Over/Under: Dolph Ziggler Will Be WHC at Summerslam

Chris FeatherstoneFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2013


Waiting nearly nine months to make the pivotal decision, Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase against Alberto Del Rio the night after WrestleMania 29 to become the World Heavyweight Champion for the second time.

During his time as Mr. Money in the Bank, his win-loss record was quite unimpressive. However he did manage to engage in a feud with John Cena in the latter part of 2012, even defeating him in a match to retain his briefcase.

Since becoming World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler has not shown signs of being a top guy. His promos on SmackDown have been lackluster, barely garnering any form of pops. The Jersey crowd was an entirely different breed. As a result, we have seen signs of a Dolph Ziggler who is not as acclaimed as he was heralded to be on April 8.

So this leaves the question—will Dolph Ziggler lose the World Heavyweight Championship before Summerslam, or will he successfully defend it at the pay-per-view?

Frankly, I have said this for a number of months now. Dolph Ziggler is not a top draw. His athleticism is impressive, his ability to sell is incredible. However, the buck stops there.

This was not always the case, though. Ziggler garnered a significant amount of heat when he was aligned with Vickie Guerrero. For a number of years, Vickie Guerrero was the most hated member of the WWE roster, and Dolph Ziggler received much of the backlash of Guerrero's jeers. That could have propelled his career past wrestling good midcard matches against Kofi Kingston and John Morrison.

I still say his feud with CM Punk that culminated at the 2012 Royal Rumble was around the time that Ziggler could have really cemented himself in the main event scene. The match was very good, and even if he lost, he could have easily migrated into the World Heavyweight Championship picture.

So as far as the over/under, I don't see Dolph Ziggler holding on to the World Heavyweight Championship for four months. The WWE dropped the ball during his alliance with Vickie Guerrero, and AJ Lee and Big E. Langston are nothing but excess baggage to prevent Ziggler from ascending past an Internet darling.

Yes, Ziggler is good—but we will see that he doesn't have what it takes to be a legitimate main eventer.

What do you think? Over or under regarding Dolph Ziggler being WHC at Summerslam?

Over—he will have the title by Summerslam, under—he will lose the title before SummerSlam.

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Chris Featherstone is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, as well as a writer for WrestlingInc.com. Call in live on the Pancakes and Powerslams wrestling talk show Tuesdays at 11p.m. ET.