As the winner of the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract, Dolph Ziggler is clearly one of the fastest-rising stars in the WWE. Ziggler has to ditch some dead weight in order to truly take flight, and that means he needs to move on without Vickie Guerrero.
Vickie has been Ziggler's manager for the better part of two years, and while she has helped garner him some heat and was once a major asset, she is now holding Dolph back more than anything. Ziggler always impresses in the ring and has shown ability on the mic when given a chance, so he needs to fly solo.
Managers used to be a huge part of wrestling, particularly for heels as guys like Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Jimmy Hart had stables of superstars. They are incredibly rare now, however, and although Vickie does a nice job in her role, every main-event-level wrestler today has to be able to get it done on his own.
There has been plenty of conversation over the past year with regards to the best way to break up Ziggler and Vickie, and although many opportunities have presented themselves, nothing has been done yet. Looking at Vickie's current feud with RAW general manager A.J. Lee, now is the perfect time to make something happen.
Vickie is disgruntled because of A.J.'s decision to force Ziggler to defend his Money in the Bank contract against Chris Jericho a couple weeks ago. Ziggler won the match and forced Jericho out of the WWE, but both Vickie and Ziggler have said that A.J. abused her power.
Things really heated up last week as Guerrero called A.J. out only for the GM to slap Vickie across the face and assault her. There will certainly be some more developments on that front this week and I feel it could ultimately lead to the demise of Vickie and Dolph as a tandem.
After the firing of John Laurinaitis, RAW was without a general manager for a period of time and Vickie was one of the past GMs who filled in for a week. She obviously is upset that she didn't get the permanent position and she is trying to usurp control from A.J. She may get that chance at Night of Champions.
I envision A.J. challenging Vickie to a match with some high-stakes stipulations. If Vickie wins, then A.J. must step down as GM with Vickie seizing power. If A.J. wins, then Vickie can no longer manage Ziggler.
One of the biggest problems when it comes to breaking up Vickie and Dolph is there is no easy way to do it while keeping both of them heel. If Ziggler were to just dump Vickie, then she would become a sympathetic figure, but if Guerrero were to walk out on Ziggler, then he would probably start to get some face reactions.
That isn't to say that Ziggler can't ever be a face, because he can. But he is too good and natural as a heel to change right now. Having Vickie lose a match and forcing her to stop managing Ziggler is the best-case scenario. It allows Ziggler to finally go off on his own, it allows Vickie to explore other ventures and it ensures that both can remain heels for the time being as well.
I'm not positive that this is the route that the WWE is going to take, but it seems quite plausible and logical at this point. There is nothing holding the writers back from separating Dolph and Vickie other than the ramifications, but this theory essentially has none.
The WWE has to realize that Ziggler needs to be on his own in order to blossom, so hopefully the creative team is thinking along the same lines that I am. If they are, then Ziggler will be reaching elite status sooner rather than later.