The deal is made and the match is set. Dolph Ziggler will challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship at No Mercy. If he wins then the title is his but if he loses then he must leave the WWE and the wrestling industry. Ziggler is a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, a former four-time Intercontinental Champion, and former United States Champion. He has won a Money in the Bank ladder match and has won at Survivor Series twice.
Dolph Ziggler is one of the most entertaining wrestlers in the WWE. His selection to the Smackdown Live brand was a bold move and a great opportunity to give him much deserved ring time. His rivalry with Dean Ambrose in the new brand’s debut was amazing giving Ambrose a bigger push in the WWE Championship.
After all of his accomplishments and accolades, Ziggler is still expected to prove himself and his place among wrestling’s elite. However, there is talk that his match against The Miz is poised for a Miz win. If this is the case then Dolph is planning to leave the WWE. Per an article by Aaron Bower in the 10/6/16 Bleacher Report:
Wrestling Observer Live’s Bryan Alvarez (h/t Wrestling Inc) noted that there is serious backstage talk of The Miz winning, meaning Ziggler would stop competing in WWE.
However, there is a reason for it, apparently. It was noted on MLW Radioand Ric Flair’s podcast that Ziggler could make the switch from in-ring competitor to producer, similar to what other former talents have done in the past.
Jamie Noble is one such example, but it remains to be seen whether Ziggler will definitely follow in his footsteps. Sunday will provide all the answers.
So we wait until this Sunday to find out whether this is Ziggler’s last match. If so then I hope it is one of his best matches ever. If not then I hope his Intercontinental Championship reign proves to his naysayers that he is here to show the world that they never should have doubted him.