Dolph Ziggler's Likely Opponent at WrestleMania 29 Revealed

Imaan JalaliFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE and Examiner
Photo courtesy of WWE and Examiner

In the last few years, it has become painfully obvious that Dolph Ziggler is one of the brightest stars in WWE.

He has a polished in-ring style rife with acrobatic maneuvers, and a presence on the microphone that is improving by the week.

"Show Off" or not, it's difficult to resist cheering for the former Spirit Squad member whose tireless work ethic has gotten him this far.

The only question that remains is, when will the company give Ziggler that last extra push to world championship gold?

After all, he won the Money in the Bank briefcase last July and defeated John Cena in the critically acclaimed main event at TLC 2012.

With WrestleMania rapidly approaching, a report by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via suggests that Ziggler may indeed capture the elusive gold:

WWE officials have broached the possibility of an Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler match at WrestleMania 29. However, it was noted that the match may not necessarily be for the world heavyweight championship currently held by Del Rio.

Since Del Rio just won the world heavyweight title—and has been a surprising success as a babyface—it is unlikely WWE would derail his run so soon.

Thus, if Ziggler were to challenge Del Rio for the title at WrestleMania, one would assume it would come about either via a Royal Rumble victory or by cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase.

The latter would not only make the most sense, but would also jibe with Ziggler's character as one who would want to save his opportunity for the grandest stage in wrestling.

Catapulting a wrestler to the upper echelon has always been about timing. Suffice it to say, the next few months will reveal whether Ziggler is destined for main-event stardom or midcard purgatory.

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