Category: WWE Pay-Per-View Preview

Clash of Champions 2017 Preview: Dolph to take on Baron Corbin & Bobby Roode for the United States Championship

When Bobby Roode challenged Baron Corbin for the United States Title on SmackDown LIVE, The Lone Wolf replied with a curt, “No.” He might end up wishing he had taken the offer.

At WWE Clash of Champions, a night where every championship is on the line, The Lone Wolf will now face two challengers for his title: Roode and, in a surprising twist, Dolph Ziggler, who has been a thorn in the side of The Glorious One since his debut late into the summer. The title match provides ample opportunity for both Superstars to reassert themselves. Roode came up short as part of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, and Ziggler hasn’t been seen since losing a 2-out-of-3-Falls Match to The Glorious One on Halloween, a night he openly wondered what would be next for his career. Corbin, meanwhile, is coming to the bout from an unexpected place of strength. The Lone Wolf is the only Superstar in the match who won at Survivor Series, knocking off then-Intercontinental Champion The Miz after a lengthy back-and-forth over social media where The A-Lister questioned Corbin’s commitment and talent. Having vindicated himself, it seems Corbin felt his work was done. Clearly, it’s just getting started.


Elimination Chamber 2017 Preview: Dolph set to take on Apollo Crews & Kalisto in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match

The weight of words matters, and Dolph Ziggler may just find that out the hard way. After perennially targeting Kalisto and his good friend Apollo Crews for weeks on SmackDown LIVE, and then boasting about his antics, The Showoff will take on both Superstars in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match at Elimination Chamber 2017.

Following his shocking betrayal of Kalisto on Jan. 10, Ziggler has waged several aggressive attacks against Kalisto and Crews individually, each time with the other Superstar coming to his friend’s aid. No help could be found on the Feb. 7 edition of SmackDown LIVE, however, when both Kalisto and Crews felt the wrath of a steel chair from Ziggler. Then Ziggler, as he is prone to do, talked himself into a corner, telling SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan that he could defeat both Kalisto and Crews straight-up. With Team Blue being the land of opportunity, Bryan gave Ziggler just that chance, scheduling him for a 2-on-1 Handicap Match this Sunday. Will The Showoff be able to back up his words and defeat two of SmackDown LIVE’s most promising talents in one fell swoop? Or, will the numbers game, in conjunction with the immense talent of Crews and Kalisto, result in a loss for Ziggler?


WWE TLC 2016 Preview: Intercontinental Title showdown to reach new heights at WWE TLC

At WWE TLC, Intercontinental Champion The Miz will step into battle against longstanding adversary Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder Match. However, if Ziggler falls short this time around, it will be the last time The A-Lister will have to face him for his illustrious title — as if the stakes weren’t high enough already!

Not only can’t the two Cleveland natives stand each other, but they both have a tremendous love for the title itself, with Miz currently on his sixth reign as Intercontinental Champion and Ziggler having held it five times.

Despite the fact both Superstars are well-versed in the prizes and pitfalls of a Ladder Match, there is truly no way to prepare for the dangerous rungs. Yet, the X factor of this contest will be Maryse. The Miz’s crafty wife has helped him win several matches, including against The Showoff the title on the 900th episode for SmackDown and against Sami Zayn at Survivor Series. Ziggler will need to find a way to neutralize her, or he may not stand much chance of regaining the championship.


No Mercy 2016 Preview: Dolph puts his career on the line against The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship

Frustrated by coming up short in one big-match scenario after another, Dolph Ziggler has agreed to risk it all and put his career on the line against Intercontinental Champion The Miz at WWE No Mercy.

If The Showoff wins, the monkey is off his back and the prestigious Intercontinental Title is around his waist. However, if Ziggler loses, he must hang up his boots.

The A-Lister goaded Ziggler into accepting the perilous stipulation on the Sept. 27 edition of SmackDown LIVE in Cleveland, with both Superstars’ parents in attendance. Though The Showoff was initially reluctant, he soon declared that if he couldn’t defeat The Miz once and for all, then he didn’t deserve to have a career.

Ziggler has earned plenty of hardware during his time in WWE, winning the World Heavyweight Championship twice and the Intercontinental Title four times. Yet, the records books of late reflect a different story. He failed to dethrone The Miz in back-to-back weeks, albeit due to the underhanded tactics of The A-Lister and his wife, Maryse. (The Miz and Maryse illegally sprayed a substance in Ziggler’s eyes, behind the referee’s back, in both matches.)

