Chris Jericho wasted no time proving to the world that he was not taking Dolph Ziggler lightly.
Despite interference from Vickie Guerrero, Jericho finally picked up his long-awaited "big one" at SummerSlam and forced Ziggler to submit to the Walls of Jericho (or the Liontamer, if you prefer).
Ziggler tried his damnedest, but this was not his night. Trapped in a brutal situation, the young Ziggler had no choice but to tap out to the veteran's patented submission maneuver.
Ziggler probably would not have had it any other way.
He grew up idolizing Jericho, much in the same way Jericho grew up idolizing Shawn Michaels. For a student of the game like Dolph Ziggler, wrestling Jericho in his final match is more than a dream come true—it's a huge responsibility.
There was immense pressure on Ziggler to put on a great match with Jericho, a champion many times over. Plus, the match was even more highly charged, thanks to its status as the opener for the second-biggest pay-per-view of the year. Everyone in the Staples Center was fired up and ready to go, and the first match had to set the tone for the night.
To the surprise of nobody, Jericho and Ziggler stole the show.
While the strategy of CM Punk and the brutality of Brock Lesnar will likely be discussed and analyzed for weeks to come, I sincerely hope the fantastic wrestling by both Jericho and Ziggler does not get lost among internet columnists. Jericho claims he is the best in the world at what he does, while Ziggler strives to show off every night.
It would be hard to argue either point after the match they had at SummerSlam. I already said this in an earlier column, but I am going to miss Chris Jericho quite a bit.
Meanwhile, Dolph Ziggler can lick his wounds and perhaps learn a thing or two about what went wrong. He can stew, brood, bide his time and lie in wait until he finally cashes in that Money in the Bank contract at the perfect time (which was not Sunday night).
After he eventually becomes World Heavyweight champion, he will likely cite his match against Chris Jericho as a turning point in his career.
I also imagine Chris Jericho coming back one day for a shot at Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship, wanting to test the young stud to see what he has learned. By that time, Jericho might be surprised at how much Ziggler has in store for him.
Personally, I cannot wait for the rematch.
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