WWE Extreme Rules 2013: Dolph Ziggler Keeping the Title Is the Right Move

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2013


Due to an unfortunate concussion, Dolph Ziggler will be unable to compete at Extreme Rules in the World title match.

After this happened, WWE was left with two choices: have Ziggler keep the title and not have a World title match on a pay-per-view or they could strip him of the title and have Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio fight for it.

Even though nobody ever enforces it, WWE is supposed to have a rule where a champion must defend his title every 30 days or be stripped of the title.

This rule has been ignored for about the last decade for the sake of storyline, but for once it actually makes sense to ignore it.

Dolph Ziggler only just won the title after WrestleMania 29, and going that long without an injury only to have one come out of nowhere right before your first PPV title defense is probably the worst luck Ziggler could have had.

It seems like he's been cursed. He's spent 10 years clawing his way to the top, consistently giving his best performances and taking very risky bumps, only to have a botched kick that any rookie should have been able to land cause him to lose an entire day's worth of memories.

Concussions have been the focus of a lot of attention in recent years and WWE is right to have him stay out of action until he is medically cleared to compete.

If this was 20 years ago, Ziggler would have been wrestling a match on Monday Night Raw, putting his career and life in jeopardy by wrestling with a concussion.

Fortunately, concussions that are not severe are easy to recover from as long as you do what a doctor advises. As someone who has suffered more than a few during my time in martial arts and seen others suffer them as well, I can tell you that it is no walk in the park.

I never had one that caused me to have memory loss like Ziggler—at least I can't remember having one that bad—so I am sure WWE prepared for the worst when they heard his prognosis.

Luckily, someone in WWE had the foresight to say "Let's let Ziggler keep the title and just turn the Del Rio versus Swagger match into a No. 1 contenders match."

And luckily for that guy, Vince McMahon agreed. Hopefully Ziggler is able to bounce back from this, because his absence will be felt.

Ziggler winning the title was a great moment not only for himself, but for all the guys in the back who management have overlooked for far too long. He represents a lot of dreams that went unrealized for many former wrestlers.

He has been a heel his entire WWE career, but fans have grown to love him because of his extremely hard work ethic, penchant for showing off, raw ability and his patience in being brought into the main event scene.

A lot of other people would have quit a long time ago after being booked as inconsistently as Ziggler was, but he stuck with it through the bad times and it paid off.

Keeping the title on Ziggler while he recovers proves WWE does have faith in his ability, even if at times it seems as if he is being buried, dug up and buried again in a deeper grave.

Extreme Rules will definitely suffer by not having Ziggler on the card. He always gets a great response, negative or positive, and he always puts on the best match he possibly can.

As a fan of Ziggler, I am sad he will not be having his first PPV title defense on Sunday, but as his fan I am also happy he still has the World Heavyweight Championship.

Ziggler is in prime physical condition, but concussions can be extremely harmful regardless what your conditioning is like, so let's hope Ziggler takes the proper time to recover and comes back ready to keep tearing the house down.

What do you think? Should WWE have taken Ziggler's title away or were they right to let him keep it?


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