Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely or poorly used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook Dolph Ziggler.
Craig: The lifetime of this blog makes for an interesting timeline on the fortunes of Dolph Ziggler. For several years, with the benefit of hindsight, I erroneously predicted several times that this year would be the breakout year for him.
On every occasion I was wrong. I recently wrote about the WWE’s 5050 booking which sees performers trade wins and loses and how Ziggler, arguably more than anyone else, suffers the most.
On the WWE’s watch in the last few he are he has gone from a very popular performer that the fans practically demanded become world champion to a guy that loses to The Miz in a minute on Raw and being an also ran in the IC Title picture.
Is there any hope for him? Is this the most obvious cook or is there a hope for him?
Brian: Normally, I would be quick to defend Dolph Ziggler as a star with so much to offer the WWE. He is by far a gifted wrestler with a great look and an excellent skill set. The thing is, he has been grossly misused for years. Some of it was his own fault whether it was his mouth…some of it just bad luck with injuries at the wrong time and some of it the WWE’s fault by bad booking decisions.
I think that too many years have gone by with so much erratic booking that I just don’t see Dolph as a future main event guy. If it were going to happen…it would have happened by now. Dolph isn’t even getting those loud responses from fans anymore. They are becoming indifferent to Dolph and that in itself is a really bad indicator for me.
Craig: I absolutely agree. The fans have lost interest – although in their defence the way he’s been booked it is tricky to remain interested. He’s still a superstar with a tremendous talent but could really do with a prolonged absence off of our screens. One of his undoubted problems is one of his abilities: selling. It means when the WWE need someone to job to make someone look good, more often than not it is Ziggler that lands that role. That hurts his character a great deal.
Ultimately, though, he still remains in that ‘showing promise’ position. But showing promise can only take you so far, soon you have to deliver and for various reasons – some not his fault like the aforementioned injuries – he’s not had a chance to deliver. I guess he’s another one the clock is ticking on. Right?
Brian: If I am not mistaken, Ziggler recently signed an extension with the WWE, so he won’t be going anywhere…anytime soon. I think we need to accept that Dolph will never be anything more than a mid card talent. A great mid card talent…a misused mid card talent…I just don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for him.
Craig: Absolutely. I think he’ll increasingly be used to get the latest talents over on our screens. The only way for him is down, and it’s sometimes difficult to imagine that he can go any further down.
What could have been with that run after defeating ADR though. If only it wasn’t for that stray kick from Jack Swagger eh?
Brian: Yeah, some unfortunate incidents occurred that stunted Ziggler’s WWE growth as a main event star. Most of it not his fault…but some of it was. Dolph Ziggler does have a habit of running his mouth a little when he doesn’t like something and when you are not at that level of star yet…it can be damaging to a career.
There we have it – our take on Dolph Ziggler. A man that could, and should, have reached the top but a few things have transpired to stop that becoming a reality. Could he still make it to the very top? Time is on his side that’s for sure. But what would you do? Would you book or cook Dolph Ziggler? Leave your thoughts below.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.