WWE.com: 15 Superstars to watch in 2015

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Dolph Ziggler
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

Source: WWE.com

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WWE.com Editors’ Choice: Who had the best 2014?

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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

Source: WWE.com

Raw Fallout: December 29th, 2014 – The Authority Returns

Monday Night RAW: Results and Photos for December 29th, 2014

Monday Night RAW: Results and Photos for December 29th, 2014

Dolph Ziggler versus Rusev (with Lana) in a Non Title Champion versus Champion Match
Rusev backs Ziggler into the corner and he kicks and punches him. Ziggler with punches but Rusev with shoulders in the corner. Rusev with a kick to Ziggler. Ziggler with punches but Rusev with a back elbow and Ziggler is down. Rusev with elbow drops to Ziggler and he gets a near fall. Rusev with a chin lock and the arm trapped.

Ziggler gets back to his feet and he hits a jawbreaker to get out of the hold. Ziggler with an uppercut and he tries for the hesitation DDT but Rusev pushes him away. Ziggler with a drop kick and hesitation DDT for a near fall. We are back and Rusev with a splash to the back and Ziggler falls to the apron. Rusev returns to the chin lock with the arm trapped. We see exclusive footage from the app of Rusev catapulting Ziggler into the ring post. Ziggler with punches and another jawbreaker to get out of the hold. Ziggler drops Rusev on the top rope twice.

Ziggler goes up top and goes for a cross body but Rusev catches him. Ziggler lands on his feet on a Fallaway Slam. Ziggler with an uppercut and missile drop kick to Rusev. Ziggler leaps into the corner but Rusev pushes him away before Ziggler can connect with more punches. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall. Ziggler holds his knee while he struggles to get back to his feet. Ziggler lands on his feet on a belly-to-back attempt and then Ziggler has a super kick blocked. Rusev pushes Ziggler down and he misses a splash. Rusev walks into a super kick and Ziggler gets a near fall.

Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag but Rusev holds on to the ropes. Rusev with a kick to the knee and then he sends Ziggler shoulder first into the ring post. Rusev kicks Ziggler and the referee tries to pull Rusev out of the corner but he does not before the referee makes the five count and he calls for the bell.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler (by disqualification)

After the match, Rusev screams and he puts Ziggler in the Accolade while Ziggler is in the ropes.

WWE.com: 2014’s most unexpected breakout stars

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#1 Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler didn’t have a chip on his shoulder at the start of 2014 — he had a whole lumberyard. The Showoff couldn’t contain his frustration with the people in charge anymore. “I will not be outshined!” he screamed in a Jan. 31 interview.

Despite a pair of Intercontinental Title reigns, he couldn’t convince the powers that be. So late in 2014 at Survivor Series, Ziggler took out the people who were holding him down. As the only member of his team left standing at Survivor Series against Luke Harper, Kane and Seth Rollins, Ziggler finally shut his critics up. A Zig Zag took Kane out. A roll-up finished Harper. Superkicks stopped J&J Security from interfering before a Zig Zag — and help from Sting — allowed The Showoff to oust The Authority from power.

For a follow-up performance, Ziggler turned that lumberyard on his shoulder into gold by capturing his record-tying third Intercontinental Championship in the same year. Follow that. — Jeff Laboon

Source: WWE.com

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