On an action packed post-WrestleMania edition of Raw, a raucous New Jersey crowd chanted “We Want Ziggler.” The crowd got their wish and the latest Mr. Money in the Bank, became Mr. World Champion.
After months of attempted cash-ins, and seemingly missed opportunities, Dolph Ziggler became the 11th man and 10th MITB winner, in WWE History to cash in a Money in the Bank Briefcase successfully when he defeated Alberto Del Rio after his handicap match with Jack Swagger and #BigRacistMustache himself, Zeb Colter.
It has become a weird sort of poetic justice with these Money In The Bank cash-ins. Much like CM Punk using his opportunity on a former MITB winner Edge, Ziggler captured his second World Championship from Alberto Del Rio, who cashed a WWE Title Opporutnity in on…CM Punk.
As one of the top in-ring performers in WWE, Ziggler has deserved this spotlight for quite some time and being the World Heavyweight Champion is perfect for Ziggler. The SmackDown champion is asked to carry his own show, and work the undercard of Raw shows on Mondays. Ziggler can be great in this role as a workhorse champion, making his challengers look like a million bucks, like a modern day Ric Flair.
Now that Ziggler has won the Championship, he’s the top dog of Tuesday Nights. Who will step up to challenge the newest champion?
One of the fastest rising stars in the WWE is former Intercontinental Champion and current Money In The Bank contract winner Dolph Ziggler. You may have seen him on television, or perhaps you’ve read a little bit about his past in the article, “Evolution Of A #Heel – Part 1,” here on CDWS. Either way, Ziggler is quickly becoming one of the top performers in the squared circle.
The Quad-City Times ran an interview today with Ziggler to promote the upcoming Smackdown taping in Moline, Illinois. Ziggler discusses many things, including what it’s like to be living his dream.
by Richard Martel on July 16, 2012 inArticleswithComments OffTweet
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John Cena tweeted and ‘touted’ earlier today that he has a “huge announcement” for tonight’s RAW, which concerns his newly acquired Money in the Bank briefcase (still with a dent the size of Big Show’s head).
One can assume that the announcement will have something to do with the date he intends to cash in the briefcase. Three dates immediately come to mind… July 23 (RAW 1000), August 19 (Summer Slam), and April 7 (Wrestlemania 29). My money is on RAW 1000. No major matches have been announced yet for the milestone episode, and CM Punk vs. John Cena would certainly be a great headline to the first permanent three-hour show.
If Cena calls his shot as to when he will cash-in, and follows thru with that promise, then he would be the first to do so since the original Mr. Money in the Bank, Rob Van Dam.
The love triangle between AJ, CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan was already complicated enough with AJ serving as the special guest referee for the WWE Championship Match. Now just a little over an hour away from tonight’s PPV, WWE has amped up the drama.
Tonight, SmackDown is LIVE with a Great American Bash special, headlined by a Battle Royal. But not just a Battle Royal, this one is for the GM spot on SmackDown next week. Based on the video preview, it looks like WWE is pulling out all the stops and including both World Champions and all the top stars.
We can also expect more qualifiers for the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Match. Cody Rhodes filed a protest to losing his shot at the match in a tag team match last week, so his name should be in the running for a spot. There are other names like Dolph Ziggler and Sin Cara that spring to mind as logical participants. As far as surprises? With Wade Barrett be returning soon could he show up tonight? How fun would Ryback be in a MITB Ladder Match?