Dolph Ziggler has been on the WWE roster longer than a majority of the other wrestlers. Ziggler’s first appearance on WWE was in 2005 as a caddy for Kerwin White, a white face Chavo Guerrero. From there Ziggler’s WWE career would be full of ups and downs. From being a male cheerleader to being the world champion, Ziggler has done it all. Over the past ten plus years, Ziggler has been a former WWE Tag Tam Champion, WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Money in the Bank winner, and a multi time United States and Intercontinental Champion.
His list of accomplishments may seem to be very impressive but over the years they have began to mean less. While there have been many moments where he was poised for a big run they never panned out. It seemed that he was in for a big run in 2013 when he won the World Heavyweight title, by cashing in the Money in the Bank, but a concussion stalled that. Ziggler seemed to be on an upward trajectory when he was the sole survivor in the main event of Survivor Series 2014, but he was lost in the shuffle yet again.
Being one of the more tenured wrestlers on the roster has been a somewhat of a curse for Dolph Ziggler. Over the years there have been dozens of wrestlers that have bypassed Ziggler to become consistent main event stars. One of the latest wrestlers to come on the scene to use Ziggler as a stepping stone is Shinsuke Nakamura.
Coming off of a successful NXT run, Nakamura debuted last month on Smackdown Live and proved he was a star with his entrance alone. It is clear that he will be positioned as one of the top stars on Smackdown. Now it is just a matter of him making his in-ring debut. Ever since arriving last month Nakamura has only had one interview and multiple video packages. The WWE is trying to make Nakamura’s in-ring debut a big deal, as is evident by him being on the poster for the Backlash PPV. However, is Ziggler the best first opponent?
Their only interaction was when Ziggler interrupted a Nakamura interview and began interviewing him himself. Ziggler then made the segment cringe worthy when he kept asking Nakamura if he was Micheal Jackson. Things quickly got physical with Nakamura getting the upper hand but there is definitely more to come from these two. With Backlash being three weeks away there is certainly going to be more interactions between the two, but I am not sure Ziggler can reclaim a sense of credibility in that time. This past week Ziggler beat Sin Cara but both have been positioned so low that I fast forwarded past it. If the WWE is not gonna care about these two why should I?
The one guarantee is that Ziggler and Nakamura will have a really good match at Backlash, but Nakamura deserves more. Ziggler has proven to be a quality talent but he is damaged goods. Nakamura has been a headliner in Japan, Europe, and North America but now that he is on the biggest stage, he has to really prove himself. Nakamura has had amazing matches with the likes of AJ Styles, Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Sami Zayn but this match matters the most. In his first WWE PPV match Nakamura is sure to beat Ziggler easily and prove why he deserves to be in championship contention sooner than later on Smackdown.