For the first time in a very long time, Dolph Ziggler is playing a prominent role on a pay-per-view as he challenges The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
There’s also the small matter of his career being on the line if he loses.
TITLE VS CAREER
On the surface, it looks as if Ziggler will come out on top and capture the championship, as there’s no way the company could have a reliable and popular worker like Ziggler leave the company from nowhere, right?
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Wrong. Apparently, there are serious discussions that this could genuinely be Ziggler’s last in-ring appearance for the WWE according to WrestlingInc, as they’re looking to transition him into a producer role backstage.
This is similar to what Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury and other numerous former talents do behind the scenes.
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Obviously, this hasn’t sat well with fans, or even Ric Flair as he’s spoken of how much value he still has as an in-ring competitor and how much he can still offer the company.
We won’t know for sure exactly what’s going on until No Mercy goes off the air. There are rumours there could be a gimmick change; he may return as part of a stable alongside Shelton Benjamin, or he may actually win if the WWE swerve the fans again.
TEASING AN EXIT
However, judging by his official Twitter account, Ziggler himself is teasing an exit from the company.
As you can see below, he’s posted imaged with Renee Young as well as referee Charles Robinson, along with messages where he seems to be highlighting he’s enjoyed working with them over the years.
He's also hinting at new music for his entrance at No Mercy as well. He claims he’s moving money around to use ‘All Bad Things’ by the Motley Crue play him out, which fits in line with the exit he’s hinting at.
The most interesting tweet he posted is that he’s available for other bookings from October 10 after a fan asked whether he’d be coming to the New York Comic-Con.
Obviously, Ziggler is notorious for this sort of thing and could just be playing with fans if he does end up sticking around.
We’ve seen all of this before, with Mark Henry’s epic retirement swerve, and most recently Sasha Banks’ poor replication of it. But would the WWE really do this for the third time?
As of this writing, it’s looking likely that Ziggler is on his way out, which may not be good news for fans but it's great for The Miz.
The level of heat he will get for ending Ziggler’s career would be ridiculous; all will be clear on Sunday night.
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