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Doing Time: Dolph Ziggler


America has thing for prison. I’m not talking about the link between capitalism and the Prison Industrial Complex, or the fact that our prisons house more inmates than anything other country a few times over. I’m referring to our culture’s viewing habits. Shows like Oz, Prison Break, and recently Orange is the New Black have all received rave reviews from critics and loyal followings from respective audiences. It’s a perplexing paradox as most who watch those shows would rarely find themselves in that situation where they would facing federal jail time. I say that because one of the best wrestlers in the WWE is metaphorically doing time. A few days ago, Dolph Ziggler mentioned that he’s neither where he’d like to be, nor has he competed in the usual manner that made crowds like him. This is no surprise (we wrote about it) to most wrestling fans who understand that he’s being punished, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Ziggler said in a scripted interview that the cream rises to the top, channeling this guy. He picked up a clean win over Dean Ambrose on Raw. Barring a defeat suffered at the hands of Daniel Bryan (one of the company’s top faces) back on the September 9th episode of Raw, Ambrose hasn’t suffered a pinfall loss in a one on one match, since becoming US Champion. Then in the Smackdown Gauntlet, he lost by countout and not pinfall. Looking at the future, let’s look at Ziggler’s punishment in a different light and examine the potential aftermath.

kennedyFortunately, Ziggler steered clear of the punishment that befell Mr. Kennedy. After a wellness violation that ruined a potentially career-defining angle and an incident in a match that involved Randy Orton, (botched back suplex) Mr. Kennedy was released from the WWE. His release was heavily influenced by certain wrestlers, but still his punishment for his offense was the ultimate one, and he hasn’t been back in the WWE since. He’s since become a mainstay in TNA and spoken out about why he was released.


kofsStill, hopes are that Ziggler’s punishment doesn’t resemble the one that stifled the career of Kofi Kingston. The eternally-middling character, Kofi Kingston should have been a player in either Main Event scene by now with his up-tempo wrestling style, fan-friendly gimmick, and well-rounded disposition as a wrestler. However, a key mistake may destine Kofi for endless mid-card matches and importance. After a match in 2010, with a certain wrestler, during the push that many had been waiting for Kofi was repeated shouted at and put down in a way that seemed to veer of course from the script. After doing some digging, the IWC realized that the heat was real. As a result of that episode, Kofi’s push fizzled and he hasn’t been pushed since. We can only hope that Ziggler’s punishment is transient, and that any designs on the US title are scrapped or end in an Ambrose victory so as to keep Ziggler available for a run at the WHC.

tripsThe ideal situation for Ziggler, the WWE, and the viewing public in the aftermath of the punishment is the follow the career trajectory set out by Triple H. All wrestling fans over the age of 21 know about the MSG incident, which caused Triple H to take a backseat for a number of months after he, HBK, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash all broke character at a time when such actions were anathema. Triple H was the only wrestler who could afford to suffer for kayfabe break and he did. But after he served his punishment, he was put back on the path to lasting success, being a part of the DX, ascending to leader, and then being a crucial part of the McMahon-Helmsley Era. The rest is history. Ziggler needs to be put back on the path back to stardom after finishing out whatever punishment has been metted out for him, because he’s the type of wrestler who can be the popular, memorable, go-to guy when it comes to angles, feuds, and title hunts. His charisma is conspicuous, his ring work is excellent, and the crowd loves him.

In the endless search for new stars, Ziggler was making a name for himself before he was sidelined with a concussion and then subsequently punished for something he said. But Ziggler has the deep commitment, passion for the business, and “it” factor that it takes to become a mainstay in the industry. He’s already frequently discussed as one of the best in the WWE along with Punk, Bryan, and Cesaro and in this climate wrestlers who speak their minds tend to actually gain more support from the audience. Ziggler’s post-punishment rise has a precedent, so let’s hope that the E allows him to get back on track to becoming the Main Event player that he should be.

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  • Macho Man

    I hope Vince remembers HHH didn’t always fall in line with the WWE Machine either. It’s kind of nice in my opinion to have a wrestler actually speak his true feelings on topics. I do understand there is a point where you step over the line but I don’t think Ziggler crossed that line(apparently Vince does though). With Cena and Sheamus out right now and down two faces you would think this would be the perfect time to push Ziggler as a face to the moon but what do I know? However I am tired of waiting for Ziggler’s push and it’s crossing into the land of the absurd to me. Tick, tock, tick, tock and we all just keep waiting!

    • Tsall13

      nothing to do with falling in line anymore… it’s about making Vinces pockets deeper which Ziggler doesn’t do… he sells next to nothing merchandise wise… he has no catch phrase to sell… he has horrible colors for gear and shirts… he’s just a great worker and high mid carder for life… he needs to be repackaged in a more aggressive way plus get some new gear and change up his dumb colors… also get rid of show off as his phrase it just doesn’t sell on pink shirts sorry to say but no guy wants to sport a hot pink shirt with that on it… kinda fruity and stupid…

      • Macho Man

        I would agree with you on some points and not others. (A) I don’t really see the problem with Ziggler’s use of the color pink especially because he also wears other colors such as blue and white. Pink has actually been the primary color of a couple WWF/WWE legends Bret Hart, Jessie Ventura. I wouldn’t call Rick “The Model” Martel and Adrian Adonis legends but pink were they’re primary colors as well. Savage and Flair also wore pink sometimes. I’m not really hung up on his wearing pink because not everyone needs to be wearing black. Also women buy shirts as well and they give you a blue option on his shirts if you don’t want pink. I would also state that of current WWE Superstars after Cena, Punk, Bryan, and maybe Orton I see more Ziggler shirts in the crowd then that of any other wrestler. (B) The catch phrase thing I agree with you on as he needs one. I think if WWE pushed his charcter more and marketed him as a modern day Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels or Rick Rude which I think he would be perfect as,more of his merchandise would start selling. Bottom line to me is WWE/Vince will usually make money off of things that they put money and push into. Dolph is over enough right now with the crowd and they continue to jack around and waste time in regards to pushing his character. Mainly because he did two things Vince hates, got hurt and spoke his mind. Now as sad as it is Dolph has to realize this is what happens when you say things the BOSS don’t like. I hope he has learned that and I hope Vince has just about gotten over it. It does look like Dolph is through the bulk of his punishment. The time for Dolph’s push was many months back but NOW is better then never.

