Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston & Jack Swagger (Triple Threat Ladder Match)

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December 19, 2010

HOUSTON -- At WWE TLC, Dolph Ziggler retained his Intercontinental Championship over Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat Ladder Match that ended in unprecedented controversy. Match photos

With their golden prize glistening overhead, Ziggler, Kingston and Swagger fought tooth-and-nail amidst the unpredictable rungs of ruin, feverishly struggling to ascend a ladder before their opponents in order to snatch victory and ultimate glory. In the climactic moments, Kofi and Swagger both stood at the top of the ladder, simultaneously trying to yank the daggling title free. But, in a finish that left the WWE Universe completely breathless, the championship title suddenly broke loose, escaping both their grasps and falling to the canvas below. As time seemed to stand still, a scrambling Ziggler lunged for the gold, pulling it to his chest to steal the bizarre victory.

None of the high-caliber Superstars had battled in a regular Ladder Match before tonight's WWE TLC. However, their combined experience in Money in the Bank Ladder Matches -- Kofi competing in three, Ziggler in two and Swagger not only taking part in one, but triumphing to win the World Heavyweight Title five days later -- added tremendously experience to their already intense showdown.

Each fierce SmackDown grappler also brought his own potential for mayhem into the ring. Kingston's explosive high-flying style, as well as his ability to hit Trouble in Paradise from any position, seemed tailor-made for the high-altitude insanity of the Ladder Match. Swagger's infamous ankle lock and an arsenal of technically superior maneuvers were second only to his ruthless nature. And, Ziggler possessed an increasing notorious sleeper hold and powerful Zig Zag.

In addition to their tremendous skill, the incredible ability of all three Superstars to transform the simple climbing device into a weapon of "mat" destruction and a launching pad for outright chaos kept the WWE Universe on the edge of its seat from start to finish. With all the weapons that could play a factor in the outcome of the match, no one could have predicted that it would all come down to who had the surest pair of hands.

Though Ziggler held on to his coveted title, his questionable victory opens up the floodgates to incredible uncertainty. What will happen next in the ongoing struggle for the prestigious Intercontinental Title? Find out on a special live edition of SmackDown, this Tuesday night at 9/8 CT on USA Network.

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