PHOENIX – Dolph Ziggler really stepped in it. On SmackDown LIVE, The Showoff had been attacking both Kalisto and Apollo Crews individually for weeks. So cocky was Ziggler that he told the blue brand’s General Manager, Daniel Bryan, that he could defeat Crews and Kalisto in a Handicap Match. Well, be careful what you wish for. That’s exactly where The Showoff found himself at WWE Elimination Chamber, when he lost to the young upstarts in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match.
It’s hard enough to defeat either Kalisto or Crews in singles competition, so Ziggler knew going in it would be an uphill climb. Perhaps that’s why he mercilessly attacked Kalisto even before the match began. The ambush paid off initially as it was clear Kalisto was not 100 percent. As a result, the lion’s share of offense for his team would fall squarely on Crews’ granite shoulders. Although Ziggler’s effort was to be applauded, he simply couldn’t keep up with the numbers game. In the end, he missed a tag that made Crews the legal man. And the hulking Superstar took full advantage, leveling The Showoff with a Spin-out Powerbomb.
Ziggler, however, would not go quietly after losing. After the match, as Kalisto and Crews celebrated, Ziggler was determined to make a statement as he unexpectedly leveled the luchador, then nearly snapped Crews’ ankle with a steel chair. It seems that even in defeat, Ziggler would not be silenced.