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Gratton’s World of Wrestling: FINALLY!

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It happened! My god it actually happened! Dean Ambrose FINALLY made his debut on the main roster!

Just when you think Ambrose’s debut is still a little way off – BAM! He comes from out of nowhere, along with NXT champion Seth Rollins (another internet favourite) and Roman Reigns, and puts Ryback through a table at Survivor Series. Personally, I’ve never been happier to see a perfectly good WWE Championship match ‘ruined’ by interference.

The IWC inevitably creamed themselves at the first sighting of Ambrose on main WWE programming, but hold on, wait a moment - even though they gave us the debut that we’ve all been waiting for, news from the back says that creative are *still* looking for the right opponent for Ambrose.

So, what’s going to happen? WWE held off, and then held off some more, on debuting Ambrose until they had the right programme for him – as recently as last week a WWE insider told not to expect Ambrose and Rollins any time soon (admittedly, this could have been said to throw people off – but why throw people off expecting two guys who haven’t been seen on main shows yet?). Now, Ambrose has made his long awaited debut, and it still sounds as if creative has nothing for you, Dean (tip of the hat to Colt Cabana).

Obviously, plans are for the three to carry on ‘invading’ and pounding on random guys – not just Ryback, they also beat down both Santino Marella and Tyson Kidd during their match on Main Event. You can tell the crowd was gutted to see that ‘classic’ end in a no contest...

Also, it will be interesting to see how much longer Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns will be linked with CM Punk and Paul Heyman – even if it’s just having them appear while Punk and Heyman are involved. Would it make sense having them involved together? Who would be the leader, Punk or Heyman? And not forgetting Brad Maddox, will he somehow be involved with the rogue NXT superstars? After all, WWE made sure to keep reference to Maddox during Raw.

If Maddox is thrown into it then, for the love of wrestling, don’t include him as an in-ring performer – having him alongside Punk, Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns would be the same as casting Adam Sandler in The King’s Speech.

Other Talking Points

Coming away from the overdue debut – WWE has given us other talking points, one of such being the continued push of Dolph Ziggler.
The sole survivor in his Survivor Series match against Team Foley, beating Randy Orton to seal the win for his team and looks set for a match with John Cena at TLC.

Ziggler always looks impressive, always.

At a recent live event in Nottingham, as part of the WWE’s world tour, Ziggler faced Cena in what was easily match of the night. Ziggler lost to Cena that night - maybe it’s time to stop making Dolph look good in defeat and make him look great in victory against the real big names. Yes, he beat Orton at Survivor Series, but in singles matches, rarely does Ziggler get put over.

That could soon change, and against Cena, no less, with a worked injury possibly opening the door for a clean win for the ‘Show Off’ over the face of the company. Why should Cena need an injury for Ziggler to be put over though? It’s plain to see that Ziggler is one of the best in the business right now, both in the ring and on the microphone – he’s money.

It’s interesting that Ziggler still hasn’t cashed in the briefcase yet though, maybe it’s because WWE holds the same opinion as me?

Dolph Ziggler has already outgrown the World Heavyweight Championship.

Think about it, what would he gain from winning it? Ziggler appears higher up the order than the title and regularly features on both shows. If anything, giving him the belt limits him.

If he was the world champion, Ziggler would appear on Raw in the same capacity as Big Show and Sheamus – then he would be condemned to having to play out his storylines on Smackdown in the midst of countless Raw replays instead of his current capacity where he’ll just turn up and work a match and the odd promo.

The WWE finds themselves between a rock and a hard place, as they wouldn’t want Ziggler to fail to successfully cash in, surely? The answer is no. So, that leaves us with the conclusion that you can’t give the belt to Ziggler, but at the same time you can’t afford not to.

Possible solutions to this predicament could be for Ziggler simply not to cash it in, thus letting the 12-month contract expire, or given the opportunity to trade his ‘anytime, anywhere’ world title shot for a booked WWE Championship match.

Both would render him winning the Money in the Bank pointless, but no more so than what the World Heavyweight Championship is now.

Aaron Gratton (@ABGratton24)

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Comments

  1. Sahu's Avatar
    Also, let us have Ziggler for WWE championship in on of the PPVs after WM...The same night he'll cash the MITB and become WHC...(ziggler can use his MITB brief case till next year's MITB ppv right??)..then same night he can go on and win WWE championship...

    he can claim he's the man who won both WWE n WHC on teh same night defeating both X n Y wrestlers on the same night...

    Cut to two months he can have a feud with Y2J..
  2. Dime Store Saint's Avatar
    How about Dolph wins the Rumble and thus has a chance to win both titles. He cashes in at Elimination chamber for WHC and then champion v champion at Wrestlemania (punk or rock). Gives WWE the opportunity to unify the belts and if Ziggler wins he can appear on both shows.
  3. Vondraco's Avatar
    DSS ... "he can appear on both shows?" Seriously the brand split is a joke nowadays, anybody can appear on any show.
  4. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    How about Ziggler wins the Royal Rumble after drawing first and shattering all records. He cashes in his case the same night. Then the next night on Raw, he faces Kofi Kingston and Cesaro in a triple threat title match where both belts are on the line, and wins. Then on Smackdown, he faces Team Hell No in a handicapped match and beats them for the tag team titles. Come Wrestlemania, he can defend all the belts in separate matches, wins them all. Then challenged the Undertaker for his streak, wins the match and ends that, then challenge McMahon and HHH to a handicapped match with ownership of WWE on the line, and he wins that, making Dolph King of Everything.
  5. Vondraco's Avatar
    DK, I'd pay to see that. Just to hear the exploding heads of wrestling fans everywhere.

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