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BOSTON — Dolph Ziggler shouted at the devil, and the devil gave him what he demanded. The Showoff is once again United States Champion, following a thrilling victory over Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode in a Triple Threat contest at WWE Clash of Champions.
That’s some serious vindication for Ziggler, who was unexpectedly added to what had been shaping up as a one-on-one bout between Corbin and The Glorious One. Ironically, it was the rivalry between Roode and Corbin that gave The Showoff his biggest security blanket and provided him with the opening he needed to win.
The bout opened with Ziggler and Roode ganging up against the much larger Corbin to renew their own one-on-one hostilities, and The Showoff conspicuously made himself scarce whenever The Lone Wolf reasserted himself throughout the contest. Striking when opportunity provided, Dolph focused his efforts on The Glorious One until a Tower of Doom from Corbin left both challengers down and turned the match into a free-for-all.
Roode gained the upper hand by landing a Glorious DDT on Dolph that Corbin broke up at the last possible second by hauling Roode off of Ziggler’s body. The Lone Wolf decimated Roode with his chokeslam-backbreaker hybrid outside the ring, but Ziggler rallied, downing Corbin with a Zig Zag right as he was in the middle of executing the End of Days on Roode. With both of his opponents down, The Showoff covered Corbin for the three-count to become champion.
For some time now, Dolph Ziggler has been the litmus test for Superstars who come from NXT to Raw or SmackDown LIVE. Now, the locker room will have to do more than compare themselves to him. They’ll have to catch him.