Dolph Ziggler really impressed me with his mic skills on last night's WWE Monday Night RAW.
Ziggler bashed Chris Jericho with a lot of the criticisms that fans have raised over the last several months. And it was clear, throughout the segment, that Ziggler was enthusiastically taking on his role as heel against the lion-heart.
It also became apparent that Ziggler doesn't really need Vickie Guerrero anymore. Ziggler can speak for himself. He carried the entire segment.
All Jericho had to do was react. And react he did.
As Ziggler glanced at Vickie Guerrero, Jericho took the opportunity to deliver a wonderfully sold code-breaker to the show-off.
But what does this all mean?
On this past Sunday's Money in the Bank (MITB), Ziggler unsuccessfully attempted to cash in his title shot against the World Heavyweight Champion, receiving a brogue kick in the process.
Although many expressed that this made Ziggler look incredibly weak, I ask you to read in between the lines.
WWE management is telling us that they believe in Dolph Ziggler, but he just isn't ready yet. But if Ziggler won the SmackDown MITB ladder match, what more does he need to get ready?
Enter Chris Jericho.
Despite Jericho's losing streak, he deserves praise for his willingness to put over other superstars. And while I believe this can be done without losing so frequently, Jericho has still demonstrated his selflessness to the WWE Universe.
This time, Chris Jericho will play the baby face against Dolph Ziggler. I highly doubt that Jericho will win against Ziggler, but at least in this role reversal, Jericho won't have to lose cleanly.
Additionally, Ziggler isn't a big enough star that he has to win every single bout with Jericho. They could go back and forth with Ziggler coming out on top eventually.
The matches themselves would easily be top-shelf wrestling. Both superstars sell well, have an impressive arsenal of moves, and can last long in the ring.
How and when Ziggler will eventually cash in his title shot is up for debate. However, it would be an interesting angle to prolong it while simultaneously building his character in important feuds with other superstars.
When the time comes, Ziggler will not be the same man we saw get foolishly kicked in the face.
He will be a hardened, calloused opponent, with no fear, who will pick apart the champion in a very calculated way.
And then, he can truly show off.