Is it time for The Showoff to go solo?

Is it time for The Showoff to go solo?

It’s a simple and unmitigated fact of life: No matter how good, or how bad, all things must eventually pass. Even something as longstanding as the partnership between Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero must, someday, come to an end. With that in mind, can’t help but wonder has Mr. Money in the Bank run his course with WWE’s Queen Diva? Is the conniving Vickie Guerrero holding Ziggler back from true greatness or is she a quintessential part of his arsenal?

Alternating between being volatile and successful, Ziggler and Vickie’s collaboration has lasted since 2010. Their relationship has been fruitful — with Vickie’s guidance, Ziggler has captured the World Heavyweight Championship, as well as the Intercontinental and the United States Titles. Currently, The Showoff stands as Mr. Money in the Bank, a moniker that carries with it untold potential, putting the Superstar who wields the briefcase always just on the precipice of greatness.

But, some might say that Dolph Ziggler should be done standing on the precipice of greatness and that it is time, right now, for The Showoff to cement his place among the elite competitors of all time. To do that, perhaps he first has to cut ties with Guerrero.

It’s no mystery that Vickie is a self-consumed, power hungry force of nature, seemingly indifferent to everyone and everything but her own desires. We’ve seen Vickie put herself above her client’s needs in the past, perhaps never so blatantly demonstrated as on the June 29 episode of SmackDown. Vickie, acting as temporary General Manager, denied Ziggler’s appeal for both Sheamus’ Brogue Kick and Alberto Del Rio’s Cross Armbreaker to be banned in advance of The Showoff’s Triple Threat World Title Match later in the night.

Putting her own career aspirations above Ziggler’s very real chance to claim title gold, Vickie denied Dolph’s request, citing the fact that it would have made her look bad in front of the WWE Board of Directors. Then, to make matters worse, she slapped him, hard, across the face. Ziggler went on to lose that match, falling victim to the bottom of The Great White’s boot.

That’s been a recurring nightmare for Ziggler recently, as his numerous efforts to cash in Money in the Bank have all stalled before they ever really could get going — more often than not stopped dead by the Brogue. Clearly, whatever advice Vickie is giving her client is not getting the job done considering Mr. Money in the Bank is now more than two months removed from his Money in the Bank Ladder Match victory with absolutely nothing to show for it other than boot marks across his face.

Analogous in many ways to one of the most legendary Superstars of all time, Shawn Michaels, Ziggler’s young career has been filled with flashes of greatness. But in the case of the former Rocker, before he could go on to truly legendary status, The Heartbreak Kid first had to separate himself from tag team partner Marty Jannetty. From that point on, Michaels’ rise through the ranks was meteoric. The same can be said about the careers of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who stepped out of the shadow of “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, and The Rock, who broke away from The Nation, both to ascend to the top of WWE.

While we hope Ziggler doesn’t end his tenure with Guerrero in a fashion similar to the way The Rockers parted ways, the argument must be made for The Showoff to go solo. Ziggler and Vickie have had a good run, sure, but the partnership has run its course. All things must — and do — eventually pass, but sometimes they just need a bit of a push in that direction.

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