WWE Hell in a Cell 2012: Why Dolph Ziggler Would Have Been Better Than Ryback

David LevinSenior Writer IIOctober 18, 2012


If all things are equal and the WWE wants its best wrestlers facing each other in its most important moments, the pay-per-view events, then why hasn’t the WWE come up with the obvious solution to its problem with star power at Hell in a Cell?

Why hasn’t the WWE tried its hand at stirring the pot a bit and forcing the unholy union of Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk or better yet, having the WWE Champion face off in a match for the title with the rising star? Was Ryback truly the best decision Vince McMahon could have made in making the main event match for the upcoming show?

And for this instance, let’s remove John Cena from the equation.

The WWE is in a position right now where it can escape the ideology of what worked before can work now. Ryback is the prime example.

Using a very green wrestler who is well-liked but not well-versed in the WWE to sell himself as the second coming of Batista or Goldberg or your muscle-bound freak of the month is good in that it keeps in tune with the idea that Vince McMahon still wants the bigger, stronger athlete carrying his WWE flag. But in this case, I think Vince should listen to reason and see that he and the writers for the company missed another golden opportunity here.

If it can work for Chris Jericho, it can work for Dolph Ziggler.

Jericho went through Steve Austin and The Rock and unified the WWE Championship. Quite a feat considering the company he was placed in to do so. Ziggler even said he wanted to beat CM Punk on Raw and then cash in his Money in the Back contract and claim the World Title. Because of his skill, his charisma and the fact he is just that damn good at times, it is something I have even considered.

Ziggler has been in great programs with Punk, Randy Orton and Jericho. He is a poor man’s Shawn Michaels (maybe the nicest compliment I can pay him). Seeing him in programs with Punk—now that it would appear the WWE is leaning more toward matches that excite the crowd and not so much which side of the line they are on (face vs. heel)—means this could work very well.

For everything Ryback is—that being strong, fierce, intimidating and, most importantly, appealing—the fans love to cheer and boo Ziggler like he is the cool guy to hate. That (in the words of Diamond Dallas Page) is a good thing. Ryback may have the catch phrase and the Goldberg-like stare, but if you wanted real substance, then Ziggler should get the nod.

And of all things to consider, there is a slight fascination by myself to see if Ziggler captures the World Title and remains in the camp and company of Vickie Guerrero, who should be looking to align herself with the likes of Punk and fellow “worm” Paul Heyman. If for some reason the WWE can see past the next day, Ziggler vs. Punk brings more entertainment value to the brand and more marketability to the company.

I guess what I am trying to say is, Ryback is not a champion for the long haul while Ziggler is and can be.

In two Sundays, we will all get a chance to see what this big-muscled guy is all about. I also suspect (and this is just a hunch) that Ziggler may finally get to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. But in my opinion, the real loss in all this is seeing two performers (Punk and Ziggler) who could have put on one hell of a show at Hell in a Cell.