Despite the excellent pay-per-view we all witnessed Sunday night, there was one thing missing; actually two things, but I'm going to focus on one.
Dolph Ziggler was not mentioned and did not appear at the event.
Some may have thought of it as a blessing in disguise that we didn't hear, "EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME! EXCUS......." I'll stop there, because your ears might be bleeding already.
I'm going to go off the record and say that the WWE had no plans for Dolph and his opponent Alex Riley at the WWE's second biggest PPV of the year. Nice way to develop new young talent, Vince. My mistake: you are too focused on pushing Mark Henry.
I digress, the relationship has been strenuous and a lot of tension has erupted over the past few weeks. Even last week, Vickie cost Ziggler a singles match against A-Ry and she ended up vacating ringside, screaming that she was finished as Dolph's manager.
If they were to appear last night, the situation might be clear, but in reality, we are left playing the guessing game. Is Vickie truly done with Dolph? Could this be the time the U.S. champion proves himself as a singles competitor with no help? Will Alex Riley become allies with the aforementioned manager?
So many questions, so little time.
Here are five scenarios that set up the rivalry of Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero.
This feud started a few weeks ago on Raw. Dolph Ziggler stated nobody could take the U.S. title off of him, because he much better than everyone else.
Out comes Alex Riley and he verbally attacks the champ the only way possible. Riley mentions the fact he has never won without Vickie at his side.
Personally, I cannot stand A-Ry, but he has a great point.
When was the last time we saw Ziggler successfully pin somebody without his manager in the corner?
This kicked off a decent feud with quality wrestling by Ziggler. The champ's comeback stayed the same, "Who are you?! Who is this kid?!" and it got under Riley's skin.
Last week on Raw, the two were set for a singles match. The whole showdown is shown above. Vickie decided to interfere in their match and it got ugly from there.
Yelling back and forth, pointless screaming aside, Guerrero swiftly exited the ring and claimed she was done with Ziggler.
If this is true, I see a determined Ziggler ready to kick start his career into another gear.
That is, if Vickie interferes, well, that is for another slide to come.
It took me a long time to find this video. These are the good ol' days when Dolph Ziggler didn't have a manager to help him win matches.
This could only mean one thing: Dolph has never won by himself.
What kind of superstar hides behind a manager his entire career? Superstars in the past had a manager, but got rid of them at a certain point. Edge was managed by Vickie Guerrero a few years back. In return, he won multiple world championships.
There is a big list, but eventually they said goodbye to the person who made him famous.
Dolph Ziggler is presented a big chance by WWE creative. He has all of the tools to become a great singles competitor.
We just witnessed on Raw, Vickie have a backstage segment with Jack Swagger. Before that, Swagger defeated Alex Riley with the help of Vickie.
It seems that Riley's push for the U.S. title is over and Swagger's is just beginning. If Vickie officially leaves Ziggler for Jack Swagger, expect the title to switch hands.
We all remember Edge using Vickie to capture the World Heavyweight championship multiple times. She even helped Ziggler capture the World Heavyweight title and the U.S. title.
If Swagger's push for the U.S. title is legitimate, Ziggler might be headed for the main event. I don't want to get too ahead of myself, but the stars are aligning.
Vickie could screw someone out of a title, yet again.
I mentioned in the previous slide, Swagger and Vickie Guerrero had a backstage segment, immediately following his match. Jack was putting Vickie over by telling the world how she is up there with Freddie Blassie and Bobby Heenan as one of the best WWE managers of all time.
I wouldn't call her the best, but she certainly is good. Just look at her track record and you will see her success.
There was a point in time, where Swagger made things real interesting. He asked Vickie to "expand her roster."
He never told Vickie to leave Dolph and side with him. Jack simply asked her to manage both superstars. This whole scenario will lead to a feud for the U.S. title. As for Riley, back to the jobbing, I mean drawing board for his character.
My prediction: Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger for the U.S. title at Night of Champions with Vickie Guerrero as the special guest referee.
Last, but certainly not least; the main reason for this slideshow. Among the IWC, there are cries for Dolph Ziggler to be pushed to the moon, instead of guys like Del Rio, Miz and Mysterio.
I cannot agree or disagree, because I feel Ziggler belongs up there with those guys. He could stand toe-to-toe with any wrestler in WWE and show what true technical wrestling is all about.
Okay, enough of my Ziggler praise, let's discuss his future plans.
As shown on Raw, there is a ton of tension between the two. My prediction in the previous slide is the premise for this slide.
After Dolph loses the U.S. title to Jack, (to rejuvenate his career) and he will come on the following night's Raw, stating he is done fighting for mediocre titles. He will then begin to fight for the WWE title or even split to Smackdown and become a contender for Orton's title.
Personally, I like the second option better.
Smackdown is in definite need of main event talent. Aside from Christian, Sheamus and a possible Henry, it is very thin on main-event talent. He could immediately feud with Orton or even Christian and put himself back on the track to stardom.
Remember, folks, Dolph will succeed all by his lonesome.
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