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Inside The Wheelhouse: Is Ziggler vs. Bryan a future main event feud?

Wednesday 03rd, November 2010 / 06:58 Written by

Dolph Ziggler vs. Santa ClausIn the past week we may have witnessed one of those instances where we when we look back at wrestling history we remember this time period as the start of a historic feud, one that changes the course of wrestling time because it was driven by the fans rather then a creative meeting in the backstage area of a wrestling promotion. Have we witness the new recourse of wrestling history change thanks to the amazing praise an opening match received at the latest WWE pay-per-view? Is Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan really a potentially future main event feud on WWE television?

For some reason Dolph Ziggler is one of those wrestlers I never really noticed as being a potential future star until recently. It wasn’t until this past week when we saw three great matches take place between he and Daniel Bryan on PPV, Raw & SmackDown. The matches are being defined by some wrestling fans as potential match of the year candidates. Amazing that it holds that much regard as they come from two guys not really on WWE’s radar.

I truly enjoy wrestling moments like this where we look at wrestler differently due to one breakthrough performance in the ring. One of those moments I look back on as being such was in 1999 at the No Mercy PPV when Edge, Christian, Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy were elevated to a new threshold of superstardom in the WWE. Had it not being for that breakthrough match who knows what would have happened to any of the 4 wrestlers in the rest of their careers.

Another one of those moments was in 1994 at Wrestlemania 10 when we saw Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon put on a show in the ladder match. Had it not being for that ladder match would Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon/Scott Hall been so influential to the wrestling business as well as wrestling in the 1990s? It was a big breakthrough match that might have reset their career paths in the WWE.

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The same could potentially be said for the Dolph Ziggler/Daniel Bryan matchups from the past week. No one saw the good matchup coming and it took us by surprise. Now because of that, these two wrestlers are now looked at as being future main eventers and possibly taking these matchups to the main event level.

I always felt like Daniel Bryan had that “it” factor due to the American Dragon’s time on the Independent circuit and the cult like following he had when he first came into the WWE. If it wasn’t for the fan base that supports Daniel Bryan who knows if he would have ever been hired back as quickly as he was by the WWE. No matter how long it took you couldn’t hold back the talent of Daniel Bryan for long.

But someone who gets overlooks and underrated in the work ethic of Dolph Ziggler. He is the WWE Intercontinental Champion right now and is paired up with potentially the best heel in the WWE, Vickie Guerrero. It definitely appears that while creative sees something in his future star power, all that potentially was left was the reception from the WWE fans.

Well he has got that opportunity and has been noticed now by the WWE fans thanks to being paired up with another great wrestler in the ring with Daniel Bryan. It’s almost a shame that is feud may end sooner then we think due to them being on different brands. If they were on Smackdown for instance (because lets face it, it’s the wrestling show for the WWE), this could be one of those mid-card feuds that WWE fans eat up.

It’s been a while since we had one of those mid-card feuds that we knew would one day dominate the main events of WWE pay-per-views. One of those mid-card feuds that immediately comes to mind when I think of future main event feuds was The Rock/Triple H feud from the middle of 1998. They, like Michaels & Ramon, put on a great ladder match at MSG that stole the show and won over the fans. We knew at that time we were seeing a main event waiting to happen on WWE television.

I think it may be too early to say that with the Ziggler/Bryan stuff right now because we don’t know where the creative team will take it, but it’s there right now for the taking if the WWE want to capitalize. Had they not received such praise from the WWE fans would they have been doing the same match on RAW or Smackdown this week? In my opinion I highly doubt it as it appears this is one of those cases where the creative team was letting the fans drive the product.

When WWE listens to their fans in this instance the fans are usually right, would “Stone Cold” be as big as he was if it wasn’t for the fans really get behind him before the creative team ever did? The general recourse of wrestling history was changed by wrestling fans and not Vince McMahon. While he took it to new levels it was the reception that garnered the career path of one Steve Austin.

WWE needs to play their cards right and they may have blown it by giving us too much of it early. But in the same sense they could have been giving us just enough to quench our thirst for the time being. This current week of WWE programming will be crucial in where this could take us and take the future of these wrestlers.

Either way the WWE has done what they wanted to accomplish by making us look differently at Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan. They have gone from your general mid-card wrestlers to guys that are now upper mid-carders approaching the glass ceiling to main event material. When they break through that glass is anyone’s guess but when they do they are poised to be stars for the WWE.

Keep giving the fans what they want and they will come. Is it a future main event fued in the making? Time will most certainly tell. But for right now, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan continue to impress the masses with their great in-ring skills and that is a good thing in an age where entertainment seems to be more important then wrestling talent.

Keep giving us Ziggler/Bryan matches please! If you build it WWE, they will come!

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Eric Gargiulo is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009.

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