Well, it's certainly no coincidence that I chose this picture from last year's TLC pay-per-view, as it appears we may be seeing Dolph Ziggler and the MITB briefcase reunite.
Dolph Ziggler is 100% cleared to wrestle and WWE's reports on their website yesterday were for storyline purposes. WWE officials feel that based on the reaction he gets from fans, Ziggler is better off as a babyface right now.
There was talk of having him win a briefcase at Money in the Bank and cash it in to face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam.
Overall, I am hopeful that WWE doesn't force him to earn a briefcase in order to get the title back. The fact is, the "Showoff" has more than proven his worth and should continue on his main event track.
Should Ziggler be in an MITB briefcase match?
Not to mention, most WWE fans have grown tired of Alberto Del Rio's main event run and could stand for a few fresh faces in the World Heavyweight Championship picture. Personally, I feel like Ziggler and Ryback would have a great program together and could give each other the rub that current veteran stars have yet to do.
Let's face it: WWE has been putting a lot of stock in part-timers from the past to give the company some short-term juice. Meanwhile, its current full-time roster continues to do the heavy lifting, and very few have been rewarded for their work.
Sadly, Ziggler is one of those stars that is over with the fans and continues to job out to established stars that don't need his skills to put them over. Yet it appears that WWE is still not fully convinced that he is ready for the main event.
Ultimately, Ziggler is in his early 30s and WWE is running out of time to make him a top-tiered star.
Suffice it to say, if this continues, Ziggler will be on pace to become a modern day "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Fortunately for Ziggler, that is not necessarily a bad thing, as most wrestling enthusiasts respect what DiBiase did for WWE during his heyday.
In the end, we can only hope that the company will put more stock in Ziggler and push him to the next level.