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August 24, 2012

World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler by Disqualification

In a match made possible by Teddy Long’s recommendation to the SmackDown GM Booker T (WATCH), World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus faced off in a highly anticipated battle with Mr. Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler. Though the Gaelic grappler showed no fear at the prospect of facing The Showoff, the titleholder needed to remain on his guard in case Ziggler chose to cash in his Money in the Bank Contract during the encounter.

Ziggler, brimming with confidence following his victory over Chris Jericho on Raw that left Y2J without a WWE contract, battled The Great White to a standstill, with the cocky combatant’s resourcefulness being neutralized by Sheamus’ brute force. Knocking the Irish Superstar down did not present a problem for Ziggler, but getting him to stay down did not go so smoothly.

A failed sleeper hold attempt sent momentum surging in Sheamus’ direction, but a late assist by Vickie Guerrero almost cost The Celtic Warrior his championship gold. Guerrero slipped the Money in the Bank briefcase to her client, who promptly used it to clobber his opponent. The tactic forced the referee to disqualify The Showoff, but left Ziggler with a golden opportunity to collect his guaranteed title opportunity.

The brash competitor initially declared his intentions to cash in his Money in the Bank Contract, but eventually changed his mind as Sheamus rose to his feet. Instead, Ziggler and Guerrero made a hasty exit from ringside, choosing to wait until the right moment to initiate their instantaneous challenge for the World Heavyweight Title.