The World Heavyweight Championship contract Money in the Bank ladder match has an interesting blend of veterans and youngsters that should make for a highly entertaining tilt on Sunday, but allowing Dolph Ziggler to secure the briefcase is the only option at this point.
It is certainly refreshing to see some new faces in the Money in the Bank match, but the WWE has given itself very few options. Ziggler is the overwhelming favorite to win the bout, as he should be, and the only other superstar with a shot is probably Cody Rhodes. Even that seems like a long shot at this point, though, based on the way he has been utilized lately.
Ziggler has been on the verge of reaching main-event status for quite some time, and although he has had some brief forays into that scene and held the World Heavyweight Championship for a matter of minutes, Ziggler has yet to officially make the leap. Having him win Money in the Bank is the perfect opportunity, however, and the creative team can't afford to let it fall by the wayside.
There is no question that Ziggler lives up to his nickname of "The Show Off" as he puts on a clinic and steals the show on a nightly basis. I don't normally like to compare current wrestlers to greats from the past as guys should try to pave their own way, but I can't help but think of Shawn Michaels circa 1993 when I see Ziggler.
They are fairly similar in stature, both perform on a nightly basis in the ring and both have a certain "it" factor. It was pretty obvious that Michaels was destined to be a star when he broke away from Marty Jannetty and won the Intercontinental Championship. Ziggler is in a similar situation as he is currently being held back by Vickie Guerrero.
Ziggler and Vickie have been together for a couple years, and although she is great in her role and did help Dolph get over with the crowd, he doesn't need her anymore. There have been signs of a split in recent weeks, so my hope is that Ziggler wins Money in the Bank and when Vickie goes to celebrate with him, he leaves her high and dry.
Not only would this result in Ziggler finally being a single entity, but it would ensure that he remains a heel as well, which is big since he is so good as one. I also feel like Ziggler would benefit from a long run with the briefcase. If he holds it for a solid six months or more, it will do a lot for him in terms of becoming a legitimate superstar.
Ziggler has all the tools necessary to be in the main event right now, but it's important not to rush things. Guys like Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio were forced into cashing in their contracts too quickly, and while poor booking during their respective title reigns was a major culprit for their failures, so was the way Money in the Bank was handled.
If booked correctly, Ziggler can really cement himself as a top guy before he ever wins the World Heavyweight Championship. I would love to see him defend the contract against formidable opponents because it would give him some big-match experience and it would make Ziggler look like somebody who is capable of beating his opponents straight up rather than a guy who has to resort to schemes and slimy tactics.
There are times when the creative team over-thinks things and goes for shock value rather than the smart decision, but I hope that doesn't happen at Money in the Bank. Ziggler is clearly the best choice and is essentially the only choice at this point. I'm all for building new talent, but Ziggler is a star on the rise who needs this in order to take that next step.
Ziggler takes great pride in stealing the show every time he enters the ring, and hopefully he does it once again on Sunday and leaves with a blue briefcase in tow.
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