Category: WWE Exclusive
#16 Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler — Intercontinental Championship Match (Raw, March 30)
WE SAID: On the March 30 episode of Raw, the man who launched a movement, Daniel Bryan, defended his Intercontinental Championship against The Showoff, Dolph Ziggler, in a WrestleMania match that almost was. Based on the results, it could have been. Who can forget the thrilling near falls and gruesome conclusion, where the two Superstars traded skull-shattering headbutts before WWE’s “Yes!” Man leveled his opponent with a Running Knee to the jaw. Bryan’s Intercontinental Title reign, sadly, didn’t last much longer. But, even if he has nothing else, at least he (and we) got this.
THEY SAID: “I don’t know if it’s one of the best matches of the year, but it was important to me to have that kind of Intercontinental Title defense the night after WrestleMania. In front of that crowd — it’s the best crowd of the year, that Raw after WrestleMania. It was great, [but] I still want a WrestleMania match against Dolph Ziggler. Maybe down the line.” – Daniel Bryan
#8 Dolph Ziggler (3,593 days; debut: Raw, Jan. 23, 2006)
A Superstar doesn’t learn how to steal the show overnight. Dolph Ziggler’s uncanny ability to make everything look effortless in the ring is a direct result of just how long he’s plied his trade in WWE. After the breakup of The Spirit Squad, The Showoff started to blaze his own trail by balancing his cocky swagger and competitive fire to great effect, putting him in the picture for storied titles as well as swooning allies like Vickie Guerrero and AJ Lee.
While the ups-and-downs of his WWE career have appeared more tenuous than most, Ziggler still manages to remain relevant in the WWE Universe through his unbridled passion and his knack for giving his all whenever he sets foot in the squared circle. That attitude has made Ziggler a World Champion two times over, and leaves him well entrenched in WWE’s main event picture.