WWE TLC 2012: Why This Is Dolph Ziggler's Time to Shine

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

Photo: WWE.com
Photo: WWE.com

Dolph Ziggler is set to defend his Money in the Bank briefcase against John Cena at Tables, Ladders & Chairs, and this could end up being the biggest match of his career thus far.

Ziggler has been in plenty of big matches during his run in WWE against main event superstars, but he hasn't gone up against a top star like John Cena in a match where he was actually likely to win.

John Cena is the measuring stick in WWE. No matter how many days CM Punk holds the title, there is still a perception that Cena is the top guy. Ziggler's stock has been slowly rising in WWE over the past several months and it looks like WWE might be ready to give him a solid win over a major superstar, which is well-deserved at this point.

With CM Punk out of TLC, it means there will be extra spotlight to go around, and Ziggler will no doubt steal plenty of that from everyone else on the card.

Ladder matches are career-making matches for many reasons. The level of excitement and danger is heightened and it gives guys like Ziggler a chance to really show what he is made of.

Dangerous spots are something Ziggler is accustomed to, and Sunday we will probably see him take the bump of the night during his match with Cena. Guys like Shawn Michaels, the Hardys, and Edge and Christian have elevated themselves after being in exciting ladder matches, and Ziggler will likely join that list.

This match is also big for Ziggler because, if he wins, we could very well see him cash in later in the evening against the winner of the Big Show vs. Sheamus match.

He has been holding onto that blue briefcase for months and he keeps teasing cashing it in at every pay-per-view, but TLC seems like it could finally be the time to do it.

Whoever wins the chairs match will be battered and beaten, which will give Ziggler a chance to steal the show twice in one night if he cashes in after defeating Cena.

There is, however, another possible scenario. If the World title match happens before the ladder match then we could see Ziggler cash in right away and then defend the title against Cena in a ladder match later in the evening.

This kind of situation would allow WWE to a bit more surprising and spontaneous as well as have two World title matches on one card, which could help, seeing as the WWE title will sit this PPV out.

Ziggler beating John Cena would be a huge step in the right direction for him, but winning the World title would be even better.

It would certainly be a great way to end what has been a great year for Ziggler in terms of rising up the ranks in WWE.

How do you think Ziggler will perform at TLC?

If he beats Cena do you think he will cash in that night?


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