Dolph Ziggler comes to the ring for his match against Baron Corbin. Baron Corbin’s music plays but he does not come out to the ring. His music plays a second time and there is no Baron Corbin. We see Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens attacking Baron Corbin in the back. Kevin and Sami walk away and Corbin starts to get up. Corbin fights back and he punches Zayn but Owens hits Corbin from behind and they send him into a container. Kevin says one down, one more to go.
Dolph Ziggler is ready for Kevin and Sami. Kevin and Sami go to the stage and Sami goes through the crowd. Ziggler attacks Zayn in the crowd but Owens hits Ziggler from behind. Owens with forearms and Zayn with punches. Ziggler is sent into a trash can. Ziggler is sent back into the ringside area. Ziggler punches Zayn but Owens stops Ziggler and sends him into the ring post. Zayn with a Helluva Kick to Ziggler. Corbin comes to the ring and he attacks Zayn but Owens and Zayn stop him and Corbin is sent into the ringside barrier. Officials try to stop Kevin and Sami from the assault. Sami and Kevin go to the back as we go to commercial.
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler walks in the back and he is asked by Renee Young about being away. Dolph says he has to be more selective picking his spots. Dolph has another opportunity and he says he loves this. It is about doing what he was put on this planet to do. Perform in that ring. No one is better than him and no one will outshine him. Kevin and Sami know that more than anyone. They know what he is capable of. They cannot stop him. The reason he is here right now, he wants to main event Wrestlemania. He will damned if he does not walk in there as WWE Champion. Continue reading
Dolph Ziggler comes out to his record scratch entrance and he makes his way to the ring. Dolph says I told you so. For all of you who asked why is Dolph in the US Title match, this is why. You think him being in the US Title match and walking out as champion was out of nowhere, then you have not been paying attention to the last twelve years. Dolph says he walked into work and accepted every challenge given to him and he took them. Some might say they are the biggest or the baddest or the most charismatic. That isn’t him because he is the best. No one can do what he does in the ring. If the title isn’t good enough for you.
This is the start of his second US Title reign. Maybe you need a refresher course. We when Dolph won the US title for the first time in 2011. Dolph says he is just getting started tonight. It is real convenient to forget it but Dolph is a five time Intercontinental Champion. We see his title victories. Dolph reminds us that he is also a World Champion who successfully cashed in Money in the Bank. Some of you were there pretending to be a part of it. Dolph says he is one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history. Night after night and year after year he proved it to himself and to all of you. Year after year, he goes unappreciated. Dolph says you are not worthy of his presence, none of you are. Dolph says none of you deserve him. Do you want something to remember him by? Dolph drops the title belt and walks out of the ring.
Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler – United States Championship Match
The story of the match early on was Roode was at a disadvantage. Crowd was really into everyone early. Corbin accidentally nailed Zigger to eliminate him from the equation for a bit. Roode and Corbin battled. Ziggler jumped on Roode for the Zig Zag but it was avoided. Roode tried to come off the ropes but Ziggler avoided it and nailed the Famouser. Corbin broke it up at the last second. Corbin nailed each competitor with clotheslines but was nailed by Ziggler with a dropkick. Corbin nailed Deep Six on Roode, who got his shoulder up at the last second. Crowd chanted for Roode. Corbin placed Roode on the top but was fought off. Ziggler pounced and attempted the superplex but Corbin slipped under him to nail a powerbomb at the same time for a Tower of Doom spot. Good stuff so far with a lot of hard work.
Lots of back and forth big spots and near falls. Ziggler nearly scored the pin with a DDT out of a Glorious DDT attempt. The crowd is super into all the near falls. Corbin tossed Dolph over the top. He charged Roode, who ducked and Corbin went over the top. Roode nailed the Glorious DDT on Ziggler and tossed Corbin to the floor again, but Corbin pulled him out of the ring as he attempted to get the pin. Corbin nailed the chokeslam into the backbreaker on the floor. Corbin tossed Roode back into the ring and was going for End of Days but Ziggler caught him with the Zig Zag mid-move and scored the surprise pin.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Before WWE’s most patriotic show of the year, Tribute to the Troops, airs on Thursday, December 14th on USA at 8 p.m. ET, Dolph Ziggler chatted with me about the state of his career, if there’s anything about it he would change and why he thinks Naomi has the best “comeback” in the business.
Give me one word to describe your career this year?
“Wow one word? OK you tell me how your career has been this year in one word.”
Ummm …. That’s a good question (laughs)
“See it’s not that easy.”
I would say winding. Where I’m at now as opposed to where I was in January is drastically different.
“OK that’s fair. I would say solid. I’m pretty reliable no matter what situation I’m in at work and also solid in that I’ve been pretty busy doing things beyond wrestling.”
On Edge and Christian’s podcast you opened up about your unhappiness with the placement of your character right now ….
“That was a sentence in an hour and a half discussion. I know it makes for a great click-bait article where I’m like ‘yeah it sucks!’ But they left out the part where I talk about how I want to be better and here’s why everyone should be working to be better. That’s the part people leave out, which is fine.
If you’re … you’re at NBC Sports right?
“OK if you’re doing great work for the last 10 years and you want to be in the top position at your job and you’re scratching and clawing, wouldn’t you be unhappy if there was no movement? You would go ‘Sure, yeah I want to be on top!’ But not everyone gets to be on top at once. Of course I hate not being the champion and not having the show revolve around me, but I love it. That chip on my shoulder drives me to keep going and keep proving how good I am, until somebody somehow shows me some instance where I wasn’t great at my job.” Continue reading