The ladder stipulation for the World Heavyweight Championship match at Extreme Rules 2013 favors the champ, Dolph Ziggler, more so than his challengers.
Ricardo Rodriguez's victory over Big E. Langston and Zeb Colter earned Alberto Del Rio the right to select the stipulation for the upcoming title match. Del Rio choosing a ladder match is a touch baffling because it makes Ziggler the favorite to retain.
The match gives Ziggler the upper hand in terms of interference and avoiding a loss by submission.
Considering how many non-title victories Del Rio owns over Ziggler courtesy of the cross armbreaker, wouldn't a submission match have made more sense? Instead, the champion gets to avoid defeat by either the cross armbreaker or Jack Swagger's Patriot Lock.
Del Rio essentially took away his and Swagger's best weapons. Yes, they can both apply their signature holds and damage Ziggler, but they can no longer be the instruments of direct victory. It's like Dwight Howard trying to play in an NBA game where dunks don't count.
Instead, someone is going to have to bash his opponent to the point where he can no longer prevent someone from climbing a ladder and retrieving the title.
Swagger showed fans a preview of the brutality he's capable of with a ladder in his hand when he clobbered everything in sight on Monday's WWE Raw.
All three men have won Money in the Bank ladder matches. So all three competitors know how to win this type of match. It's simple, though: Ziggler has the edge over Swagger and Del Rio. Both challengers have one person in their respective corner.
Ziggler has two.
With ladder match rules, there are no disqualifications. Thus, there is no reason why AJ and Langston can't be the determining factors for the match. AJ and Langston don't have to rely on the referee's back being turned.
They can affect the match in underhanded fashion anytime.
Expect AJ to distract using her shrewdness and short shorts. Expect Langston to toss someone across a ladder and bend it in half.
The numbers advantage won't make Ziggler look like a formidable champ. It may have the match end on an annoying, unsettled note, but it's the reason he'll walk out of the Scottrade Center with the title still around his waist.
Del Rio and Swagger have outside help. However, like The Shield so often does to its opponents, Ziggler's crew will use an unfair ratio to attain success.
Del Rio's choice of a ladder match for the world title bout is an exciting one for fans, but one that will lead to him and Swagger leaving Extreme Rules disappointed.