Even though the injury just happened, the creative team has already approached Vince McMahon about handling the World title picture.
On Wednesday night, WrestlingInc.com reported:
According to a source, there was talk earlier today about seeing if Vince McMahon wanted to pursue other options without Dolph Ziggler as World Heavyweight Champion after Ziggler suffered a legitimate concussion at last night's SmackDown taping. Vince felt that it would be premature to go down that road today, and there are no plans to alter current storylines based on Ziggler's concussion.
F4WOnline.com reported this evening that Ziggler has been removed from all in-ring bookings until he has passed an imPACT test indicating that he is healthy enough to perform.
Fortunately, McMahon isn't rushing to make any major decisions about the current storyline and is being patient with Ziggler's injury. Let's face it, the WWE and McMahon have a tendency to rush to decisions when it comes to issues like these.
Most times, these moves are erratic and not very well thought out, and in some cases have proved to be detrimental to both the company and the wrestlers involved.
At the very most, the WWE has less than two weeks to figure out how it will handle Ziggler and the World title picture. This, to me, is plenty of time to make some minor moves to the match prior to Extreme Rules.
Personally, I feel the only move that makes sense is to pull him from the event and have Del Rio and Swagger battle it out for the newly vacated strap.
Now, just because the match is currently booked as a three-way ladder match doesn't mean it needs to stay that way. Ultimately, there is no one who should replace Ziggler if he gets yanked from this bout. To me, it would be a travesty to randomly add someone to this feud in order to keep it a three-way match.
That being said, there is still no word on whether Ziggler will need to take off for an extended amount of time. As the article mentioned, he still needs to go through another test to determine the severity of the concussion.
For all we know, it could be minor and he will be good to go in a week, or it could be major and Ziggler could be sidelined for longer.
Either way you slice it, it seems like the WWE and Vince McMahon are going to wait this one out and see where it goes, which is probably the best plan considering there are no more TV events until Monday. This allows Ziggler at least four days to recover before the company has to truly address the issue at hand.
In the end, we will have to wait and see where this goes and hope for the best.
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