Examining What Breakup with AJ Means for Dolph Ziggler's Character

Sebastian Maldonado@https://twitter.com/#!/SebastianTSUFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2013

Photo Credit: Anton Jackson, Flickr.com
Photo Credit: Anton Jackson, Flickr.com

It’s official. Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee are no longer an item. It’s splitsville for these two!

Ziggler broke the Divas Champion’s heart on the July 15 edition of Raw. This happened after AJ inadvertently cost Ziggler his world title opportunity at Money in the Bank. Lee hit current champion Alberto Del Rio with her title belt right in front of the referee. It caused Ziggler to be disqualified, which resulted in their breakup the next night on Raw.

Ziggler had his rematch with Del Rio but lost, thanks to Lee. She went to the announcer’s area to ring the bell. This distracted  Ziggler, giving Del Rio an opportunity to kick Ziggler in the face for the three-count.

We felt AJ’s rage and Ziggler’s disappointment, which culminated in Big E Langston taking Ziggler out with the Big Ending. Maybe their dissolution was too soon, but let’s face the facts: Those two days did a lot more for Ziggler’s character than cashing in his world title at the post-WrestleMania Raw.

The key word is character. Fans fell for Ziggler because of his hard work. Plus, he was a great heel who knew how to get the fans to boo him. It was a natural arrogance he showed to the crowd that made fans hate him. Siding with heel managers also benefited him.

Now, we will see Dolph Ziggler on his own. We need to see more of the lone warrior from the show stealer. 

The WWE started the split slowly with Ziggler and AJ, leading up to Ziggler’s rematch with Del Rio. We started not seeing AJ and Langston at ringside. We saw Ziggler attacking Del Rio by himself. The lone-wolf mentality was the start of his face turn.

The fans cheering him in respect also helps Ziggler. Listen to the ovation he received when he won the title. It only grew at Money in the Bank, where the crowd in Philadelphia erupted for him. The fans care about Dolph Ziggler, but, frankly, he didn’t give them a reason to.

The fans cheered for him out of respect. They loved his work in the ring. They loved his matches, regardless of whether he won or lost. The breakup will not only bring more fans to Ziggler, but they’ll also empathize about his breakup, as well as his character.

The breakup with AJ will show a new side of Ziggler. It only means his character will grow from a one-sided heel to a full-fledged character. The face turn will work because the fans will really care about Dolph Ziggler.

Undeniably, Dolph Ziggler will succeed, and his character will grow because of the split from AJ Lee.