WWE Summerslam is coming up fast, and with Raw 1000 in the books, we can start looking forward to WWE's second biggest pay-per-view of the year.
In a little under four weeks, the Staples Center in Los Angeles will host the show for the fourth consecutive year, and it is quickly becoming a packed card. Triple H and Brock Lesnar finally confirmed their match. Charlie Sheen teased an encounter with Daniel Bryan. John Cena, The Big Show, The Rock and CM Punk all have unfinished business with each other. All we need is someone to grab attention from the spotlight, two men who won't have as big of a hyped match but will deliver like only they can. Two wrestlers who will...what's the term I'm looking for...
Ah, yes. Steal the show.
When Chris Jericho nailed Dolph Ziggler with a Codebreaker last week, it was a primal defense mechanism. Ziggler tore open six months of old wounds with his verbal attack on Jericho, reminding him of the fact that since the "end of the world as we know it" came and went, Jericho has yet to win a single pay-per-view match. The last man to be eliminated from the Royal Rumble went on to lose at Elimination Chamber, Wrestlemania, Extreme Rules, Over the Limit and Money In The Bank. Forced to work together in a six-man match at Raw 1000, Ziggler blindsided Jericho and fed him to Sheamus, caring little for the result of the match.
At the time of this writing, the Smackdown taping is set to take place in about an hour. Jericho sent a Tout saying that he will be at the show, and if luck is on our side, it will be to further build into what will be a dark horse contender for "match of the night" at Summerslam.
Some very interesting parallels are going to come to light in L.A. on August 19. Assuming Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler get their match, Jericho will be on the same card as Brock Lesnar, Triple H and The Rock. This should be very familiar territory for him, as he has made a career out of stealing the show. Ziggler makes a point to do it every time he is in the ring. Ziggler has drawn many comparisons to a young Chris Jericho, who in turn found himself being stacked up against a certain showstopper.
Summerslam 2012 will see Chris Jericho come full circle from his match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XIX, where those men had the task of putting on a performance to rival Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion Kurt Angle, a Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon street fight, the final encounter between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin and, to a lesser extent, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs. Booker T. To this day, some believe it was indeed the match of the show. Nine years later, swap HBK with Jericho and Y2J with Ziggler and look at the rest of the potential matches for Summerslam.
Of course, Shawn Michaels ended up winning that match. I do not see the old lion(heart) claiming victory this time. Jericho does not need a win; hell, he doesn't even need WWE right now. He has stated publicly that Fozzy is his number one priority, and their next run of performances throughout the United States begins two days before Summerslam. Jericho losing his last match to the fastest rising star in WWE before departing for another undetermined length of time will propel Ziggler into the stratosphere, a wave he can ride even higher as the night concludes.
By the time this article is published, we will know from spoilers who Sheamus' next challenger for the World Heavyweight Championship will be for Summerslam. When that person wrestles Sheamus and loses (come on, you know it's going to happen), an exhausted Sheamus will not be able to prepare a Brogue Kick in time to counter Ziggler, who cashes in and wins his second World Title after beating Chris Jericho in the same night—something nobody, not even John Cena, has been able to do.
Meanwhile, Jericho, the HUGE rock star, can concentrate on Fozzy some more and become an even bigger name in the world of heavy metal.
If Ziggler loses against Jericho, no worries. He will bounce back the same night by doing exactly what I described above, and all memory of him losing to Jericho will be erased with the belt around his waist. Regardless of who emerges the victor, Jericho will have made Ziggler the newest and biggest force to be reckoned with in all of WWE.
Bank on it.