Ever since Dolph Ziggler won the World Heavyweight Championship or SmackDown Money in the Bank briefcase, whichever you prefer to call it, the question as to when he would cash in has been in WWE fans’ minds.
After John Cena became the first person to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase unsuccessfully, there has been more focus and pressure on Ziggler. Instead of WWE fans thinking about when two superstars would cash in, they only have to think about one. Plus, the longer Ziggler holds on to the briefcase, the more disappointing it would be if he cashed in unsuccessfully.
So, then, when is the right time for Ziggler to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase?
Initially, I thought Ziggler should have already cashed in at this point. The World Heavyweight Championship title picture has not been very interesting since Sheamus and Daniel Bryan were feuding over the title in April. Ziggler has teased cashing in a couple of times recently, only to be stopped by John Cena.
As we get closer to WrestleMania season, Dolph Ziggler could become the first WWE superstar to cash in at the biggest PPV of the year.
However, the World Heavyweight Championship situation for WrestleMania may cause some issues for Ziggler. Ryback must be considered the favorite to win the Royal Rumble match. With the possibility of John Cena, CM Punk and The Rock in some sort of match for the WWE Championship, chances are the Rumble winner will challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
There have been two rumored matches for the WHC at WrestleMania. First, Ryback and the Big Show facing off in order give Ryback a WrestleMania moment by delivering the Shell Shock on Big Show. Another rumor has Sheamus and a heel Randy Orton in the WHC match at WrestleMania.
As you can tell, there is no mention of Ziggler being involved in the World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 29.
Dolph Ziggler and WWE should allow one of the two rumored matches to happen. However, Ziggler should plan on cashing in either at WrestleMania or on Raw the following night. Last year on the Raw following WrestleMania, The Rock said goodbye again and Brock Lesnar said hello again.
The Royal Rumble will give WWE fans a good indication as to where and when Dolph Ziggler will cash in. If Ryback does win, he will most likely face Big Show at WrestleMania for the WHC. Having Ziggler cash in on Ryback would set up a great feud between the two future top stars of WWE, but wouldn’t it make Ryback look weak? That’s where I have a problem with that scenario.
I am concerned that there is not enough time for WWE to set up the Sheamus-Randy Orton match for WrestleMania. Sheamus would have to defeat the Big Show, which he has been unable to do. It would also mean Randy Orton winning the Royal Rumble.
With the year that Orton has had between suspensions, injuries and being in the doghouse, I find it highly unlikely that he wins the rumble.
Then again, these are just rumors. It is possible that Daniel Bryan, John Cena or another superstar wins the Royal Rumble. I recently ranked the most likely Rumble winners, naming Ryback and Bryan the highest ranked. It is also possible that Ziggler cashes in between now and WrestleMania. There are two PPVs before WrestleMania, plus a number of live episodes of Raw.
However, there still remains two highly anticipated times for Dolph Ziggler to cash in.
WrestleMania 29, after Ryback wins the World Heavyweight Championship, or on Raw the following night are the best times for Ziggler to cash in.
It would move Big Show out of the WHC title picture, which needs to happen as soon as possible. It would set up a feud between two of the top stars in WWE not named John Cena or CM Punk. The feud would make the World Heavyweight Championship matter again as Ryback is becoming the next most popular top babyface, while Ziggler is turning into the second top heel in the company behind Punk.
With AJ Lee and Big E Langston on his side, Ziggler may have just enough to reign over Ryback and the rest of the World Heavyweight Championship contenders. Ryback could attempt to win the title from Ziggler only to have Big E Langston continuously stop him.
This would create a very enticing feud between Ryback and Langston. The two big men are similar size with similar skill sets, making a match or feud between the two appealing at the highest level.
Dolph Ziggler cashing in at WrestleMania or the following night on Raw will give him the opportunity to keep the title for an extended period of time and keep SmackDown fresh and relevant again.
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Seth M. Guttenplan is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, writer for CamelClutchBlog.com and host of OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW!? PWPRadio’s weekly radio show covering all wrestling news and rumors. To read more from Seth, follow him on Twitter (@sethgutt) and check out guttwrenchpowerblog.com.