Years before becoming No. 1 contender to the WWE Title, Jinder Mahal gave the WWE Universe a shocking first impression.04/20/2017 - 16:00
The Prizefighter takes on a Louisville native in the first-ever "Face of America Open Challenge."04/18/2017 - 23:00
The Phenomenal One and The Lone Wolf clash in this week's main event, with Kevin Owens watching from ringside.04/18/2017 - 22:45
After coming up short in the WWE Championship No. 1 Contender Six-Pack Challenge, Sami Zayn is distraught at seeing another huge opportunity pass him by.04/18/2017 - 22:30
In her first match as a member of Team Blue, The Queen tries to earn a SmackDown Women's Championship opportunity with a win over current titleholder Naomi.04/18/2017 - 22:30
After being brutally attacked last week, American Alpha is out for payback against Primo & Epico Colon.04/18/2017 - 22:30
Get to know Tye Dillinger and find out why the WWE Universe loves the competitor they call "The Perfect 10."04/18/2017 - 22:15
The Ravishing Russian is ready to make waves when she joins Team Blue.04/18/2017 - 22:15
WWE Champion Randy Orton comes face-to-face with his new No. 1 contender before calling out Bray Wyatt ahead of their House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback.04/18/2017 - 21:45
Sami Zayn, Luke Harper, Mojo Rawley, Jinder Mahal, Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan square off for the right to challenge for the WWE Championship.04/18/2017 - 21:45
Take a closer look at the Superstar known around the world as The King of Strong Style.04/18/2017 - 21:30
Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods are on their way to SmackDown LIVE.04/18/2017 - 21:15
Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the hosts of USA Network's Team Ninja Warrior, talk about their experience at SmackDown LIVE.04/18/2017 - 20:30
After Wade Barrett attacks Randy Orton, The Viper takes out his aggression on Dolph Ziggler in the form a powerbomb.04/12/2017 - 18:00
Does “banking” on The Showoff make good fiscal sense?
In the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Championship Contract, Dolph Ziggler reigned supreme over seven other Superstars and claimed the invaluable prize. ( FULL STORY | PHOTOS) With 365 days to cash in his golden opportunity, The Showoff hopes to take his career to the next level and capture the illustrious World Title that proud champion Sheamus presently holds.
As Ziggler explained on Raw SuperShow July 16, he is self-assured and optimistic about his chances at wearing WWE title gold, ( WATCH | PHOTOS) as all the previous Superstars to cash in Money in the Bank contracts accomplished the lofty feat of becoming World Champions. However, when it comes to his odds at successfully cashing in his contact, “banking” on The Showoff is not necessarily a sure thing.
Sure, Ziggler is one of WWE’s most athletic and impressive Superstars. Sure, his incredible talent was on full display at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view — with Ziggler being launched all around the squared circle over tables, ladders and fellow competitors alike. Sure, the blond-coifed Showoff has “potential champion” written all over him.
But there are several significant roadblocks on Ziggler’s path to the title. Chief among these is a 6-foot-4, 270-pound brawler who hails from Ireland and likes nothing more than a good donnybrook. Current World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus — who has brawled his way through every challenger he’s faced — is one of the toughest Superstars in WWE history. Any road to the title passes through the Superstar with a shock of red hair as fiery as his temper.
Ziggler has been on the receiving end of Sheamus’ notorious fury on multiple occasions. The Showoff has had plenty of chances to sink The Great White — in title, non-title and even mixed tag team matches. But despite pushing Sheamus to the limit — and beyond — on several occasions, thus far he has come up short. Ziggler simply has not proven he can defeat Sheamus in a one-on-one match.
Luckily, with his guaranteed contract, he has the ability to use timing to his advantage, to choose his moment to challenge Sheamus — or whoever the champion may be, since Ziggler can wait until July 15, 2013, if he chooses. Most past Money in the Bank winners bided their time and waited for a weakened champion before choosing to strike. On Sunday, July 15, Ziggler appeared to be doing just that, but things did not go as planned for Mr. Money in the Bank.
As Sheamus celebrated his title defense victory over Alberto Del Rio at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, The Mexican Aristocrat and Ricardo Rodriguez sought revenge and attacked The Great White, prompting Ziggler to return with his newly-won contract. Before Ziggler could officially cash it in for a title match with the downed champion, Sheamus took advantage of a distraction from Del Rio and nailed Ziggler with a devastating Brogue Kick. ( FULL STORY | PHOTOS) It was a stinging reminder to both The Showoff and the WWE Universe that any time a Superstar challenges Sheamus — regardless of time and place — they are in for a fight.
When Dolph Ziggler said he was going to make history, he probably wasn’t thinking it could be as the first Money in the Bank winner to unsuccessfully cash in his contract. Time is on his side, but that might not be enough to carry the opportunistic contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. After all, someone has to be the first Mr. Money in the Bank to come up short. Will The Showoff’s quest end in disappointment? Or is the bearer of the blue briefcase indeed too “Zig” to fail?