7 Reasons You Do Not Need to Worry About Dolph Ziggler
A lot of wrestling fans seem to be freaking out about Dolph Ziggler.
Because "The Showoff" lost 13 more televised matches than any other superstar in 2012, many (myself included) have complained about the way he's been booked.
After all, it's safe to say that Ziggler hasn't been booked all that well over the last year or so.
Other than winning Money in the Bank and retaining the briefcase against John Cena, he's lost far more often than he's won, which has some fans worried that he'll never reach the level that his talents indicate he should.
But don't fret. Ziggler will be just fine.
Here are seven reasons you do not need to worry about Dolph Ziggler and his future in the WWE.
7. It's WrestleMania Season
There seems to be a lot of concern that Dolph Ziggler is kinda, sorta lost in the shuffle.
But there's a reason for that: It's WrestleMania season.
The truth of the matter is, no matter how we think he should be pushed, Ziggler simply isn't going to be the force he should be on the road to WrestleMania.
This is a time when many part-timers get the spotlight, and like it or not, guys like The Rock, Triple H, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker are going to be the guys involved in the biggest feuds over the next couple of months.
If you're worried about where that leaves Ziggler, don't be.
Not everyone is going to get a major push on the road to WrestleMania, and just because a guy isn't competing for world titles right now, that doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom.
Ziggler may not get the type of push we want to see him get between now and WrestleMania, but as soon as WrestleMania concludes and the part-timers go away, he will definitely have his time to shine.
6. He's Feuding with Chris Jericho
If you're worried about Dolph Ziggler's immediate future, just consider who he's feuding with.
After what transpired at the Royal Rumble, Ziggler seems to have reignited his rivalry with Chris Jericho, and that's a good thing for the rising star.
No big-named star has put people over quite like Jericho, who has made a career out of making other guys look good.
Remember that it was Jericho who put Ziggler over on his way out of the company last August, losing to "The Showoff" in a Career vs. Briefcase match on Monday Night Raw.
Yeah, that big win for Ziggler came only after he lost to Jericho at SummerSlam, but ultimately, Ziggler came out of the rivalry looking like a star for ending the "career" of Jericho with back-to-back great matches.
While there are no certainties when it comes to the WWE's booking, we should feel pretty confident that the WWE will do the right thing this time around and use Jericho to give Ziggler a big win or two on the road to WrestleMania.
5. He's Still Young in Wrestling Terms
If you're 32 years old and are in the NBA or the NFL, odds are that you're near the end of your career.
But not in pro wrestling.
Dolph Ziggler is 32 years old, and in pro wrestling, that usually means that a guy is in the prime of his career and still has plenty of gas left in the tank.
Plenty of major stars didn't win a World title until they were in their 30s, including current guys like Sheamus and Triple H.
While many have grown impatient with Ziggler's slow and steady rise to the top of the card, the fact remains that he's still pretty young in pro wrestling terms.
If this was pro wrestling or pro football, Ziggler would likely be pretty close to hanging up his boots.
But it's pro wrestling, and Ziggler probably has another five to 10 years left of being a major star.
4. He's in a Better Position on the Card Than He's Ever Been
Dolph Ziggler has never been a bigger star than he is right now.
Just two or three years ago, he was a very talented up-and-comer who had one World tile "reign" (that lasted just 15 minutes) and had spent most of his career competing for midcard titles.
But now? He's about as close to being established as a full-time main eventer/World title contender as you can get.
Over the last year, he's challenged for the World Heavyweight title, won a Money in the Bank briefcase, main-evented a pay-per-view against John Cena and lasted longer than anyone else in the Royal Rumble match.
Say what you want, but Ziggler is in a better position on the card than he's ever been.
He's feuded with guys like Cena, Chris Jericho, Sheamus and Randy Orton, and he's consistently found himself involved in some of the WWE's biggest angles.
If neither of those things were true, perhaps then we could start worrying about Ziggler.
3. His Talent
Not every uber-talented WWE Superstar reaches the level that he should.
But the more I watch Dolph Ziggler, the more I'm convinced that he's simply too talented to fall through the cracks in the WWE.
Ziggler has always been a great in-ring performer, but over the last couple of years, he's evolved into a truly elite one. There is arguably no one in the company that performs as well as he does on such a consistent basis.
What's truly made Ziggler stand out recently, however, are his drastic improvements on the mic.
He's gotten so much better as a talker over the last year or so, and he seems to get better each and every time he cuts a promo.
Ziggler, both in the ring and on the mic, is undoubtedly one of the WWE's most talented stars, and given the way he's been pushed in the spotlight as of late, the company is finally starting to realize that.
Though not always the case, talent usually wins out in the end. And Ziggler has plenty of it.
2. Almost All Heels Lose More Than They Win
"Dolph Ziggler loses way too much."
Although you could certainly argue that this is true, here's the thing: Almost all heels lose far more often than they win.
Aside from a few exceptions, the majority of the WWE's heels lose the vast majority of their matches. Just look at guys like Damien Sandow, Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes and The Miz, all heels who lost TV matches almost every week in 2012.
Dolph Ziggler has done the same thing over the last year. He's lost and lost, then lost some more.
But that's just the WWE's way of booking its heels, and unless you're a super dominant heel (like Big Show was late last year) or a crafty one (like CM Punk), you're probably not going to win very often.
Most fans can agree that Ziggler should win more often, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter as much as some think it does.
In the WWE, babyfaces win and heels lose. That's just the way it is.
Let's not get overly concerned about all of Ziggler's losses when he's just one of a boatload of heels that loses too much.
1. The Money in the Bank Briefcase
Concerned about where Dolph Ziggler might be headed?
Just remember that he holds the Money in the Bank briefcase, and then consider what that means for his future.
Of all the men who have cashed in their MITB briefcases, only one failed to win the World title, which virtually ensures that Ziggler will become World champion whenever he does cash in.
That means that he's a future World champion just waiting to happen, and at literally any moment now, he could go from someone who loses far too often to the holder of one of the WWE's most prestigious titles.
While the fact that he hasn't been booked all that great has made some fans nervous about his likely post-cash-in reign, look back at Daniel Bryan in late 2011/early 2012. He lost all the time before his cash-in, but he evolved into a huge star once he won the World title.
Ziggler may not be booked perfectly, but because he's holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, that doesn't matter as much as it should.
"The Showoff" is mere seconds away from becoming the World Heavyweight Champion at any given moment, and whenever he wins his first real World title, the fear about his position in the WWE should go away.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!