After weeks of rest and time away from WWE TV, World Heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler has been cleared to return to the ring. According to Wrestling Observer, Ziggler has passed the mandated impact test and will soon compete in a match.
Ziggler has been out of action since he was accidentally kicked in the head by Jack Swagger during a match. The incident occurred when Ziggler leaned down to pick up a ladder that Alberto Del Rio had slid into the ring. While Ziggler's head was down, Swagger kicked him to keep him from reaching the ladder. The kick was too stiff, and it sent Ziggler rolling out of the ring. Despite several efforts, he was unable to finish the match.
In his absence, WWE was forced to re-book the planned Triple Threat Ladder match at Extreme Rules for the World title. Instead, Del Rio and Swagger competed in a groan-inducing "I Quit" match to earn a shot at the belt. Del Rio made Swagger quit and has been facing Big E Langston in a repetitive series of matches to kill time until Ziggler was cleared to return.
With the news that Ziggler is ready to compete, I expect the match to take place at Payback. Del Rio defeated Big E on Monday's episode of Raw, which was billed as the rubber match between the duo. Del Rio is not expected to win the match, though, as rumors have circulated it will be Sheamus and Randy Orton for the World title at SummerSlam while Ziggler will face a recently turned Big E in a non-title match.
Ziggler's return is much needed. He will be greeted with a babyface ovation from a crowd that was ready to cheer him even prior to the injury. A returning star almost always receives a big welcome from the fans and we shouldn't expect this to be any different.
Welcome back, Dolph. You've been missed.