Dolph Ziggler Must Get Rid of AJ Lee to Truly Be Great

David LevinSenior Writer IIApril 11, 2013

You just shock the world on Monday night by cashing in your Money in the Bank contract and claimed the world heavyweight title. In the midst of your celebration, you share in your joy with your "girlfriend" and your tag-team partner. The celebration is short-lived as you realize you are now the top man on the WWE's SmackDown ladder.

What's a champion to do? How about get rid of the baggage that stands beside you? The only way you will truly be taken seriously as a champion and a force to be reckoned with is to become a loner and challenge all foes in the WWE (please make CM Punk one of those challengers).

For us to really buy into the "Dolph Ziggler hype" we need to see him on his own, away from the carnage that both AJ Lee and Big E. Langston can cause for the newly crowned title holder. The current state of his character, title not withstanding, is still weak, twisted and uncomfortable to the mainstream WWE fan. In other words, lose the girlfriend, concentrate on the title.

Champions and their entourages work in a lot of cases, most notably with Ric Flair and Randy Savage. But AJ Lee is the freak everyone loves to look at and hopes she doesn't do anything crazy enough to cost "Ziggy" the title that many fans have wanted to see around his waist for some time.

Just ask Daniel Bryan or better yet, turn to John Cena to ask how great it feels to lose an opportunity because of a tight pair of jeans and a cute smile. 

Ziggler is now the face of the "B" show for the WWE, and with it comes a certain need for him to be like a Chris Jericho or a Shawn Michaels and take over the damn thing. Michaels only truly became great when he got rid of Marty Jannetty and then Sherri Martel. The WWE, I assume, wants to build Ziggler up along the same path of success, so this is a major possibility.

Also, Ziggler will now need to find true feuds that will make him a star. Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Jack Swagger are three great starts to a career defined as "about to be great." While other superstars like Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Sheamus would also be enjoyable for the fans, I think Bryan or Punk present the most chance for Ziggler to prove how great he can be.

But first, the WWE must do what is best for Ziggler's career, not what appears to be good for an uncomfortable storyline.