Big news on the Dolph Ziggler front, as it appears the World champ is back on the road with WWE.
Saturday night "The Show-Off" reportedly made his first appearance since suffering a concussion roughly three weeks ago. The reemergence happened during a WWE live event after AJ Lee lost her match against Divas champ Kaitlyn.
According to a WrestlingInc.com reader, Ziggler's return went down like this:
WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn defeated AJ Lee at tonight's live event. After the match, AJ just sat in the middle of the ring. Dolph Ziggler's music hit, and he came out to console her. Ziggler said that the doctor did not clear him to wrestle, but he was going to watch Big E Langston defeat Alberto Del Rio in a No-DQ match.
The match happened next, but Ziggler and AJ were ejected from ringside after interfering.
Granted, this was not an official in-ring return, but it is a step in the right direction and hopefully means that he will be ready to go soon. At the very least, WWE can begin to build up his next feud and get some focus back onto the World title.
Any way you slice it, the company has some serious planning to do and needs to decide whether or not to strip him and start fresh or ride out the injury until he is fully fit to return. The fact is, Ziggler is rapidly approaching the 30-day title defense clause and could be forced to give it up without recourse.
Ultimately, it might not be the worst thing to happen to him, as it would keep him relevant and allow him to hop back in the main event picture when he is ready.
Overall, the company sorely needs this title to get back some of its prestige, otherwise there is really no point of keeping it around. That being said, there are former World champs currently in limbo who could easily feud with Ziggler or hold the title in his place, in order to keep the title relevant.
In the end, this appearance is just the beginning of Ziggler's road to recovery. At this point, all we can do is hope for a speedy return without any long-term effects.