Another pay-per-view, another loss for Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler, who is still carrying that Money in the Bank briefcase to prove that he is a No. 1 contender at some point, took on Randy Orton at Night of Champions on Sunday. It was another victory for the Viper, who is starting to build a little momentum following his two-month suspension.
When the match was first announced on SmackDown, it seemed like a way for WWE to take the next step with Ziggler. After all, despite being laid out by Orton a few weeks ago, he was starting to get a few victories here and there.
This match seemed like a natural step for WWE to take with Ziggler's progress up the ladder. Orton wasn't really doing anything, which is why he was in the match to begin with, so why not put Ziggler over?
WWE decided not to take that route, though it is hard to argue when you get a match of this caliber. These two have had several matches with each other this year alone, and they continue to be of a high quality.
Orton is basically at a crossroads right now. He has been back for a month, yet he has not really done anything special since he made his return. He is expected to be leaving for a little bit to film a new WWE movie, but if that's the case, why put him over here?
Is it just a simple way for WWE to protect one of its top stars, even at the expense of someone the company clearly has some belief in?
We can spend hours until Raw starts debating what WWE is doing with Ziggler. All that matters at this precise moment is that Orton was the one standing tall at Night of Champions.
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