Dolph Ziggler: The Superkick Could Be the Key to His Superstardom
The superkick can be the jetpack Dolph Ziggler rides to the top of the WWE.
The current Mr. Money in the Bank has used the sleeper hold and the Zig Zag as solid, effective albeit unremarkable finishers. The superkick, which he has begun to use more recently, could have transformative powers for his career.
A spectacular finisher can change everything for a wrestler. It can make an in-ring story's climax fulfilling or shrug-worthy.
Imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin's career had he used the sidewalk slam to end his matches. What if Bret Hart had never learned the Sharpshooter?
Like the stunner, the superkick is one of the greatest finishers ever.
It can come at any point in the match. The opponent can be charging, standing woozily or leaping from the top rope. It's sudden, gorgeous, dramatic.
How much more awesome was the ending of this match against John Cena because of the superkick? The Zig Zag would have been fine, but the superkick just gave that TLC 2012 match a more powerful climax.
Consistently adding the move to Ziggler's repertoire is like adding nitro boosters to his move set.
"Gentleman" Chris Adams first popularized the move during his days in Fritz Von Erich's WCCW. It was Shawn Michaels, though, who brought it to its current high-profile state. Michaels made an art of thrusting his boot at his opponent's face.
With The Heartbreak Kid retired, it's fitting for Ziggler to continue the superkick tradition.
Ziggler, like Michaels, is an athletic showman with a talent for making others' moves look devastating. No, Ziggler's version is not quite as perfect as Michaels' move, but no one’s is and probably never will be.
No one may ever run routes as well as Jerry Rice. No one may ever paint the desert with the majesty that Georgia O'Keeffe did. It doesn't mean that the world should stop catching footballs and painting Arizona landscapes.
Ziggler does a mighty fine job with the move. His superkick is a fine sight to look at now and may improve with increased usage.
Watch him use it here against Randy Orton. It's not as fluid or graceful as Michaels' version, but it is amazingly quick. His foot shoots at Orton's head like lightning striking the ground.
In an interview with Peter Rosenburg, Big Show said “If they give Dolph the superkick, Dolph’s a player in my mind.” He went on to say that he thinks Ziggler is worthy to be the next guy to use the move.
Maybe Big Show is right.
The right finisher is sometimes the last ingredient that completes a superstar's total package. Perhaps it's what puts Ziggler on a new level.
For Ziggler, the superkick makes him more of a legitimate championship threat. It allows him to fell human trees like Big Show and Kane. It gives him a mighty sword to swing in any given battle.
The superkick should prove big for Ziggler, perhaps the means in which he makes his ascent up the WWE ladder.
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