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Heel Ziggler Might Be Exactly What Dolph Needs

Spoiler alert, for anyone who has yet to watch this past SmackDown LIVE’s January 3rd episode: Dolph Ziggler snapped, and if you were a face on the roster, you felt the wrath. He laid a Super Kick on Kalisto for coming into the ring for the save after his match against Baron Corbin, and then he attacked Apollo Crews backstage when he questioned Dolph’s actions.

Was anyone getting tired of Ziggler’s whining? I know I was. The fact that his character has been on a losing streak (minus the IC win and short reign he had in the fall) has been tiresome to watch. Losing matches to help push over talent is one thing, continued losing is another. Ziggler is a solid superstar, that has put on some great matches. In fact, whenever he is booked for any match – PPV, television, or live events – you are guaranteed an entertaining match. He’s that good. His feud with The Miz was one of the better rivalries of 2016, and if they were booked for another match this next SD LIVE, despite seeing them fight 100 times already, I’d be excited to see them go at it again; their matches have been stellar. So, it is for these reasons and more, that it has been so disheartening how the WWE has booked Ziggler as of late.

But can a heel turn break this cycle? I’m hoping so. Dolph has been a face for about four years now, and the character has clearly fallen into a rut. I also blame bad booking for this on Creative’s part, but maybe the reason he was booked to lose was to build up to the January 3rd snap. If that is the case, then well done on the writer’s part to integrate and extend the story around Ziggler. Mr. Nice guy has lost too many times, so it’s time for Ziggler to head to the dark side and start winning.

Because of this, Ziggler probably doesn’t even need to cut a promo to tell fans why he super kicked Kalisto and then attacked Apollo Crews; the story is already laid out for him. He’s told it, without having to explain: Ziggler is tired of being attacked, he’s tired of losing, he’s tired of having championships pass him by. The arc has already been written and as predictable as his heel turn may, or may not have been, I think this is something that will be good for Ziggler in the long run. It’s a good thing to be able to play good guy and bad guy so well, and I do believe Ziggler can do both.

His character is in desperate need of a shake up, some added aggression, something to move on to. It seems unclear if next steps mean that Ziggler will pick up a program with Kalisto or Apollo Crews, but I hoping that moving forward we will continue to see less show off and more hostility from Ziggler. I also hope we see a build up to a more confident Dolph, a push that sees him win more than lose, and just overall a different path for Ziggler to move along. Face Ziggler has always been great, but Heel Ziggler rode a huge wave of success the last time around. Here’s hoping that Dolphy experiences some of that now that he is playing for team bad guy.

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  • MEH

    Spoiler Alert not needed when reading the title lol. I’m just tired of “Dolphy” ?. The heel turn was the most poorly executed turn I think I’ve ever seen. Saw it coming a mile off bubba’s timing of Kalisto turn around and Dolph’s superkick, then the locker room scene where there was no passion or rage in him flipping the chair. I do agree though that I was tired of seeing the same old promo and the same old outcome. So much so that I don’t feel too invested in him at all now. I’m just hoping he can turn it around.

    • jcice13

      it was really lame wasn’t it?

  • Si Nicholls

    Dolph’s a strange one, I have never felt invested in him from his start as a cheerleader, to cashing in against ADR, to me he just feels like an upper mid card filler, someone who’s always there, but not someone to get behind and want to see THE title on them like Bray, Rusev or Luke Harper.

  • xXwindsofchangeXx

    This feels like a catch-22 to me. WWE’s utterly failed to build up any other faces on Smackdown. This resulted in Dolph’s overexposure, which is part of the reason fans got tired of him. In order for Dolph as a character to be taken seriously, he needs to start winning again. Except the face depth on the Smackdown roster is so bad, winning a feud against one of the midcard faces doesn’t help him, particularly if the endgame is for him to face Dean Ambrose and win the Intercontinental Title for the millionth time. One of the midcard faces like Crews or Kalisto might be able to get some degree of rub from beating him, but neither guy has an especially high ceiling. Crews, look and impressive moveset aside, is very bland and wouldn’t be able to match Dolph on the mic. Kalisto’s not really a promo guy either.

    To rescue Dolph, it had to be done. But the reason it had to be done is also the reason it may not have been a good idea: Because WWE doesn’t know how to book faces and therefore has no face roster depth.

  • jcice13

    I’m going to tell you exactly what Ziggler needs, a time machine so he can travel back to the days before Vince ruined wrestling and he could jump from promotion to promotion and remain fresh..he could be a heel in Atlanta a face for Vince etc not only Dolph but so many others who get stale after so many years..ever wonder why the vast majority of new guys are so over? other than the fact they can work,and Dolph can too, they’re new and fresh….over the last 10 years how many times do you think the WWE audience has seen Dolph on TV? minimum??? 800??? how can you not get stale from that? that’s 800 in the same place just on tv not including PPV just free TV

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