World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler? (photo courtesy of WWE.com)
At WrestleMania 9, The MegaManiacs (Hulk Hogan and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake) took on WWE Tag Team Champions Money Inc. (“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and I.R.S.). While The MegaManiacs looked to win the match and the championship, they were actually disqualified.
With the referee knocked out, The MegaManiacs had the match going their way to the point that both members of Money Inc. were pinned by both Hogan and Beefcake simultaneously. “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, who at the time managed The MegaManiacs, crawled into the ring and delivered the three-count.
While the fans and The MegaManiacs celebrated, another referee ran into the ring and promptly disqualified Hogan and Beefcake.
Later on in the show, Bret Hart lost the WWE Championship under questionable circumstances to Yokozuna. Seeing this injustice, Hulk Hogan promptly walked to the ring and accepted Yokozuna's challenge to an impromptu match. Winning the match and the WWE Championship, WrestleMania 9 ended with an unanticipated surprise.
Fast forward to WrestleMania 29 where similar circumstances are at play. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston could lose the tag team championship match early on the card only to have Ziggler cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase and win the World Heavyweight Championship.
This may not be the most surprising scenario, and some might even expect this; yet, it would take Ziggler and place him in a much more prominent position in WWE instantly. The WrestleMania 9 angle could work wonders for Ziggler and would probably be more popular than used with Hulk Hogan 20 years ago.