One, no he did not get screwed in the sense of, say, a Montreal screw job.
Two, I am approving and happy with the move to make Dolph Ziggler the #1 Contender to face Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam.
That being said, Bray, I feel, was screwed at SmackDown Live. Or, if not screwed, overlooked. But I say screwed because yes, it grabs your attention, and I think it’s kind of on point.
In the Six Pack Challenge match, there were several great candidates to become the #1 guy. I think fans would have been pleased if AJ Styles had gotten the win, too. Cena would have set up the obvious opportunity for history, while Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews aren’t yet so over that it would have made sense to put them in the top spot. Which leaves us with Wyatt and Ziggler. Bray has never had a chance on such a big stage for such a big prize. And for Dolph, well, it’s been a while.
I have no issues with a Ziggler win, but I think Wyatt makes more sense for a number of reasons. There is the obvious point, mentioned above, that he’s never had the chance yet. There’s also this bit that both Ziggler and Ambrose are (currently) faces. Wyatt is a heel. Not that we can’t have a face versus face match, Lord knows we’ve had those happen often enough. But when looking at the choices, giving a top young heel an opportunity he’s never had before? To me, that trumps Ziggler going over.
Especially as often as Bray either hit, or teased, a Sister Abigail? I was sure it was his time to shine. He’s overdue, honestly. Outside of Strowman, he’s the only one from his now-defunct stable to never have held a title, singles or otherwise. Yet he’s the most talented, engaging and entertaining talent from that group, so the fact that he’s not yet held one is almost a travesty.
I am looking forward to Ziggler and Ambrose. The announce team had it right, these two could steal the show. But I am very much looking forward to Bray’s opportunity to shine. It’s got to be a matter of when, not a question of if.
WNZ readers, what do you think?