Who's Next? 10 Guys Who Could Challenge for Dolph Ziggler's Beloved Title

The Jonathan CooneyyCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2010

Who's Next? 10 Guys Who Could Challenge for Dolph Ziggler's Beloved Title

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    I recently noticed that when the Intercontinental title is not on the line, Ziggler can never win a match.

    But when the title is on the line, he always finds a way to win, one way or another!

    Kofi Kingston and MVP are both a victim of what I am talking about.

    Ziggler needs to build prestige not lose it...

    Here are 10 guys who could put on one heck of a show for the title!


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    When Christian returns to action after his (legit) injury, do we really want to see him buried anymore by feuding with Alberto Del Rio, when we clearly know that Christian is going to be nothing more than a jobber in that feud?

    Christian and Dolph Ziggler had several interactions before Ziggler found gold. Most of their entertaining promos and matches were on Superstars, so not a whole lot of people would have witnessed it.

    It would be a real treat to turn on my TV and see Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler.

    Vince McMahon is already foolish to not have Christian as a World Champion, never mind a secondary champion!

    Christian proved during his four-year stint with TNA that he has all the characteristics that a legit champion needs!

    Christian has won the IC title several times and put on excellent matches against the likes of Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho and Booker-T for the title.

The Big Show

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    Big Show is on one of the best runs of his career to date.

    Recently in WWE, he has beaten CM Punk, the entire Straight Edge Society, and almost murdered Kaval in five minutes. He has also been named team captain along with several other promising match results.

    With all the history surrounding Big Show and of course Vickie Guerrero, can WWE really afford not to take advantage of it?

    Big Show is Smackdown's top face at the moment, and apart from Kane and Del Rio, Ziggler is the top heel. Isn't it just common sense to have them go at each others throats?

    Considering Big Show's age and WWE's current agenda to push younger stars, I find it highly doubtful we will see "The Worlds Largest Athlete" back in the main event scene.

    So the IC title may suit him down to the ground!

Chavo Guerrero

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    I really want to see WWE use this guy better than they currently do.

    A Dolph Ziggler and Chavo Guerrero feud could be brilliant.

    It could all start over Chavo's jealousy toward Dolph, and a major face turn could erupt and eventually cause one of the most underrated, surprisingly good feuds in Smackdown history.

    Chavo vs. Kaval a couple of weeks ago was great, and I was shocked to see Chavo pick up a win on a show other than Superstars.

    Chavo vs. Dolph could be what re-creates Chavo's career. The guy has immense skills, and WWE should show him more respect and allow him to retain his dignity considering everything his family has done for the wrestling industry.

Jack Swagger

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    Oh my god, Vince McMahon is a complete idiot, a bigger one than Zack Ryder and Santino Marella put together.

    Jack Swagger has all the tools to be the next Kurt Angle, and McMahon continually buries him like he is a gardener or something.

    Swagger has immense skills, and his ankle lock is amazing. He should not be in a higher division than the IC Championship, but now I believe that the former ECW and World Heavyweight Champion needs to start again from the ground up.

    Maybe a face turn would be good for him. What bad could come from it?


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    Just because.

Cody Rhodes

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    Ever since Legacy split I have been waiting to see Cody Rhodes as a face, and now is the perfect opportunity!

    After the breakup between Drew and Cody, WWE should have Cody attack and blame Drew.

    This will instantly start Cody off as a face!

    If you remember correctly, Drew is hated because of his backstage pull and all the viscous things he has done in the past to fan favorites like Finlay, R-Truth, Matt Hardy and Kofi Kingston!

    Cody is an athlete who has just simply been an asset to a poor tag-team division right from his debut.

    He needs to win a couple of singles titles before he can be taken seriously by the WWE Universe.

    Cody and Dolph would be an entertaining match considering they are both in love with themselves!

Chris Masters

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    How could someone so destined for greatness fall so low as to become a jobber to the likes of the "Dudebusters"? I have sympathy for this man.

    During Chris Masters' first stint in WWE, he feuded with stars like Shawn Michaels, Carlito, RVD and John Cena.

    Masters was a big deal back then and was not known for dancing muscles, rather for his lethal Masters Lock (Full Nelson).

    No athlete could break the hold, and now the WWE doesn't even allow Masters to use the move to the maximum like he used too.

    A few weeks ago on Smackdown, Masters jobbed to Kane, but he put on an excellent match and made Kane look brilliantly convincing in his victory.

    Masters is a good athlete and definitely deserves the opportunity to shine and become the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship.

Tyler Black

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    Tyler Black is a world-class athlete who dominated "Ring of Honor" and the rest of the indies before signing with WWE in August.

    He recently debuted in FCW under the ring name Seth Rollins.

    Now, Seth needs something to do other than lose to Michael McGillicuddy in FCW, and considering Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins (God, what a dumb name) are world-class athletes, why not throw them together and see what happens?

    I know for fact it would be as good as or better than Bryan vs. Ziggler on Raw.

    Fingers crossed it happens.


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    Shad is good on the mic, has a good look, a promising gimmick, and the right size to succeed in any wrestling promotion.

    Shad vs. Dolph may not sound all that appealing, but can we really bash what we haven't seen?

    Dolph is like Sheamus, not Brock Lesnar or John Cena; he is not a paper champion, so it would be interesting to see how Dolph would attempt to pull the wool over Shad Gaspar's eyes.

    Shad is back in FCW for further training, so it will be interesting to see how he will be used upon his return to the main roster.

    For me, the perfect way to return would be by making a face turn and attacking Ziggler during one of his boring promos.

    Let hope Shad does not end up underused like Benjamin or overused like Cena!

Daniel Bryan

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    I know some of you guys are probably looking at your screens saying "WTF", but hear me out!

    Since WWE ruined their tag-team and female divisions by unifying the titles, what makes you think for one split second they won't do the same with secondary champions Ziggler and Bryan?

    And if it is coming, the match is sure to happen at Survivor Series!

    Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan are two athletes on top of their games, but thankfully, not at their peak just yet. Hopefully we will be seeing a lot more in the future of what we saw last Sunday and Monday!


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