Hunter says that this is a new era for the Authority. There are no agendas or ulterior motives. In the WWE, you will get out what you put in. Everyone will get what they deserve. As for tonight, what a show. Dolph Ziggler, don’t go anywhere, you are going to defend your Intercontinental Championship against the man who never really lost it . . . Bad News Barrett.
Dolph Ziggler versus Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title
Ziggler goes for the leg but Barrett with a wrist lock. Ziggler with a reversal and a side head lock. Barrett with a punch on a break and he follows with kicks. Barrett with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Barrett tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Ziggler lands on his feet and he hits a drop kick and he follows with a leaping elbow drop. Ziggler with punches but Barrett with an Irish whip. Ziggler tries to float over but Barrett catches him and he kicks Ziggler in the ribs for a near fall. Barrett with a reverse chin lock. Barrett pulls Ziggler to the mat by the hair and he gets a near fall. Barrett with a knee drop and he returns to the reverse chin lock. Ziggler with punches and then Ziggler with a crucifix for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match: Barrett attacks Ziggler and he sends Ziggler to the floor. Barrett throws Ziggler into the ringside barrier a few times. Barrett sends Ziggler into the announce table. Barrett Irish whips Ziggler into the ring steps. Barrett sends Ziggler into the ring steps and then the apron. Barrett Irish whips Ziggler around the ring post. Barrett runs Ziggler back first into the apron.
Barrett sends Ziggler into the ring post from the apron. Barrett sends Ziggler shoulder first into the ring post. Kane’s music plays and he appears on the stage. He apologizes and he says that he forgot to mention that this match is two out of three falls. He tells the referee to continue the match.
Barrett waits for Ziggler to get up and he hits a running boot to the head and then he gets Ziggler up for Wasteland to pin him.
Winner: Wade Barrett
We go to commercial as the medical staff checks on Ziggler. We are back and the referee checks on Ziggler and he rings the bell. Continue reading
Chris Jericho, Edge, Triple H … Dolph Ziggler.
In 2014, The Showoff joined that elite list of Superstars, who have captured the Intercontinental Championship on four occasions. Ziggler didn’t mark the milestone with confetti or a cake made in his image. Instead, at WWE TLC, he simply stole the show. Like he does. Every single night.
To give Dolph his due, it’s worth recalling that early in 2014 The Showoff appeared to be questioning his motivation and his very role in WWE. It was the WWE Universe, however, that knew precisely where Ziggler belonged — at the top. Fans refused to throw in the towel, and that support began to pay dividends when Dolph played an instrumental role in ridding WWE of The Authority at Survivor Series. Ziggler debuted with WWE in 2008, making him a seasoned veteran among the roster, but he’s still young enough to remain a vibrant and relevant force among the current crop of newer Superstars. It’s an exciting and advantageous position for him to find himself.
Evidence that this will be The Year of The Showoff only continues to mount. And in the words of Dolph himself, “I set out to set the bar and what it means to be the best in this business.” For 2015, that means the best is yet to come. — Greg Adkins
When looking at who had the best 2014, it’s easiest to start with the guy who had the worst 2013, right? Dolph Ziggler’s fall from the mountaintop was as abrupt as it was absolute; the guy was World Heavyweight Champion at Easter, yet was taking a giant candy cane to the head from Fandango on Christmas. The Showoff’s 2014 was poised to be a similarly lost affair as late into the year as June, but then something happened: Dolph started winning. Again, and again, and again. His second — no, third — no, fourth — Intercontinental Championship came, plus a star-making spot in the Survivor Series main event, a run of instant-classic matches that should be required viewing at the Performance Center and a spot as the de facto reviver of said Intercontinental Championship.
He credits the WWE Universe for pulling him out of the woods and back toward the main event, but he’s not giving himself enough credit. He always was this good, this was just the year everyone finally realized what it was they were missing. Zig Man!!! — Anthony Benigno