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WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Dolph Ziggler Wins MITB to Earn Title Shot

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2012

Courtesy: WWE.com
Courtesy: WWE.com

Dolph Ziggler has earned a future shot at the World Heavyweight Championship after winning the SmackDown Money in the Bank match.

Ziggler entered the ladder match as the favorite, given his sustained stay in the main-event scene over the past couple months and increased crowd support. While that often means a swerve is ahead, that wasn't the case as the “Show Off” secured the briefcase.

He defeated a handful of fellow superstars, including Intercontinental champion Christian and United States champion Santino Marella, to emerge victorious. He now holds a contract that he can cash in at any time for a title shot.

Ziggler will be hoping his next opportunity goes better than the last two. He battled Sheamus at No Way Out for the World Heavyweight title but was unsuccessful. He had another chance a couple weeks later on SmackDown in a triple-threat match and came up short.

History is on his side this time, though. No superstar has ever failed to take control of the title after cashing in the briefcase. Normally it happens when the champion has been severely weakened.

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All told, Ziggler deserves this opportunity. He's one of the best in-ring workers in the WWE and has really improved his heel character over the past year, leading to him moving up the ladder in terms of popularity.

An extended title reign is exactly what he needs to reach the next level. He has impressive promo skills but doesn't get enough time to show them off. Given more television time, he would excel.

Looking at the match's other competitors, it's clear Ziggler was the best choice to win. Cody Rhodes is the only other superstar with any type of case to make the main-event jump right now since Christian is already holding a title.

Rhodes hasn't been built like a championship contender in recent months, though. And everybody else in the match still has a long way to go before he reaches that level. Although it's always an exciting match, this year's version highlighted the lack of depth on the blue brand.

Regardless, giving the title shot to Ziggler was the right decision. Now fans just have to wait to see how long he takes to cash it in.

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