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Dolph Ziggler, the WWE World Title, and Other SummerSlam Thoughts

Lana’s boyfriend is back and Rusev is now in trouble.

OK, I have been wanting to use that line for a while. I never thought I could use a song by The Angels in a wrestling blog, but history has been made. The wrestling world can sleep a little better now that we know Dolph Ziggler is back in the WWE and the inevitable confrontation between he and Rusev is finally going to happen.

Somehow, I wish it wasn’t. If there was a match that looks good on paper, but will probably look bad in the ring – given both Lana and Summer Rae figure to be involved somehow, this is it. Frankly, both WWE stars deserve better. Rusev has fallen from a former United States Champion to wrestling in essentially a mixed tag match against one of the best performers in the business today, who also happens to be involved in a love tryst that has less chemistry than AJ Lee and CM Punk on screen.

Sorry, I had to throw that one in there.

Now that Ziggler has made his triumphant return to action (after an injury at the hands of Rusev and a crutch to the throat), is this the fate bestowed upon him from now on? Will Ziggler, who works harder than one on the WWE roster, other than maybe Daniel Bryan when he is in action, be the fall guy who has to work sad programs to remain relevant on television?

Gosh, I hope not. What a waste of talent if that is the case.

Ziggler was battling Daniel Bryan to claim the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania in one of the better ladder matches we have seen in some time. Like I said, no one works harder and no one sells for his opponent better than the former World Title holder. You would think with the lack of faces on the roster the company would make a push for him to get some crack at a title or a better program. After all, isn’t Ryback holding the Intercontinental Title right now?

In wrestling, beating your opponent is not as important as your opponent selling for you. It’s a lost art form that Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat, Ricky Morton and Ric Flair all made famous. CM Punk was great at selling for The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, and John Cena. But looking at the current WWE roster, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose get it. Others, not so much.

NO CLEAR WINNER

I suspect there will be a lot of interference in the WWE World Title match featuring Seth Rollins and John Cena, which will lead to a rematch at Night of Champions. Now that John Cena has put it out there that he intends to tie Ric Flair’s 16 world title reigns and took jabs at Triple H while doing it, you can expect the COO of the WWE to be involved in this match one way or another.

This is also a match which could go long – similar to the 30-minute ballet Cena had with Cesaro earlier this month. This is also a match where there is no clean winner and controversy will erupt. Gosh, when is the last time that has happened in a title match (note the sarcasm)?

There will be no resolution on Sunday night. Rollins way win the battle, but in the end, Cena will win the war.

HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE AIN’T MY BROTHER

In what I think could be the surprise of the night, look for there to be some kind of drama in the tag match between Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. The Wyatt Family.

Could there be a rift between Reigns and Ambrose? Will the members of Happy Days have a falling out?

Reigns has essentially been Ambrose’s sidekick for the better part of the past month, so it only seems fair to reason that he will turn on his “brother” in crime.

This won’t result in Reigns joining the Wyatt’s, which makes no sense at all, but it does mean that the wrestler who has been the biggest disappointment on the WWE roster this year will turn heel, get major heat from the fans, and finally realize his potential as a future world champion.

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