After a big win at Survivor Series as the sole surviving member of his team, it seems as if Dolph Ziggler is back on his way up in WWE.
An entertaining elimination match came to a close with Randy Orton and Ziggler as the last two men in the ring.
Orton was going to hit an RKO but he decided to go for the punt instead, and he backed up to the corner.
As he came out for the lethal blow he was met with a superkick from Ziggler and a one-two-three from the ref.
Ziggler getting a clean win over Orton is a significant sign that WWE indeed plans to push the current Money in the Bank holder in the coming months.
Since winning his blue briefcase at MITB, Ziggler has been hot and cold with wins, and it seemed like WWE was waiting for the right time to have him break out.
That time appears to be now.
Survivor Series did not see Ziggler get another cheap win. We saw him out-think and outwit the Viper and hit a kick heard throughout the entire arena.
If I am consistent about anything, it is saying that Orton is one of the few top names putting people over, and Ziggler is one of the best in the business.
Tonight showed both points to be true, and it seems like Ziggler is now on his way back to the top of SmackDown.
When Edge was World champion on SmackDown and he was feuding with Ziggler, it seemed like we were watching the moment where Ziggler would finally advance to the main event scene.
Despite being handed a World title, we did not get a main event run, and instead, Ziggler remained the one guy on the roster who could make anyone look like a star.
Being able to sell anything anyone hits you with is not the only reason Ziggler is great. He is great because he is always upping his game to new heights.
He adds new moves to his arsenal all of the time. Survivor Series even saw him win with a move he has not been known to utilize in matches very often.
This week's episodes of Raw and SmackDown should indicate where WWE intends to go with Ziggler.
There is already a pretty clear picture of what WWE is planning.
Sheamus destroyed Big Show with a chair following their match which seems to signal the two being in a chair match at Survivor Series.
This leaves WWE with a few options for Ziggler.
Orton and Ziggler could have a match at Survivor Series, or Miz could step in and advance his face turn with a feud with Ziggler.
There is also the possibility of John Cena and Ziggler feuding after recent interactions between the two have teased an eventual showdown.
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Either way, at the end of TLC we could very well see Ziggler cash in on whoever holds the title after a hardcore chairs match between Big Show and Sheamus.
This would eventually lead to 2013 being the year Ziggler steps out on his own and becomes one of the top superstars in WWE.
He has had the best matches week in and week out for a long time, and whenever he gets in the ring with a main event star, he always puts on a great show.
The writing has been on the wall for a long time, and now it is up to Nick Nemeth to take Ziggler to the next level.
Survivor Series is the first step on Ziggler's personal road to the top of WWE.
Wait and see.
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