SmackDown Live with their unique roster started off with a bang a couple of weeks ago, as they announced their top match for SummerSlam later this month would be Dean Ambrose defending the WWE World Championship against Dolph Ziggler.
Earlier this week, Bray Wyatt challenged The Showoff to a match with that title shot on the line, to which Ziggler accepted and defeated the leader of The Wyatt Family. So it appears to be set in stone that Ambrose will face Ziggler on August 21.
However, those that are expecting the former World Heavyweight Champion to walk out of the WWE's second biggest pay-per-view of the year may be shocked to know that won't be the case.
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According to a report by NoDQ: "Ziggler is only a transitional opponent for Ambrose, and won’t be winning the Title.
"Originally WWE had plans for AJ Styles to be feuding with Ambrose, but the company felt that Styles had unfinished business with John Cena so they decide to go with a blow-off match between the two at SummerSlam before Cena leaves to start filming for American Grit.
"It’s expected that after the SummerSlam event, WWE will go back on their original plans and have Ambrose feud with Styles for the WWE Championship."
This is a better path for SmackDown to take, as Ziggler's time at the top of the ladder feels over, especially with the new era being ushered in. The Showoff wasn't capitalized upon enough during his original World Heavyweight Championship run a couple of years ago when he was more popular, and now the chance has been missed.
Styles, however, is at his height of popularity in the WWE, and would be a fantastic opponent for Ambrose during what is arguably the company's most quietest time of the year. During the feud, The Phenomenal One deserves to hold the title at least once as well, and he would be a great transitional champion as well if anything happens to The Lunatic Fringe in the next few months.