Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston

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September 19, 2010

CHICAGO -- Dolph Ziggler doesn't have to worry about being counted out or disqualified when he has his girlfriend to help him ensure victory. Official SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero proved at Night of Champions that she may indeed be the key to her boyfriend Dolph Ziggler's success as the Intercontinental Champion used her presence at ringside to successfully retain the coveted championship against his bitter rival, former titleholder Kofi Kingston. (PHOTOS)

Ziggler's victory also marks the second time that Guerrero has helped her man defeat Kingston with the Intercontinental Title on the line. In their title match last month on SmackDown, it was Kingston being distracted by Vickie that allowed Ziggler to gain the upper hand and capture the championship.

Since his loss to Ziggler on SmackDown, Kingston has not had a fair opportunity to try and regain the title. Their rematch at SummerSlam was disrupted by The Nexus and two following rematches ended in Dolph Ziggler being counted out and disqualified, respectively, to retain the title.

As a result of Ziggler's underhanded tactics, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long decided that at Night of Champions, Ziggler and Kingston would have another rematch. However, if Ziggler was counted out or disqualified, he would lose the championship.

Kingston built up a great deal of momentum in recent weeks, earning victories over Jack Swagger and against Ziggler in tag team action. However, inside the sold-out Allstate Arena, Kingston forgot to factor in the presence of Guerrero at ringside, and that would ultimately lead to his defeat.

One thing also rang true following the result of the match: Dolph needs Vickie as much as Vickie needs Dolph. But the nefarious duo's relationship may also be inexplicably interwoven with the Intercontinental Championship; as long as Vickie helps him keep it, either directly or indirectly, their love may withstand every challenge.

Vickie also ensured that everyone in Chicago, and the millions of viewers watching on pay-per-view, knew that Dolph Ziggler was her man. The territorial cougar ejected her NXT Rookie Diva Kaitlyn -- who recently won a tag match on WWE NXT with Ziggler -- after she checked on the champion during the match.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Bret Hart and "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig have all held the coveted Intercontinental Championship on the path to the WWE Hall of Fame. Thus, it's no wonder that Vickie wants to ensure that her boyfriend holds onto the title and cement her legacy as part of his success.

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