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?
Apollo Crews versus Dolph Ziggler
Crews avoids a clothesline and hits a drop kick. Crews runs Ziggler into the corner. Crews sends Ziggler into the ring post. Ziggler sends Crews into the ring post and then he hits a hesitation DDT. Ziggler sets for a super kick and Crews blocks it and gets the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Apollo Crews
After the match: Ziggler attacks Crews and then he gets a chair and hits Crews in the back with it. Kalisto comes to the ring and he avoids a chair shot and then he hits a spin kick that knocks the chair out of Ziggler’s hands. Kalisto with a series of kicks and then he goes for Sliced Bread and Ziggler crotches Kalisto. Ziggler hits Kalisto in the back. Dolph hits Crews in the back with the chair one more time.
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler is walking in the back. Daniel Bryan wants to know what Dolph is doing. Dolph says he is getting ready to leave. Daniel says Dolph cannot have a tantrum when he loses. Dolph says he can beat both of them. Daniel says that Dolph will be facing Kalisto and Apollo Crews in a handicap match at the Elimination Chamber on Sunday.
Kalisto versus Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler with a running forearm and kicks followed by a leaping elbow drop. Kalisto with kicks to the leg and to the head. Kalisto with an enzuigiri on the apron and he sets for a springboard cross body and he hits it and gets a near fall We see Crews watching in the back. Ziggler with a forearm and then he stomps on the shoulder. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler taunts Kalisto. Kalisto with a kick to Ziggler and then he connects with forearms while Ziggler goes into the corner. Ziggler with super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match: Ziggler tries to take Kalisto’s mask off and Apollo Crews makes his way to the ring and Ziggler goes into the crowd.
30 Man Royal Rumble
#24 was Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler hit the ring and teamed with Miz to hit a double DDT on Crew, then superkicked Miz and Crews. He tossed Miz over the top but Miz was able to land on the apron. Ziggler and Ambrose battled. Dean was tossed over the top but was able to hang on. More Goldberg chants. Orton battled Corbin. Jericho worked over Miz. Rusev battled Crews.
#25 was Luke Harper. He went right after Crews and tossed him, then locked eyes with Randy Orton. That was playing off of their recent issues. Wyatt tried to calm them. Harper nailed Bray with a lariat and drilled Orton with a kick. Didn’t see that one coming! Luke grabbed Bray and set him up for Sister Abigail but Orton caught him with a RKO. #26 was Brock Lesnar. He tossed Ziggler and Ambrose immediately, eliminating them.
Winner: Randy Orton
Without Kurt Angle, Dolph Ziggler might not have made it to WWE. That’s the view of Ziggler, who believes Olympic champion Angle’s success helped amateur wrestling standouts like himself earn an opportunity. Angle, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31, won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, before embarking on a WWE career which yielded six world titles. And Ziggler, a successful collegiate grappler during his time at Kent State University, says he would be honoured to face the 48-year-old.
“When I was looking to get into the business, Kurt was doing so well with WWE, learning so fast and being so great at his job,” said Ziggler, ahead of Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. “Because of how awesome he was, I got a try-out with WWE. Guys like him paved the way for guys like me who wrestled in college. If there was a chance to get in the ring with him, it would be a dream come true. I have nothing but all the respect in the world for him.” Ziggler will be one of the 30 men targeting a world-title opportunity at WrestleMania 33 when he competes in this weekend’s 30th annual Royal Rumble Match in San Antonio, Texas. The Show-Off will be up against, among others, industry legends The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, but believes his endurance levels will help him go far.
“I am never the favourite but I live for that,” said Ziggler, who has competed in the previous eight Royal Rumbles. “I know how good I am and the fans know how good I am. I’d love to be in the ring with guys like Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker as no matter what they’ve done, I know how good my conditioning is. If those three can say the same thing, I’d love to go and hang with them because I don’t think they could hang with me.” Continue reading