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December 10, 2012

Dolph Ziggler addressed his Ladder Match against John Cena

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NEWARK, N.J. — Never one for subtlety, Dolph Ziggler kicked off Raw in Newark, N.J.'s Prudential Center atop a giant ladder with his Money in the Bank briefcase suspended over his head, proclaiming himself to be "right where he belongs": the top of the world.

But self-aggrandizement wasn't the only thing on Ziggler's mind for once. The Showoff came to Newark armed with a barrage of verbal barbs for his WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs opponent, John Cena. Ziggler had few kind words to say about WWE's resident "golden boy" or their Ladder Match that would see Ziggler's coveted contract up for grabs, but he did issue a bold prediction for the 10-time WWE Champion: "I'm going to be the proverbial coal in your stocking," The Showoff sneered, vowing to outlast the Cenation leader at TLC before cashing in on Big Show and going on to become the greatest World Heavyweight Champion of all time!

There was at least one Superstar who found that statement to be a shameful thing indeed.

Ziggler hadn't even caught his breath when Sheamus' music thundered through the Prudential Center and The Celtic Warrior made his way to the ring. "Congratulations, you're finally taller than everyone else," Sheamus said to Ziggler up on his perch before affirming he would defeat Big Show in their Chairs Match for the World Title, Cena would prevail over Ziggler and the endgame of it all would be Cena vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Title.

Enter Big Show, who was clearly in no mood for any of this. "BLAH BLAH BLAH," the giant bellowed. He didn't exactly mince words when he addressed The Celtic Warrior. "I would like nothing better than to come to the ring right now and smear your ignorant, Irish immigrant face all over the side of my hand." Sadly, the No Contact Clause issued by SmackDown General Manager Booker T prevented this from happening, but Show had a few words for Ziggler, should The Showoff prevail against Cena and attempt to redeem his contract against Big Show at TLC: "I'll knock you out, too."

Sheamus, as always, wasn't fazed by Big Show's threats. "Where's your Christmas spirit, fella?" The Celtic Warrior asked, reminding the giant of last Friday's SmackDown when he used Ricardo Rodriguez as a human projectile to — his words — leave Big Show's "chestnuts roasting on an open fire."

And as for that pesky legalese that prevented Sheamus from rumbling with the giant? The Irishman had that covered, too. "Just because I can't have contact with you, doesn't mean I can't have contact with someone else," Sheamus snarled, setting his eyes on The Showoff and tipping over the ladder to send Ziggler crashing, chestnuts-first, into the top rope.

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