Dolph Ziggler has been prominently booked in a feud with top star John Cena while continuing to nurse his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Ziggler came up on the short end of a recent match with Cena. He then took a disqualification loss to Sheamus on Friday Night SmackDown. Things seem to be setting up for Ziggler to get his comeuppance in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the conclusion of WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
John Cena's ailing knee has been the vocal point of his ongoing feud with Ziggler. His injury occurred in worked shoot fashion while chasing Ziggler on a recent episode of Raw.
Cena has furthered his injury storyline on Twitter with tweets suggesting that he will not be at 100 percent moving forward:
I know the risks of what can happen to me and I'm willing to play the odds. #nevergiveup c u 2nite grand rapids— John Cena (@JohnCena) November 20, 2012
This will give the WWE an out should they need to job out John Cena while still protecting him in some fashion.
Ziggler is expected to spend the majority of a would-be match against John Cena, working over Cena's knee. Should Cena's liability lead to a loss, the result would be the biggest win of Dolph Ziggler's career.
To that point.
Sheamus and Big Show will be battling for the World Heavyweight Championship in a chair match that same night. Sheamus is two months into his babyface chase for the world title after losing to Big Show at WWE Hell in a Cell and WWE Survivor Series.
The third time may be the charm for Sheamus, who foreshadowed the upcoming chair match with a 31-shot assault on the Big Show.
If Sheamus defeats Big Show only to be subsequently peppered with chair shots in retaliation, this could be the night where Dolph Ziggler becomes a legitimate World champion.
Cashing in on a fallen babyface who just completed a three-month journey would cement Ziggler as a strong heel champion.
A win over John Cena in the same night will legitimize an otherwise tainted victory. And if Dolph Ziggler soldiers on with World title in tow—and no Even-Steven rematch with Cena—a temporary changing of the guard could be upon us.