At WWE No Mercy, The Showoff will have one more chance to win when it matters most. With his career in jeopardy, will Ziggler prove to be a clutch performer? Or will The Miz and Maryse find another way to stop The Showoff and, in the process, end Ziggler’s career on a sour note, cementing a legacy of “what if’s”?

Don’t miss out when The Miz puts his Intercontinental Title on the line against Dolph Ziggler’s career at WWE No Mercy, live on WWE Network Sunday, Oct. 9, at 8 ET/5 PT.


Backlash 2016 Preview: Dolph to take on The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship

The Miz insists his Intercontinental Championship reign is “never-ending,” but Dolph Ziggler will look to prove otherwise when they clash over the prestigious title at WWE Backlash on Sunday, Sept. 11. By hook or by crook, The Hollywood A-Lister has turned back one challenger after another, and he’s on track to be the champion for 160 days by the time WWE Backlash arrives. Though Miz’s means of retaining the title haven’t always been popular with the WWE Universe or even SmackDown Live management — General Manager Daniel Bryan set off the champion when he called him a “coward” on the Aug. 23 edition of Talking Smack — there is no denying his success.

Ziggler, on the other hand, will try to rebound from recent setbacks in high-stakes matches, most notably his failed attempt to dethrone WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam. Never shy about his unreal athletic ability, The Showoff boasted of stealing the show “every damn night” with every chance he got. At WWE Backlash, the goal will not be to steal the show, but to win the title and silence any doubters, once and for all.

Which Superstar will leave SmackDown Live’s first brand-exclusive pay-per-view with the Intercontinental Title around his waist? Watch the high-stakes championship match when WWE Backlash airs live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 ET/5 PT.


Wrestlemania 32 Match Preview: IC Title up for grabs in a 7-man Ladder Match

Six Superstars threaten to steal the spotlight from Kevin Owens in what is sure to be a chaotic race to the Intercontinental Championship. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens may have thought that there was no one deserving enough to challenge him at “KO-Mania,” but he didn’t have a say in the matter, as he must now defend his title against six Superstars in a Ladder Match on The Grandest Stage of Them All. The Prizefighter has been bragging for weeks about the lack of worthy competition as WrestleMania approaches. All the while, Owens was drawing the ire of Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and Sami Zayn, who returned to Raw searching for retribution against his longtime friend-turned-enemy. All three had gripes with Owens and were on the hunt for his championship. As the three argued with each other on the March 21 edition of Raw, the cunning Owens began hatching a plan that he believed would help him keep the Intercontinental Title beyond WrestleMania.

Owens promised Zayn, Ziggler and Miz that he would talk to The Authority about making a Triple Threat Match to determine his Show of Shows opponent. Owens did just that, convincing a distracted Stephanie McMahon to allow him to set the match up. Later that night, however, Owens revealed his scheme to the WWE Universe when he introduced the three participants in the battle: Zack Ryder, Sin Cara and Stardust. The Prizefighter was pleased with himself as he joined the baffled Raw announce team. Zayn, The Showoff and The Awesome One, each furious with Owens, made their way to ringside to confront the champion as Sin Cara, Ryder and Stardust battled inside the squared circle for what seemed to be a huge opportunity.

Things quickly turned chaotic as Ziggler, Miz and Zayn attacked Owens. The melee then spilled into the ring and engulfed Long Island Iced-Z, the Lucha Dragon and The Prince of Dark Matter, bringing their title hopes to a crashing halt. However, the six of them soon united against a common enemy, Owens, and sent the Intercontinental Champion reeling from the ring.

Owens’ plan soon disintegrated as he retreated to The Authority’s office, where Stephanie was trying to deal with the looming threat of Roman Reigns. The Prizefighter still claimed there was no one worthy of challenging him at WrestleMania, but was quickly rebuffed by Stephanie, who declared that Owens would now defend his title against all six men at The Show of Shows. When Owens seemed to protest, she took things one step further, making the battle a Ladder Match. Kevin Owens has demanded that the spotlight be on him on The Grandest Stage of Them All. He’ll have just that at WrestleMania. Will he be able to retrieve his title, or will one of his six challengers scale to new heights and etch a WrestleMania moment? Find out Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, live on WWE Network!


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