The big story coming out of the WWE this week surrounds the potential departure of Dolph Ziggler with his contract set to expire.
The WWE find themselves in a similar situation as they were in with CM Punk and his expiring contract many years ago, and fans will be hoping the show off signs on the dotted line and remains in the WWE.
But that might not be the case much longer.
It’s no secret that the WWE have failed to capitalise on his popularity and momentum numerous times, and they’ve never really fully invested in Ziggler as a top, main event superstar and they could pay for it in a number of months.
Ziggler is said to be very frustrated the WWE creative team as they have never provided him with anything that will make him a top superstar, not simply a fan favourite and he’s not pleased with the direction the character is headed.
Former WWE writer Court Bauer discussed this in more detail on a recent episode of MLW Radio, and he’s discussed where Dolph Ziggler could take his talents next if he doesn’t end up staying with the WWE.
Cauer mentioned that Ziggler's deal is expiring in a few months and he has made it clear to WWE officials that unless he gets a big push, he may leave and follow in the footsteps of John Morrison, now going by the name Johnny Mundo.
Mundo found himself in a similar situation to Dolph when he left the company in 2011, going on to make a big name for himself on the independent scene and now competing as a top star on the popular Lucha Underground promotion, so that might be a potential option for Ziggler should he choose to leave.
Lucha Underground possess some top talent who could play a part in Ziggler's arrival, the likes of Alberto El Patron and Prince Puma are big names and Ziggler would be the next big name on the roster if he joins.
Ziggler himself hasn’t done much to quieten the rumours. He’s hinted before that he may leave especially on his official Twitter account and even posted a rant this past April to vent his frustration.
In the image, which you can see below, Ziggler mentioned that the company has five months to show him that they need him. This means Ziggler’s contract will expire around September or October and right now it doesn’t look like a huge push is on the horizon.
He does seem to be lost in the pack, and his character has become a little stale which isn’t really his fault. He’s working with Lana but without Rusev involved it doesn’t seem like it’s actually going anywhere.
The WWE had a huge opportunity to send Ziggler to the top when he played a massive role in taking out The Authority at Survivor Series when Sting made his debut, but they failed to capitalise then also.
I don’t think Ziggler is too worried. He knows he’s talented, he knows many promotions would be fighting for his signature and he has other ventures also such as stand-up comedy, so the options are there.
He’s a solid worker, and he deserves a push and it’s the least the WWE could and should do for one of their best performers.