Hi, I’m Derek Denny.
On the March 7, 2011 episode of WWE Raw, we saw Dolph Ziggler make his debut as the newest member of the Monday Night Raw roster. Because the former wrestling national champion switched over from Friday Night Smackdown to Monday Night RAW so recently, many would argue that to expect Ziggler’s name to be called during the 2011 WWE draft would be ludicrous.
To these people, I answer, "Yes." It is highly, highly unlikely that Dolph Ziggler will be drafted.
That being said, I feel it is necessary to remind ourselves that this is the WWE. Dolph Ziggler, the subject of this article, was made world heavyweight champion by the WWE for a little more than 10 minutes.
Can anyone explain to me why the WWE would do that?
What sense does it make to strip Edge of his world heavyweight championship, have Vickie Guerrero present it to Ziggler, then have Edge win in back very shortly thereafter?
Nevertheless, this is the WWE, and we as pro wrestling fans should have learned by now to expect the unexpected.
Getting back to the 2011 WWE draft, I can say in full confidence that Ziggler will remain a part of the RAW roster. Why, then, one may ask, does an article even need to be written about Dolph pertaining to the draft?
Sit back and I’ll tell you why.
Take a look around at the numerous mock drafts here on Bleacher Report. Almost all of them (including my own) have Randy Orton making the trip over to the blue brand. Unlike Triple H, Orton must be willing to work Tuesdays.
With Orton likely moving to Smackdown, what other big names are we left with on Monday nights? We have the WWE champion, The Miz, the soon-to-be champ (because we all know it is going to happen sooner or later) John Cena, CM Punk, John Morrison and a whole host of guys fighting for spots in the midcard.
Even among these four wrestlers, some might argue that not all of them are main-eventers or that they even have main-event material.
Here is what I present to you, dear reader: The 2011 WWE draft will set up a tremendous opportunity for Dolph Ziggler on Monday Night RAW.
If it is possible, think back to the matches that took place in the past between Cena and Ziggler. Their match on the December 20, 2010 episode of Monday Night RAW would do.
It might just be my own personal opinion, but these two have the ability to put on quite a match together. It is a commonly accepted belief that Cena is no in-ring technician, whereas I have heard many call Ziggler things such as the best bumper in the business.
His in-ring abilities are definitely of a high caliber.
I am not predicting an immediate feud between Dolph Ziggler and John Cena for the WWE title. It is a safe bet that Cena will be chasing The Miz for his WWE title (or vice versa, depending on how Extreme Rules goes) well into the summer. However, what Ziggler’s track record as a performer shows us is that the WWE has high hopes for this man.
Forget Ziggler’s new “look.” The difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut is two weeks. The hair will grow back. His skills still remain.
And besides, the fact that the WWE wanted to change up his character and give him a new “look” in the first place means that they care about the direction in which his character heads. We should also remember that technically Ziggler is a former world heavyweight champion.
So is The Great Khali, but I dare anyone to convince me that The Great Khali is a better wrestler and has a brighter future than Dolph Ziggler.
The time for the former Spirit Squad member to rise to the top of the WWE’s ranks is now. Ziggler’s past booking and actions by the WWE show us that they expect good things from this talented performer. He is currently on the company’s A show and has the opportunity to reach a wider fanbase than he ever did on Smackdown.
I’m not arguing that Dolph Ziggler will be the next John Cena, or even that Ziggler will win a world title anytime soon.
What I am arguing is that the 2011 WWE draft is going to leave a lot of open spots on the Monday Night Raw card, and Dolph Ziggler is just the man to fill those spots.
With Edge’s abrupt retirement, the WWE is in panic mode and feels that Friday Night Smackdown is a sinking ship in need of a great rescue, which is why RAW will be deprived of such great talent come draft time.
Not to mention, summer time is soon approaching, a time in which WWE viewer ship tends to decline and the WWE takes more chances with who they feature as their “main guys.” Take the CM Punk/Jeff Hardy world heavyweight championship feud that occupied all of the 2010 summer.
In the 2011 summer and beyond, expect Dolph Ziggler to be the guy the WWE takes a chance on in the main event scene, expect it to be all made possible due to the 2011 WWE draft and expect him to perform admirably.