In the most fitting ending of the evening, Dolph Ziggler beat John Cena to retain the Money in the Bank briefcase in the duo’s ladder match at WWE’s 2012 Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) pay-per-view.
In the main event of the night, Ziggler and Cena put on a Match of the Year candidate that saw AJ Lee turn heel on Cena.
With Ziggler down, Vickie Guerrero attempted to hit Cena with a steel chair. AJ ran down to the ring and disposed of Vickie after using Cena's trademark moves, including the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Just as Cena was about to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase, AJ pushed the ladder over and cost Cena the match.
After losing to Cena twice on Raw in the weeks leading up to this bout, the table was set for Ziggler to get a huge rub on the big stage of a WWE PPV,and the company followed through.
The Money in the Bank briefcase allows the owner to cash it in for a title opportunity at any time, and allowing Ziggler to go over in a match of this magnitude helps the normal WWE fan believe he is a viable champion.
What It Means
The Cena and AJ storyline is far from over. Did AJ screw Cena for Ziggler, Vickie, herself or somebody else?
The WWE firmly believes that Ziggler is ready for the main event, and allowing him to beat Cena in a match with such high stakes is just the first step towards a long title reign that will likely culminate with a successful title defense at WrestleMania 29.
This win is the biggest of Ziggler’s career.
For Ziggler, the main-event transformation is almost complete and the only thing left for the WWE to do is pull the trigger on the young star winning the World Heavyweight Championship.
That will happen sooner rather than later.
There may be much bigger plans for Cena and AJ Lee and we'll have to tune in to Raw to find out. With a possible match against The Rock at WrestleMania 29 on the horizon, the natural progression to that bout would come via a Cena-victory in the Royal Rumble.
While they are both going in different directions, there are big things on the horizon for both Cena and Ziggler.
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