Dolph Ziggler or Cody Rhodes: Who Would Make the Best World Heavyweight Champ?

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJuly 4, 2012

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The Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship just got two favorites added to it. 

While there was no clear favorite before, the addition of Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler adds two young guys who are fully capable of winning the contract and cashing it in. 

These two wrestlers will play a major role in WWE's future.  Their skills continue to improve with experience. 

Which one, though, would make the better World Heavyweight Champion?


Dolph Ziggler

The Show Off is ready right now to be put into a main-event role.  He's recently been given world title shots and delivered exceptional matches each time.

His matches are often one of the best of the pay-per-view and with the world title around his waist, he’d have more opportunities to shine against top talent.

He is fluid in the ring and has a varied enough style to work with whoever WWE throws at him. 

A modern melding of Curt Hennig’s ring prowess and Shawn Michaels’ flair for spectacle, Ziggler would create a major buzz as champion.                                                                                                 

The often-elusive "it" factor that scouts and bookers look for is throbbing in Ziggler's every pore.  He is a blue-chip talent that is destined for multiple major title reigns. 


Cody Rhodes

Few wrestlers have a feel for the sport that Cody Rhodes has.  He is a natural in the ring and a better overall athlete than his legendary father. 

Though his character is currently at a (forgive the pun) crossroads, Rhodes is better on the mic than ZIggler.  He can play smug as well as Ziggler, but is also versatile enough to delve into darker territory. 

If Ziggler is the second coming of the Heartbreak Kid, Rhodes may just be the successor to Jake Roberts. 

The difference between the two newest additions to the Money in the Bank Ladder Match right now is that Rhodes has not had matches with as much scrutiny as Ziggler.  In theory, Rhodes can thrive in main-event matches, but he hasn't been asked to do so yet.

He has less experience with bigger names like CM Punk and Sheamus than ZIggler does.

His potential is sky-high, but there's no guarantee he'll achieve it.  



Dolph Ziggler would make the better World Heavyweight Champion now, while Rhodes may be a better overall champion in the near future.

Ziggler is the safe choice—the sure thing.  Rhodes may have a greater ceiling, but WWE will have to be patient to see if he can reach it.

If either of these men end up winning at Money in the Bank 2012, it'll be exciting for fans.  They both represent the future, the rising youth movement, the opportunity to see new blood in the limelight.

Should WWE decide to have Ziggler pull down the MITB briefcase, most fans will be pumped.  It is more of an obvious choice, though, and going with Rhodes is a more risky, more surprising and more thrilling option.