Imperfection: How Dolph Ziggler Became The Worst World Champion in WWE History
To anyone who thinks Sheamus, Jack Swagger or The Miz are the worst world champions in WWE history...think again.
This past Friday on the 600th episode of SmackDown, two records were set. The first recored was for the blue brand becoming the third longest-running television show in history, and the second record was for a new all-time low in the long history of the World Heavyweight Championship.
After failing to beat Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship three times in a row, Dolph Ziggler was awarded the world title by the acting SmackDown General Manager, Vickie Guerrero.
Less than a minute after his official crowning, Theodore Long returned from injury and forced Ziggler to defend his title against Edge.
Within a matter of minutes, Edge was declared the new World Heavyweight Champion and Dolph Ziggler was kicked off of SmackDown.
Now I don't know about you, but the transitional reign of Dolph Ziggler will go down as the absolute worst World Heavyweight Championship reign of all time in my book.
Although Dolph Ziggler isn't the first WWE Superstar to hold a world title for less than a day, everyone else became world champion by actually WINNING the strap first, and then immediately losing it.
Ziggler was simply awarded the Big Gold Belt after weeks of losing his matches against Edge.
So not only does that make Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship reign one of the shortest in WWE history, but also its least prestigious as well.
The worst part is that the title reign does nothing for either Dolph Ziggler or Edge. The Rated R Superstar is now an 11-time world champion, but that is a record that many people feel he dosen't need or deserve.
As for Ziggler, by the time WrestleMania gets here, most people will have forgotten he once held a world championship in the first place.
There are many that will admit Jack Swagger or The Great Khali were lousy World Heavyweight Champions, but at least the fans can remember them actually holding the strap around their waist.
What we just witness this past week on Friday Night SmackDown was a sick joke. It was an absolute disgrace to the prestige of the World Heavyweight Championship, and has significantly hurt the career of Dolph Ziggler.
The momentum Ziggler received as the Intercontinental Champion in 2010 has been destroyed in a matter of weeks.
What WWE should have done was make Ziggler the World Heavyweight Champion at the Royal Rumble, and drop it to Edge this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber.
At least that would have given him some credibility going forward. But maybe the monkeys are behind the typewriter after all.
Don't get me wrong; I have nothing against Dolph Ziggler. The man has talent, and his Intercontinental Championship reign was one of the best in recent history.
I really hope he succeeds in the business, and becomes a true main-eventer with a real world title reign one day.
But if this is how WWE was going to make him a former World Heavyweight Champion, then he would have been better off not winning the title at all.
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