After watching the TLC Ladder Match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler, I am left with many thoughts as to what was one of the best matches of the night at the SmackDown Live pay-per-view. While there were a few comments referring to this feud as one of the best – drawing comparisons to Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage – I define it as one of the better feuds we have seen in some time. Whether I am willing to define it as one of the greatest of all time is still up for debate.
The first thing I thought of is how very good The Miz is in the ring. The second was Dolph Ziggler is going to be Charlie Brown and every opponent he faces may very well be Lucy Van Pelt. If there was picture of a bridesmaid in the lexicon of professional wrestling, Ziggler’s name would be plastered across the term.
While I watched both wrestlers sell the match like it was the last time they would wrestle again, I remembered how important telling a story is to the value of a match. Has there been a better story told on the blue brand than the give and take of these two superstars? For everything fans may dislike about The Miz, the art of selling a match, defining its importance and putting on a show is not lost on the six-time Intercontinental Champion.
What happens now is anyone’s guess. This was the last time both will face off in the ring (until further notice) fans must wonder what happens to them moving forward.
I read comments earlier this week that The Miz will be great no matter what the situation may be. Ziggler needs a solid program to continue to shine. There are few left on the hit parade. The Miz could move on to face AJ Styles or take a flyer on Dean Ambrose or even John Cena. For Ziggler, the options are fewer. John Cena seems like a viable candidate, but with Cena more than likely to get a world title shot in 2017, it won’t happen any time soon. Randy Orton may be a possibility. So might Luke Harper. I’d love to see Bray Wyatt in a singles program with Bray Wyatt, but that can only happen when he and Orton drop the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
See – I told you this was tough.
Would WWE do the unthinkable and make them a tag team? It seems a bit odd but it has happened before (Cesaro and Sheamus). Would that further deplete the single’s division and who would wear Intercontinental gold (Baron Corbin). Both the red and blue teams are handicapped when a few like this is so solid – because there is little to fall back on. Ziggler was immediately thrust into the world title picture when the company completed the brand split. Now a run as company champion seems highly unlikely.
For The Miz, there is plenty of ceiling still to reach. The combination of the current champion and Maryse could lead to a run toward the WWE World Title if certain things fall into place. The man who I have compared to Tully Blanchard (with Baby Doll) in the past is doing some of his best work. Hopefully WWE does the right thing and pushes him toward the top of the food chain. Feud with Daniel Bryan aside, there is plenty to like about the character Mike Mizanin portrays.
I will be interested to see what happens on Tuesday night after the TLC pay-per-view. Who is next in line for both men? Will it lead to gold for Ziggler? Will it lead to a bigger move for The Miz? Everything is up in the air. But fans should be very happy they saw greatness Sunday night. Not the greatest match of all time, but greatness on both wrestlers’ parts to make it one of the greatest for the ages.