Chris Jericho def. Dolph Ziggler

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August 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Inside the sold-out STAPLES Center, Chris Jericho did what he couldn’t all year – win under the bright lights of the pay-per-view stage. (PHOTOS | WATCH: POST-MATCH EXCLUSIVE WITH JERICHO)

From the start, it was a tooth-and-nail war between Mr. Money in the Bank and Jericho, who was battling through injured ribs following attacks by Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio on Friday’s SmackDown. (MORE) Going into the SummerSlam bout, there was heavy speculation as to whether Jericho could finally win "the big one." (FULL STORY)

Just when it looked like Ziggler had Jericho where he wanted, Y2J battled back with a Codebreaker, sending Ziggler from the ring and onto the arena floor. With Vickie Guerrero looking on, Jericho prepared to capitalize and put Ziggler away by pushing him back in the ring. But before Y2J could advance on Ziggler, Vickie grabbed hold of his leg. Shaking off Vickie’s grasp, Jericho charged at Ziggler, locked him in the Walls of Jericho and forced him to tap out of the painful hold.

The win was sweet vindication for Y2J given his absolutely rough year that started when he was eliminated by Sheamus in the 2012 Royal Rumble Match. That set a trend that continued for the months to come at Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania XXVIII, Extreme Rules, WWE Over the Limit and Money in the Bank.

With the win, Jericho, the winner of 30 titles, proved to himself – and the entire WWE Universe – that he is indeed "The Best in the World at What He Does."

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