WWE Wrestlemania XXIX: Why Dolph Ziggler Should Have Cashed in Money in the Bank

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2013

Photo Credit: WWE.com
Photo Credit: WWE.com

There was much about WrestleMania 29 that left fans disappointed. Some complained about John Cena's latest championship victory, others discussed the weird dynamic to the Triple H-Brock Lesnar match, while still others thought the timing of the show was off, with matches being cut and video packages dominating the broadcast.

One of the most disappointing aspects of the entire event was the nonexistence of Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.

There will be plenty of time between now and July's Money in the Bank pay-per-view for the ultra-talented performer to finally (maybe?) capture the World Heavyweight Championship by cashing in the contract he earned last summer.

But what better way to have helped erase all of the losses he has suffered as of late than by having him do so on the biggest show the sport has to offer? In one night, he could have been elevated to the upper echelon of WWE by creating both a moment and a new championship reign to get the otherwise quiet crowd invested back in a show that bogged down tremendously in the middle of it.

The title change could come as soon as Monday's Raw, but even then it would feel like a missed opportunity. Ziggler has been one of the best in-ring workers for nearly three years and has yet to see his hard work and determination pay off in any form of sustained push or main event stay.

He has earned the World Heavyweight Championship as much as anyone, but his ability to make others look good, his selflessness in his matches, may very well be the one thing holding him back from achieving everything he wants to.

There will come a time when when Ziggler finally cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase and the fans will not react the way the company had hoped they would have. WrestleMania was the perfect time, in front of fans from over 50 different countries, to create a legitimate new star to guide the company through the rest of the year.

Instead, what should have been a WrestleMania moment in a year that lacked them will now have to settle for being a "Raw" moment or an "Extreme Rules" moment.

Neither of them quite have the same ring.

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