For the longest time, fans have been pulling for Dolph Ziggler to drop both Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger as his associates in order to finally go solo.
While Vickie has been the sole reason Ziggler has garnered heat over the last two years, most viewers believe he's now able to stand alone without the help of either Guerrero or Swagger.
Given his recent losing ways, it seemed that there was no better time than the present to finally pull the trigger on Ziggler's abandonment of his former clients.
Thankfully, Ziggler took a step in the right direction three weeks ago on Monday Night RAW when he walked out on Vickie and Swagger after eating defeat to WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
Despite that, Guerrero has continued to walk alongside the bleached-blonde superstar during his matches—still to no avail. Ziggler has demanded Vickie that he be treated as the main-eventer he is, thus later receiving a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship against Sheamus.
Last night at No Way Out, Ziggler was once again unsuccessful in defeating the Celtic Warrior and taking the title after falling victim to the Brogue Kick. Although Ziggler didn't look visibly upset at Vickie following the match, one would assume that he's just about had enough of her unlucky managerial services.
If Ziggler hasn't turned on Vickie after all this time, why would he do so tonight on RAW, you ask?
Let's take a brief trip down memory lane.
On this day in 2010, Guerrero and Ziggler had their very first encounter in a backstage segment on SmackDown. It was apparent Vickie had the hots for Ziggler, which would later lead him to winning the Intercontinental Championship a month later.
That being said, the irony in having the two split exactly two years after their first meeting would be phenomenal. While little things like this may not matter to WWE and their illogical booking, it would make the split all the more meaningful.
Besides, the former World Heavyweight Champion is ready to break off on his own. Since pairing up with Vickie, Ziggler's in-ring skills, as well as his promos, have improved immensely.
After Ziggler's stellar performance last night at No Way Out, there's no questioning that he will one day be a top player in the WWE. That won't come to fruition unless he's a singles star on the rise.
Vickie's done her job and done it well, but it's time for both parties to move onto bigger and better things.
However, I do fear the possibility of Ziggler turning face if does indeed split from Guerrero and Swagger.
The cheers for Ziggler during his title match last match were blatant, but that's no excuse to turn him into a fan favorite this early in his run.
With the lack of credible heels on today's roster, turning Ziggler face at this point would only see him quickly get lost in the shuffle. There are multiple ways to split the pair while maintaining the former U.S. Champion's heel persona, but it's on WWE creative to make the smart decision.
Regardless, the tension between Ziggler and Vickie desperately needs to reach its climax. That breakup must go down tonight. In doing so, Ziggler could easily solidify himself as the next Money in the Bank winner for next month and lose the weight that's been holding him back for too long.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers. Be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on the proposed angle and whether Ziggler should dump Guerrero tonight on RAW or not.
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