While RAW pulled off a bunch of shockers to kick off the competition among the programs in WWE, SmackDown Live made surprises of their own: though the WWE Championship was renamed the WWE World Championship in response to RAW's Universal, the way the contenders were determined into a series of multi-man matches.
And after a battle royal and a six-pack challenge, it was The Showoff Dolph Ziggler who emerged victorious to face Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam for SmackDown Live's top prize; ending July 2016 with another bang in the process.
While many have praised Ziggler for the valiant effort, some were also upset. Well, why, at the time where AJ Styles, Apollo Crews, and even Bray Wyatt could even be potential title-holders, why Dolph was inserted into the picture?
Hey, in case you might wonder, isn't that question supposed to be asked for Sheamus before, as well as the savvy veterans like Triple H, John Cena, and even Brock Lesnar? Lest you forgot, the Celtic Warrior, though still have a lot of power under him, once won a Money in the Bank contract. In 2014, John Cena regained the WWE World gold for the 15th time in his career. Lesnar, though, wasn't supposed to be questioned here, could even fall under such. What more if you're Triple H?
You see. Hey, there are lot of guys in the SmackDown regardless of their exposure in the E, and experience in the sport. And maybe, there's a factor why Ziggler as a contender for Ambrose's title clash seemed odd: relevance.
At the unveiling of the new era, plus he went three years from the top championship framework, Ziggler's name seemed to be irrelevant. Well... I'll say that's wrong. He has skills, and it never went out-of-tune even in the age where everyone's favorite weapon is superkick. Plus, storyline-wise, he also led the crusade against the Authority (which at one point, gave him the main event exposure once again). And since it's a new era, this game isn't just for the young guns, but also opportunities for all wrestling personnel – be it RAW or SmackDown. So I guess their writers just made it fair for everyone.
Besides, if you root for him before and you despite him because it's not his time anymore to be part of the WWE title picture/main event scene, give him a chance once more. If you insist, then you're in question, too; as similar to how the likes of Sheamus and Hunter went on to become contenders and eventual WWE winners.
That's how being “working under-the-radar” simply works, pals.
Author: slickmaster | © 2016 september twenty-eight productions