Is WrestleMania 29 Dolph Ziggler's Time to Cash in Money in the Bank?
A number of foes have already blocked Dolph Ziggler from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and now it appears that Glenn Beck, Zeb Coulter and Jack Swagger will get in his way come WrestleMania 29.
Ziggler beat out seven other men to win the Money in the Bank ladder match in July 2012.
He has since unsuccessfully tried to turn that victory into championship gold time and time again.
Ricardo Rodriguez recently snatched the Money in the Bank briefcase from Ziggler just as he was about to pounce on a fallen Alberto Del Rio. He was denied back in July by Del Rio as well. John Cena has also blocked him from cashing in, as has Sheamus.
Will the grand stage of WrestleMania be Ziggler's time to finally steal away the World Heavyweight Championship?
It appears that WWE has other plans. Strangely enough, it may be Ziggler's former tag team partner, Swagger who could stand in his way this time.
In September 2012, Swagger quietly left to take a hiatus from Raw after suffering a number of losses. He told General Manager AJ Lee, "I'm better than this."
Fast forward to 2013 and Swagger returned to WWE, soon to have Coulter by his side.
The momentum born from the controversy Coulter creates may earn Swagger a world title run. If that's so, Ziggler becomes the man looking in from the window at other folks celebrating.
Coulter's tirades about immigration and the deterioration of America has sparked conservatives like Glenn Beck to speak out against WWE. The Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger WrestleMania match suddenly has buzz beyond the wrestling world.
If an arrest for marijuana possession and driving under the influence can't stop Swagger and his mouthy manager, then Ziggler stands little chance.
Whether Del Rio fends off Swagger or the challenger becomes the champion at WrestleMania 29, fans could see this rivalry continue. WWE continually sticks opponents together, but it's not often that a pairing creates such a commotion.
Theirs is a story that irks fans often numb to WWE villainy. Swagger is Del Rio's ideal foe, the two men's gimmicks fitting together like two cogs.
Where does Ziggler fit into that picture?
Mr. Money in the Bank only stands a chance of swooping in for the title if he becomes a face, as a hero standing up to Swagger's bullish ways. It's far more likely, though, that WWE continues to explore what Del Rio and Swagger can create.
The longer it goes on, the more Del Rio looks the part of the hero to the people. The more Swagger incites fans, the more the chances for controversy-based buzz increases.
It looks like the World Heavyweight Championship picture doesn't have a seat left for Ziggler.
He may have to wait for the Swagger and Del Rio feud to cool down in the months after WrestleMania before he finds a way in.
Ziggler remains a man holding the golden ticket unable to find the right time to turn it in.
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