Going into SummerSlam, I was pretty sure we would only see one title change, and that would involve the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Instead, we witnessed three title changes in one night! The one that shocked the most had to have been Dolph Ziggler winning the Intercontinental Championship.
Dolph Ziggler has proven day and day out that he deserves to be at the top of the food chain in WWE. In addition to being a two-time Intercontinental Champion, Dolph is a former United States and World Heavyweight Champion. We've seen Ziggler at the top and we sure have seen him at the very bottom. But why has WWE treated the Show-Off this way? He's unfortunately suffered two concussions in less than a year, and one occurred while he was World Champ. It's been eight months since his last concussion and he's stuck in the midcard.
I was absolutely shocked by his title win at SummerSlam. Why? Because The Miz had just won it a month ago and it would've seemed a little dumb for him to drop it a month later. But that's what WWE did!
I've expressed my frustration with many things in WWE recently. One of those being that Brock Lesnar would be WWE Champion. I haven't been a fan of part-timers. It seems some just come in to take a pay check while guys like Ziggler suffer from this because they are pushed down the card. Yes, part-timers can be beneficial to the company. Just take a look at buy rates for pay-per-views when guys like Triple H, Undertaker, The Rock, and Brock Lesnar worked the show. Buy rates are up. Fans are interested in seeing those guys they grew up watching. But there comes a point when enough is enough. I'm fine with Brock and Rock working top matches, but I don't want to see them hold titles. So back to my problem with Lesnar winning the title...
The timing of all of this is crazy. It has come to my attention that John Cena is the only true top babyface right now. You can argue that Roman Reigns is up there, but we don't want to see him pushed to the moon too soon. Daniel Bryan is injured, CM Punk is gone. And then there's the fact that both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships are unified as one. This leads to fewer main eventers. The midcard hasn't been too thrilling for awhile and it's the perfect time for guys like Sheamus, Ziggler, Cesaro, Kofi, and Miz to step up their game. But we haven't exactly seen that. Lesnar is the new face of the company. But who's going to challenge him?
Most people are expecting Lesnar to hold the title until WrestleMania or at least into 2015. John Cena will most likely get his rematch next month at Night of Champions. I would say that Lesnar skips Hell in a Cell in October and defends it at Survivor Series the following month. Okay, great. Then who's going to challenge The Beast next? You could say Randy Orton turns babyface again, but fans wouldn't give a rip about that. Put Reigns in a match with Lesnar, but that seems pretty risky. Sheamus could, but I doubt that will happen. As you can see, WWE needs to develop top babyfaces. And the time to do it is right now.
So what does this ramble about Lesnar and the WWE Championship have to do with Dolph Ziggler? My point here is that with Ziggler as Intercontinental Champion, WWE can push him with the belt as a top face. Could he face Lesnar? I'd rather not see that, but who knows. The opportunity is perfect. Take a look at the two midcard champions before SummerSlam. You have the United States Champion Sheamus who didn't even have a match, let alone seen on the show as a Lumberjack! And then you have The Miz who played the heel Intercontinental Champion. Since the Intercontinental Title once was viewed as the second top belt, it should be viewed as the second top belt now. The WWE Champion is a monster heel, so make your second top champion a babyface that the fans absolutely love. Who is that strong babyface? Your answer is, Dolph Ziggler.
If WWE takes this route with pushing Ziggler in the upper midcard, my feelings for Lesnar as WWE Champion will be better. So many fans and readers couldn't understand why I didn't want Lesnar as champ. People were overlooking the fact that there aren't other top contenders. I always say live in the now and to not think too much about the past while thinking a little about the future. When it comes to wrestling , the future is what matters. I know that Ziggler can do wonders for WWE and the midcard scene as long as the company doesn't screw him over again. We all know he has it in him. As the bleach-blonde always says, "It's about damn time."