Tuesday, April 30, 2013
WWE Power Rankings: Ziggler, Shield shine
By Jon Robinson
Dolph Ziggler has all the makings of the next wrestling superstar. Will the WWE let him shine?
Dolph Ziggler combines the technical skill of Mr. Perfect, the athletic electricity of Shawn Michaels and the hip gyrations of “Ravishing” Rick Rude all in one superstar. And with John Cena suffering an injured Achilles during the WWE’s European tour, this might be Ziggler’s chance to not only show off with his World Heavyweight championship, but win the WWE title and unify the belts (it’s not like they separate the brands anymore, anyway).
Think about it. If Cena is out for any prolonged period, and with CM Punk at home nursing his knee, this is WWE’s opportunity to turn Ziggler into the company’s biggest draw. If it was up to me, I’d strip Cena of the belt and send him home to heal, then announce a one-night, eight-man championship tournament, featuring Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, Ryback, Brock Lesnar, Sheamus and Randy Orton. The tournament could lead to new feuds, not to mention matchups we’ve never seen, like Lesnar versus Sheamus and Ambrose versus Jericho. Make the finals between Ziggler and Bryan, with Ziggler ultimately winning (even if it’s through some nefarious outside interference, I’m good with that; he’s a heel, after all), and then let Ziggler feud with Bryan, Orton and maybe even Lesnar until Cena comes back.
The more wins Ziggler gets and the more he bounces around the ring doing ridiculous stunts for guys like Lesnar (and maybe even the rumored-to-return Dave Batista), the bigger the star you create, ultimately setting up showdowns with both Punk and Cena when they get healthy.
Not only do fans finally get to see some fresh feuds, but you’re building up a guy who you can trust the brand with when the current top draws such as Cena hang up the dog tags for good.
WWE Power Rankings: April 30, 2013
Awesome match against Kofi Kingston, even if it seems like these guys have already fought about 500 times in the past year.
The Shield Dean Ambrose Seth Rollins Roman Reigns
The Hounds of Justice are creeping into NWO and Four Horseman territory in terms of that overwhelming "it" factor.
Why did my wife start chopping onions when Cena hit the ramp with The Eliminator, Nick "The Stitch" and Lightning Logan? You have to love Cena for the work he does granting wishes to sick kids.
If Cena can't wrestle at the pay-per-view event, what do they do with Ryback? As long as it's not a dance-off against Fandango, I'm good.
I dug the RKO into the Cross Rhodes and even the Disaster Kick into the RKO, but since when does Cody lead with his head for a kick?
Hopefully his great match against Orton leads to bigger things for Rhodes in 2013. I'd still love to see Cody feud with Goldust.
Team Hell No
I applaud the tag-team champs for making The Shield look like a million bucks at every turn. This is how you get new talent over while not hurting your own credibility.
Alberto Del Rio
Will face Ziggler and Jack Swagger in a ladder match at Extreme Rules. Is it me, or is Del Rio nothing without Ricardo Rodriguez?
I didn't think we'd see Taker after Wrestlemania, let alone see him power-bombed through a table on Smackdown. Great to see The Dead Man helping Ambrose look like a legit main event threat.
I look at Fandango and all I can think of is Crispin Glover (George McFly) in "Back to the Future." Hate the awkward dancing, love the top rope leg drop.