Chris Jericho defeated Dolph Ziggler in the opening bout of WWE SummerSlam, in what is sure to be called an instant classic.
This is what it’s all about.
WWE catches a lot of heat from fans due to the lack of in-ring action on their weekly programs. All combined, endless talking, backstage spots and highlights from the previous week does not leave much time for the actual wrestling.
But pay-per-view? That’s often a different story.
The “big” shows are the culmination of heated feuds, bitter rivalries and the spotlight of epic showdowns. The time for talking is over, as fans expect the drama to reach a boiling point, with differences being settled as they should be—in the ring.
This is where WWE is often at its best, and Jericho versus Ziggler is a perfect example.
The classic give and go, the back and forth, the story of this feud was definitely told in the ring. Ziggler had control during much of the match, with Jericho selling the injured ribs.
Dolph has been considered for a long time to be one of the Superstars who will lead WWE into the future, and this match only further established that belief, as he had a great showing.
Now, for the outcome.
Many Ziggler fans out there are undoubtedly sounding the alarm right now, irate that their favorite has once again come up short, as he has in the past. Indeed, it does seem that every time Dolph has gotten close to the proverbial brass ring, it is yanked away from him.
So, is that what we saw tonight?
It’s a fair question, after all, especially considering that Dolph has seemingly done everything necessary in order to reach that next level. Many fans continuously ask the age-old Dolph Ziggler question, “What’s left for him to do?”
Here’s the thing—before we all go into all-out panic mode, let’s remember that Ziggler is still Mr. Money in the Bank. He has a guaranteed World Title shot whenever he wants it, and for me, that puts him on an upward path.
But does that path end here tonight?
As long as Dolph has that blue briefcase, fans expect him to come racing down the ramp with a ref. Let’s face it, we have been thinking it since the moment his arm was raised at the MITB pay-per-view, and with each passing week, the suspense just keeps building.
For me, I believe that tonight is as good a time as any. Despite who comes out on top in the match between World Champion Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio, there is every reason to believe that Dolph could cash in immediately afterward.
Having said that, I believe that if that is the case, then Sheamus should go over. There’s really no reason to create any heat between Ziggler and Del Rio. They are both heel, and neither man has shown any indication of turning face at all.
Of course, I happen to be one of those fans who agree with the sentiment that the World and WWE Champions should both continue to enjoy their lengthy title reigns. It adds more respectability to the belts, and it makes their individual runs mean more than any in recent memory.
As if we’re not looking enough into the future with this little column, I have to address the fact that somewhere in the WWE locker room sits Randy Orton, who could very well be given another World Title run at virtually any moment.
Yes, he’s been in trouble. Yes, he’s on thin ice. And, yes, he’s still the man who, not too long ago, had a stranglehold on the big gold belt.
I’m a fan of Dolph Ziggler. I happen to believe that the guy deserves a real chance at the top. He’s worked hard and has become a very good technician in the ring. And this loss does not make any of that go away.
Besides, no one will remember it when his arm is raised as the new World Champion. Just saying.