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