Dolph Ziggler wins again!
WWE's resident "Showoff" continued his winning ways Friday night, scoring a big disqualification win over Batista.
Sure, he was left lying in a heap by the end of the segment, but he still managed to escape the week with three consecutive victories and the greatest winning streak in wrestling (which means Brock Lesnar will return Monday night to conquer said streak and give Paul Heyman something new to brag about).
In all seriousness, Ziggler has been the recipient of so many start-and-stop pushes over the last two years that it is hard to get overly excited about this latest tease. Still, any time someone who works as hard as the former World Heavyweight champion does is given the opportunity to have a fairly successful week, his longtime fans are likely to rejoice.
His performance against Batista Friday night was very good and helped The Animal have one of his better matches since returning. From a logic standpoint, the fact that Batista had to resort to a low blow just goes to show how much of a threat he perceived Ziggler to be. As a result, fans see him the same way.
Whether Ziggler can continue to garner momentum and maybe step up in the wake of the Daniel Bryan injury remains to be seen. If this week is any indication, however, he is more than capable of doing so if given the opportunity.
The Sheamus character has been the subject of much criticism over the last two years, most of it directed at his comedic nature and lack of character development. As fans witnessed Friday, however, one way to rehabilitate the character's image is to have him tear through the competition.
Titus O'Neil ran his mouth prior to his match against the Celtic Warrior, drawing the ire of the audience. Once the bell rang, however, he was felled with a Brogue Kick and had his shoulders pinned to the mat in quick fashion.
The Brogue Kick is one of those finishing moves that can be executed from any position and can pop a crowd in the process. The creative team could easily help Sheamus recover by booking him as a no-nonsense competitor who unleashes his finish in short order.