Throughout the history of the WWE, there have been many workhorse mid-carders. Mr. Perfect. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. Owen Hart.
In years to come, perhaps the name 'Dolph Ziggler' will be mentioned in the same list as the greatest mid-carders to have ever lived. His in-ring talents cannot be disputed, neither can his work ethic nor his aesthetic.
Where it begins to fall apart for Dolph Ziggler, like so many mid-card talents before him, is when a microphone is put into his hands. Granted, over the years Dolph Ziggler has focused his attention on his Achilles Heel and has improved remarkably, yet he still lacks that certain "it" factor to be accepted as a top-tier talent.
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To understand why Dolph Ziggler deserves that chance is the purpose of this article. Since the debut of the Spirit Squad in 2006, Ziggler has given his all between the ropes. Laden down by an irritating gimmick of a male cheerleader, Ziggler was easily the standout star of the group (sorry, Kenny Dykstra) and managed to capture tag-team gold as part of the irritating quintuplet.
Following the disbanding of the group, Ziggler returned in 2008 and quickly showed that a dreadful gimmick couldn't keep the guy down (we are looking at you, Isaac Yankem!). For many years thereafter, Ziggler put his body on the line in many notorious high-spots, dangerous matches and physically taxing beat downs by the hands of lesser talents (Khali, anyone?).
Throughout the years, Ziggler's dedication shone through, and slowly, the crowd began to recognise this. Nowhere was this more apparent than when Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank contract in 2013 to rapturous applause and cheers. Sadly, what should have been Ziggler's greatest moment was cruelly tainted, as weeks later Ziggler was injured.
Since then, Ziggler has continued to produce high-standard matches, often providing the night's greatest highlight moment, but never quite managing to re-capture that ecstatic high of 2013.
Overall, Ziggler has to be considered one of the most loyal employees the WWE has had. He takes every chance he is given and doesn't seem to despair when pressure is put on him. A little more of Ziggler's work ethic could work wonders in the WWE locker room.
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