Many expected the two to steal the show and they did a stellar job of putting on a great match filled with near falls.
Jericho was as lively as ever, despite being on the wrong side of 40, and Ziggler once again impressed when faced with a main-event-calibre opponent.
But what does the result mean for both men?
Y2J won’t feature on WWE programming for a while due to commitments with his band Fozzy, while Ziggler on the other hand looks set for a main event push over the coming months.
It may not seem so at first, but having Jericho defeat Ziggler was definitely the right call from the Creative Team, and on the whole, the decision would appear to benefit all interested parties. Here are three reasons why.
Jericho has regained some credibility
Chris Jericho has been brilliant since his return to the company, having worked tirelessly to put CM Punk over, and now by thrusting Ziggler even further into the limelight.
But his run of defeats was starting to become ridiculous.
Y2J has seemed like little more than a glorified jobber in recent months, a role far from fitting for one of the most popular and decorated superstars in the history of the industry.
He deserved better, and defeating Ziggler allows Jericho to end on a high. Had Jericho not picked up the win, he could so easily have slipped into irrelevance, and it would have been very difficult for him to be taken seriously upon his eventual return from touring with Fozzy.
Having focused on his inability to “win the big one” during the PPV’s build up, Jericho has now proved the doubters wrong, regaining a degree of credibility and reaffirming his position as one of the top stars in the company.
Ziggler can bounce back thanks to his Money in the Bank briefcase
Though the result definitely aids Jericho, it would appear to hinder the progress of Ziggler somewhat.
On face value, it certainly seems counterproductive to have a departing wrestler defeat one of the company’s rising stars of the future. But given the current circumstances, Ziggler’s defeat may not be quite as damaging as one would first assume.
This is mainly down to his victory at the Money in the Bank PPV last month.
His resultant guaranteed shot at the World Heavyweight Championship will keep his main even push on track as it ensures he can be easily slotted into the title picture at any time.
Furthermore, the feud also aided Ziggler despite his defeat as it gave him a great deal of TV time leading up to the PPV. Granted his appearance on Piper’s Pit was tarnished by the host’s inane ramblings, but Ziggler still managed to show that his mic skills are just as impressive as his in-ring work.
WWE could take advantage of a possible rematch
The feud has an air of unfinished business about it, and although the storyline only had a few weeks of build, it appeared to be high on the WWE’s agenda as the two men featured in numerous segments on both Raw and Smackdown.
This leaves me thinking, could the WWE revisit this feud in future?
The Fozzy tour finishes in December, and although the band have a few further dates in Australia at the start of March, there would still be time to fit Jericho into the Royal Rumble next year or perhaps even WrestleMania.
By which time, Ziggler may in fact be World Champion.
Reigniting the feud in a few months time would not only produce some great promos and a memorable rematch, but it would be a brilliant chance to give Jericho one last run at a major Championship in what could be his final stint with the company.
Even if it were to end it defeat, it would be a fitting swansong to a fantastic career, and would once again help to push Ziggler to even greater heights.
Having Jericho emerge from SummerSlam victorious was the best decision as it helps both Jericho and Ziggler, while also offering the company the chance to set up a must-see rematch in a few months time.
While a WrestleMania rematch may be difficult, the WWE should definitely try to find a way of making it happen.
The technical quality on show would greatly compliment the high profile names like The Rock and Brock Lesnar, who appear likely to feature at next year’s event, adding further balance and substance to the overall card.
Nonetheless, even if a rematch does not come to fruition, we were still treated to a great match at this year’s SummerSlam.
Let's hope that Ziggler can get back on the right track by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase fairly soon.