WWE Night of Champions 2012: Randy Orton Defeats Dolph Ziggler

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2012

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photo by wwe.com

Dolph Ziggler versus Randy Orton.  This is what I’m talking about.

On a night when we’re all expecting John Cena and CM Punk to really do some work in the main event, Randy and Dolph went out there and, in essence, told those two to “follow that.”

Classic pro wrestling at its finest.  That’s what we wanted from Orton and Ziggler, and that is exactly what we got.

A match that was slow paced, but still dramatic, with both men going move for move.  For fans, this was a prime example of how good WWE can be when they are on the pay-per-view stage.

And what better guy to make it happen than the Viper?

Randy Orton, for any deficiencies he may have in regards to mic work or captivating charisma, is a talent who is very used to stepping it up and giving fans their money's worth.  

The bottom line?  He gets it done.

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As JBL pointed out on commentary, Randy Orton is a nine-time World Champion, and for good reason.

He is one of the best workers in WWE and in the business today.  Tonight, all of that history was brought to the ring to help a young man who is on his way to the top.

Dolph Ziggler, according to so many fans and writers, has seemingly been on the cusp of superstardom for the better part of six months now.  The only missing piece is that one match, that one rivalry, that would perhaps put him over the top and get him to that proverbial next level.

Was Randy Orton the Superstar to make that happen?

They have gone at it before, providing one very solid match after another, and now that Dolph has lost to Randy at Night of Champions, some fans may be asking if this is perhaps going to lead anywhere at all for Ziggler.

The truth is, those critics may actually have a point.

While one loss may not mean much in the career of a man on the way up like Dolph, this is not the first time it’s happened.

Dolph seems to consistently lose at moments that could potentially have been key to his future in WWE.  Just when you think he may be getting over the hump, he seems to go right back to standing still once again.

Some would argue he even takes a step back.

Is that what we saw tonight?

There is no shame in losing to Randy Orton. He is a main event Superstar who has worked with every top guy that has come through WWE in recent years.  He is no fresh face with a handful of wins.

But after Dolph Ziggler’s shoulders were counted down, fans were left shaking their heads, wondering what will happen now for Mr. Money in the Bank.

Well, that last bit said it all, right?

Yes, we’re all expecting Dolph to cash in tonight, to become World Champion, and take his place on that main event level that he has supposedly been heading toward for so long now.  But will we?

The night’s not over yet, folks.  Stay tuned.