I find myself analyzing the direction of Dolph heading toward Mania every Tuesday morning. This thread will be more of a (hopefully fun) prediction than anything else.
So I've previously thought that Jericho was a top candidate for Ziggs, once he didn't cash at the Chamber. Than I thought we might have gotten Ziggler vs Miz. But, as seen on Raw it looks like Jericho and Miz are tied up in the IC Title picture. Sooo,
Dolph and Daniel Bryan have had interactions on two consecutive shows - Fridays Smackdown, and Mondays Raw. DB has a lot of history with AJ, and the two could certainly put on an amazing match. If DB wasn't a tag team champ, I would say this singles match was a no-brainer, but he is. Let's, for the sake of this discussion, assume that it will be DB vs Ziggler despite DB being TTC. I have read theories that, if this match takes place, AJ and Big E will screw over Dolph at Mania. This would be AJs elaborate way of getting back in Daniel's good graces. Here's what I'd love to see:
Dolph vs DB at Mania. AJ and Big E screw over Dolph after a lengthy awesome match, leaving him alone in the ring with his briefcase. Fast forward to Del Rio vs Swagger, match ends, Ziggler's music hits. He cashes in on his own and he wins. Michael Cole, "Dolph Ziggler lost his match, his girlfriend, and left with the biggest prize of his career!" Although he would pin Del Rio, I don't see how this wouldn't be a form of a face turn. With a big 'wrestling smart/international' crowd in the NYC/NJ area at Mania, I can't imagine the crowd wouldn't erupt for this. Ole El T Draino certainly will! ALL HAIL THE HEEL! Cue the jokes, I deserve them.