Dolph Ziggler Cashes in Money in the Bank and Wins World Heavyweight Title

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2013

WWE fans can rejoice, as Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to beat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship Monday on Raw.

Del Rio was injured in his match against Jack Swagger, leaving the door open for the Ziggler cash-in attempt. After almost losing the match, Ziggler stole the win and the title.

The WWE has been setting the stage for this cash-in over the last few months, and the evolution of Ziggler from a midcard staple to a main event star is finally complete.

Mr. Zig-Zag is the world heavyweight champion.


What It Means

The WWE knows just how physically gifted Ziggler is, and it will be using him going forward the same way it used Shawn Michaels for the majority of his career.

While Ziggler won’t win every match or hold the title forever, he will win in big moments and look amazing even in defeat, just as he has for the past two years while the company built him to this level.

After working as hard as anyone to get to the top of the company, Ziggler deserves the honor of being called the world heavyweight champion.


What’s Next?

Now that Ziggler has won the world title, it’s imperative that WWE follows through with his reign and makes him look as strong as possible. As seen by Ziggler’s last title run, the WWE must go in another direction.

The best part about the character who Ziggler plays is that he can still weasel out of situations and lose without really having his gimmick ruined. As long as he retains his title clean and wins against the upper-midcard talent often, he’ll be fine.

With a plethora of options for what’s next for the young star and who will be the first extended feud of his reign, there are many opponents on the SmackDown brand that would make this reign memorable.

This will be a good run for Ziggler.


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