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    Dolph Ziggler will be a main event player again.

  • Bite Me You Loser

    WWE is overkill when it comes to punishment. They better hope that all their current cash cows don’t milk out soon.

  • jcice13

    so what did Ziggler say that put him in this dog house

    • Tsall13

      he talked crap about Orton in an interview over SS weekend saying the heads of WWE rather back up a guy who carries two strikes over his head and gets into constant trouble in public areas which was all true but sorry to say Ziggler to me isn’t Punk or Bryan and needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut… he should blame Swager for being high during that punt kick that sidelined his push and not HHH for keeping the locker room from being a bunch of back talking juveniles… you allow Ziggler to talk crap then you’re showing you have no spine as the future boss… Ziggler has all the talent in the world but you all have to remember what makes you a main event player besides putting on great matches is being able to sell merchandise and sorry to say this but he sells absolutely nothing compared to the 4 top guys now… Vince sees no money in him and he won’t ever get a WWE title push as long as he’s CEO…

      • jcice13

        well then if that’s true and I’m not saying it isn’t, then Dolph is a moron, he knows the lay of the land, he has been with the company long enough to know that what he said is wayyy out of line, and personally? I would have let him go, he needs them they don’t need him, I’m not saying he isn’t a really good performer because he is, but like you said he doesn’t sell hardly any merchandise and there are a number of guys who can step right into his spot with more to come, so maybe now he’ll have a decent push and shut up

  • fj2305

    Ziggler’s in ring performance is like HBK’s DAMN IT, he is pure gold for any company and the wwe should re-push him in the future, just sayin’!!!

    • godngreatnwoo

      Zigglers great but hes no shawn michaels but he sure takes bumps better then any wrestler EVER

  • SdotC

    This article literally has no point. I’m sorry to constantly knock this site for it’s Bleacher Report articles, but come one! They promised over and over that’s not what this change was going to be… so what IS it then? These articles are even worse, less professional, and more poorly written than BR, and they’re just pointless. We already know Dolph is in the dog house, it’s been written on this site like a dozen times, and this article literally accomplished NOTHING. Ugh

    • godngreatnwoo

      Ok you got a point but if thats how you feel why click on the article just saying

      • SdotC

        Because I didn’t know what it was going to say. Maybe it was going to offer some insight, something to spark a constructive thought, or a new perspective on the issue. Rather, the article itself is the same as the comments on it, and that doesn’t constitute a “professional, exclusive article”.

        • jcice13

          this ISN’T a professional site, it’s just a bunch of nobodies cutting and pasting and a few columns that give the writers opinions, at best it’s a hack area LOL but it is a place where we fans can go and talk and vent, but bro come on you actually think you’re going to find much in the way of thought provoking writing?

          I agree with you, when we see a headline for a column of course we’re compelled to read it because we expect to see something that would be a concept where we the readers can share ideas but I never expect much of anything and when that rare time arrives and there’s something well written? I am happily surprised as I bet you are as well right?

  • Devon

    Anyone over 21 knows. I’m 15, I knew that & know almost everything from 1985-present

  • Panama Stallion

    Dolph Ziggler AND Kofi Kingston need to be placed back into the main event scene. They are great wrestlers, charismatic, excellent on the mic (yeah kofi had issues at the beginning of his career, but has improved by superman-sized leaps and bounds) and are just plain fun to watch. Dolph needs to be repackaged slightly, more in the vein of a Mr. Kennedy/Shawn Michaels/Christian combination. Kofi is an amazing aerial artist, but the only thing that I don’t like about Kofi is the amount of jumping/pandering to the crowd before he does his Boom drop. I guess that since I don’t like Christian’s clapping just before he goes for the Killswitch (which, by the way, is a horrible finishing move because it isn’t believable by a long shot) puts me in a minority within the IWC. In any case, it is time to start pushing guys like Kofi, Dolph, Cody, Cesaro, Justin Gabriel (pls get rid of the entrance pose, he looks like a Diva when he does that) Tyson Kidd and Wade (where has he gone?) along with Daniel Bryan, Ryback and Fandango whilst retiring RVD, Jericho, Christian, Rey Misterio, Undertaker and a bunch of other stars who deserve to bask in the glory of retirement. Bring Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, Austin Aries Magnus and Samoa Joe (all charismatic, technical, solid mic skills) to the WWE and THEN we will have some amazing wrestling and storylines.

  • Jacob’s Verbal Fist

    The push Randy is currently getting with the McMahons should have went to Ziggler. If they wanted a ‘company guy’ heel champion who was the FUTURE of the company, Ziggler would have fit the bill much more than Orton. Ziggler would have come out in a custom suit, looking good, maybe even rejoining AJ. That would have made the storyline much more interesting, with Trips passing the torch to Ziggy and Steph passing the torch to AJ. THAT’S how you advance the business. Having the ‘future of the company’ role go to a guy with grey in his beard just doesn’t work.

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