After one of the wildest Survivor Series matches in a long time, Team Dolph Ziggler overcame the odds and defeated Team Mick Foley after Ziggler pinned Randy Orton.
While Team Foley—The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Orton and Team Hell No—were the odds-on favorite coming into the 2012 edition of Survivor Series, it was the underdog Team Ziggler—Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett and Rhodes Scholars—that stole the show.
Ziggler himself has been losing constantly on WWE television and on pay-per-views, but a win of this magnitude for his team will begin the slow process of building the star back up to main-event caliber before he cashes in the Money in the Bank briefcase.
What It Means
There were many in the WWE Universe that believed The Miz should have won this match to get him over as a face and prove that he has truly changed, but having Team Ziggler proves the company is behind the future world champion.
While fans complain about the way Ziggler has been booked since winning the briefcase—constant losses and becoming a glorified jobber to the stars—none of that will matter when he cashes in and wins the title.
We won’t remember how Ziggler was booked leading up to his title reign, all the WWE Universe will remember is how he cashed in and how excited we were.
As much as a win of this magnitude—especially on a big-four PPV—should be the start of Ziggler’s run to the top of the card, there was nothing on the line in this match.
No power hanging in the balance, nobody’s career is over, this was just a match. While it makes the entire Team Ziggler look strong, the addition of a stipulation would have made this entire match much better.
For next year, WWE should consider having the last man standing in this match earn a title shot, effectively making this one of the most important matches of the year and forcing fans to care.
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