First of all, I'd like to layout some clear groundwork before I dive into this topic. I absolutely enjoyed Zack Ryder's climb to relevancy. Although he doesn't know I exist, I was proud of him and the journey he took us on. That said, I consider myself a very open-minded, level-headed wrestling fan. I'm aware he is not a main-event-worthy, stud in-ring-performer at this point in time. So as you read this, kindly know that I am not blindly pulling for Ryder because of his catchphrases and merchandise sales (they are impressive).
A few months back at TLC, Zach Ryder vs. Dolph Ziggler for the title provided one of the best moments of the year for me. Ryder reached the mountain-top, while Ziggler proved, yet again, that he is in a class of his on as a performer. These two were hot, their characters were intriguing, - on Raw each week and on Ryder's youtube show. The US Title really meant something. So did this momentum carry them toward Wrestlemania?
1. Dolph instantly climbed into the main event scene (perhaps too fast, but oh well). He cut an AWESOME promo on Mic Foley, and a handful of others during his feud with CM Punk. On the mic and in the ring, I felt like he was clicking on all cylinders- edgy, cocky, but sharp as hell. He loses to CM Punk at the next PPV, ole Johnny overshadowed that feud anyway, but Dolph again looked great in defeat. Since then he has become less and less of a player in the Monday Night Games- less promos, less singles matches. We're a month from Wrestlemania, and it's shaping out to be Dolph in a TAG match in a bland, undervalued tag division. WHY? Creative really couldn't find a decent feud for a guy like Ziggler? They've been working the Vicky Swagger triangle for MONTHS, I'd much rather see those two turn on each other and fight at Mania in a well-wrestled singles match - then a last minute, thrown-together meaningless tag match. Do we even want Dolph to win the tag titles? Wouldn't it just postpone his entrance to the main event scene? He's clearly ready in my opinion.
2. This is getting long, so I'll keep Ryder's section brief. He wins the title, they throw him into a cheesy storyline with Eve. He loses the title to Swagger in a 'match that he wasn't cleared for', only to never get it back or address that angle. The US title has now basically been passed from Zigs to Swags with Ryder as the middleman. The US Title lost all of the value and allure Dolph worked so hard to earn it. Now, it's seeming like no Ryder at Mania. Meanwhile, Kane is just randomly destroying the tag division. So Ryder and Kane both need Mania opponents- Kane used Ryder, ruined his relationship, and put him out of commission, but it doesn't seem logical to have them fight? I'm sorry that I am venting at this point, but what is creative doing here? Honestly.
Long story short, two stars were shining bright as hell a few months ago, and the WWE is just letting them fade. Worst part is, they could be utilized, right now, in interesting stories. Instead they'll be hardly memorable at this years Mania. Thoughts?