheers matched those of Sheamus and a "Let's Go Ziggler" chant engulfed the IZOD Center to start the match.
As action got underway, we nearly saw a replay from what happened at WrestleMania to Daniel Bryan, which was the night that Sheamus won the World Heavyweight Championship.
A kiss on the cheek from Vickie and nearly a Brogue Kick later had Dolph on the outside, guaranteeing a match longer than 18 seconds. It was important for Ziggler to make this match last long for the sake of credibility for both men.
Ultimately, the match lasted for 15 minutes, the third-longest match of the night, barely behind the WWE Championship match and the main event steel cage match. Ziggler was able to dictate the pace from the very beginning, using his athleticism and great ability to sell aspects of the match.
Give credit to Sheamus as well, who was more than the basic brawler he can often get booked into being. Sheamus dealt out holds that weren't simply for rest and brought match psychology that often gets mailed in.
The key for this match was to get you to believe that Dolph Ziggler could win the World Heavyweight Championship. The New Jersey crowd was very much behind Ziggler, rattling off "Let's Go Ziggler" chants throughout the match.
The desire for Ziggler to win a world championship has always been strong online, but never had a live crowd been so persistent in cheering for Dolph like that.
The matches throughout the night were criticized for including so many DDTs. Being that this was the opening match, it was something that this match did not need to forgive about.
They set the bar and that bar was put rather high. When Ziggler was doing a headstand during a rest hold and one-handed push ups before the match began, you knew this would be a special match.
It wasn't always pretty and there were some sequences that looked downright awful, but Ziggler was able to step in an eliminate a lot of the damage. If Ziggler wasn't quite in the position he was supposed to be, he would adjust and it actually made the fight feel more authentic.
Perhaps the most talked-about spot of the match was the super facebuster from the top rope by Ziggler onto Sheamus. Following the move, it seemed as if Ziggler clutched his knee. Ziggler had some words with the referee and moved over to Sheamus to talk to him for a minute.
It couldn't have been too serious of an injury, considering that Sheamus pulled off a few more moves before getting the deciding pinfall.
However, it all but ended Ziggler's offense, bringing the possible relief that something as simple as jumping for a Zig Zag, which was not attempted in the match, would be harmful.
It will be interesting to see the damage actually done to Ziggler physically. He is a great seller, so it may be nothing more than a stinger at worst.
Physical state aside, this opportunity will have to pay dividends for Ziggler. His match went on first among nine matches and is still one of the most talked-about matches from the card.
The opportunity could possibly not come again for a while for Ziggler, but this match proved that it should. Ziggler really did steal the show at No Way Out and Sheamus, who has had another great pay-per-view match, is thankful for it as well.