Dolph Ziggler recently did away with Chris Jericho, which was a nice feather in his cap as the WWE heats up the young star before his inevitable overtaking of their silver medal, or as some call it, "the world heavyweight championship."
With Jericho out of the picture, Ziggler is in a tough spot, as it will be difficult to find a worthier opponent to work with as he makes a roster climb upward.
It would be a bit awkward, if not counter-productive, if Ziggler feuded with a wrestler near or below his level coming off of such a high-profile feud.
With Randy Orton still in no man's land coming off of a suspension, he would make an ideal candidate as a sacrificial lamb to feud with Ziggler. And while Orton's history against young stars isn't exactly glowing, Ziggler is a favorite among WWE babyfaces (h/t WNZ) in terms of a young heel who they want to work with, given his supreme talents in the ring.
Ziggler has had strong matches with Orton before, and a hot wrestling feud with Orton could be just what the doctor ordered in terms of getting the third-generation star back into the swing of things.
With Kane apparently on his way back to being a babyface, perhaps he could be a formidable opponent for Ziggler. It would be helpful to the Money in the Bank winner's brand to take down such a monster, especially in clean fashion.
The pickings will be slim as it pertains to booking Dolph Ziggler being in a reputable feud that will be productive to his bottom line as a star on the rise, especially with Rey Mysterio on the shelf with serious concussion issues.
A rare in-ring appearance by Booker T for a brief feud could be in order as the Ziggler heel machine continues to roll, but the WWE certainly has some work to do in terms of keeping Ziggler relevant as he prepares for his next big step.
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