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This is becoming an all-too-frequent occurrence.
Ziggler is now 2-7 at PPVs this year; a particularly poor record for a superstar who could soon be the World Heavyweight Champion.
And it's not just the defeat that is an issue, it's the circumstances surrounding the loss that make it so much more questionable.
Randy Orton will be leaving to film the 12 Rounds sequel in under two weeks, so one can expect a prolonged absence from WWE programming for The Viper.
With this in mind, it would seem logical to give Orton the victory as it will ensure he remains relevant when he eventually returns, in a situation not too dissimilar to that of Chris Jericho at SummerSlam last month.
But in reality, Orton does not need a victory to keep him relevant. The thousands of loyal followers he has will take care of that for him, in what is arguably the second largest fanbase in the company.
Thus, if Orton had lost, his eventual return would still be well received due to his sheer popularity. Besides, he failed to win at the Over the Limit PPV before his impromptu suspension earlier this year, and fans still cared about him when he returned after a two-month hiatus.
Having him defeat Ziggler was unnecessary, and just makes Ziggler look like even more of a loser. Simply put, the Show Off needed the win more than The Apex Predator did.
Nonetheless, it's worth acknowledging Orton's innovative flapjack/RKO hybrid that he hit on Ziggler to pick up the win. It was an impressive spot, even if it did contribute to the wrong victor being booked.