Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! This week’s Smackdown was pretty standard of what you would expect from the blue show, but Raw is the least eventful episode I have watched in a long time. Thus, it was a SmackDown Superstar who won WWE Wrestler of the Week. That is, if you still consider Superstars to be associated with one of the shows. This week’s winner is the former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler.
On the June 28th edition of Smackdown, Ziggler crashed Del Rio’s fiesta that was celebrating his title win. He attacked Del Rio and his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. In fact, WWE used this excuse to write off Rodriguez as he had failed the Talent Wellness Policy for the first time.
Then, on the July 1st edition of Raw, Ziggler had his first babyface match against 3MB member Jinder Mahal. Ziggler came to the ring alone. No AJ. No Big E Langston. This just shows that AJ and Langston will remain heel, while Ziggler turns. This was a squash match for Ziggler, but one that made it clear where his character stood.
Raw was not over for Ziggler after defeating Mahal and taking out all members of 3MB. At the conclusion of Del Rio’s match with John Cena, Ziggler climbed the ropes and caused a distraction. This allowed Cena to pick up the victory.
Although Ziggler won the award this week, I still believe he has some work to do as the babyface version of his character. He has attacked Del Rio during nearly every Raw and Smackdown since losing the World Heavyweight Championship. However, Ziggler has yet to deliver an impressive babyface promo. He has never been the greatest talker in the company, but he needs this to happen in order to be successful.
At WWE Money in the Bank 2013, Ziggler will get his rematch against Del Rio. I am concerned about this match though. For Ziggler, he is missing that big promo. For Del Rio, he is missing Rodriguez. Del Rio has never been over with the WWE Universe as much as Ricardo has and without his ring announcer, Del Rio is sure to become stale again.
Could this year be another time when a Money in the Bank winner cashes in the same night?
Kane did it in 2010 against Rey Mysterio after defeating Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight title. WWE seems high on Del Rio since they keep pushing him to the main event. However, it remains to be seen what the company will do now that Ricardo is out for 30 days.
Either way, Ziggler had a great week and he needs it to have any chance of reclaiming the World Heavyweight Championship.
Who do you think deserves the WWE Wrestler of the Week award this week? What does the future hold for Ziggler, Del Rio, Rodriguez and the World Heavyweight Championship? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!
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