When Dolph Ziggler lost the WWE Intercontinental championship this past Monday on RAW to Bad News Barrett, WWE fans were disappointed. however, at the end of the show when Ziggler was fired along with Ryback and Erick Rowan, his title loss made a bit more sense. Unfortunately, WWE's decision to take the IC title off of Ziggler wasn't due to the fact that he was going to be fired at the end of the show, it was actually their way of punishing him for booking a stand-up comedy show without their permission.
Ziggler has done stand-up comedy off and on since he's been on the road with WWE, and has said in the past that he wants to be a stand-up comedian after his wrestling career comes to a close. So Ziggler booking a comedy show is nothing new. However, it looks like the difference this time was that Ziggler didn't contact any of the "higher-ups" in WWE to let them know what his plans were, even though the comedy show he had booked wouldn't interfere with his WWE schedule.
The majority of WWE fans feel that Dolph Zigger has been vastly underutilized during his WWE tenure, and over the last couple of months WWE has finally acknowledged that, and given Ziggler somewhat of a push. WWE has even considered having Ziggler win the 2015 Royal Rumble. Now, due to WWE being upset with the "Show Off," that possibility could be thrown out the window.
F4WOnline's Bryan Alvarez believes that Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback will all be on WWE's live event tour this week, and possibly be on RAW Monday after being fired at the end of last week's show, which is very possible due to the lack of depth on WWE's full-time roster.
WWE being upset with Ziggler may cause him to miss even more time than Ryback and Rowan will, and they may even take him out of the Royal Rumble match.
Whenever Ziggler returns, there's no guarantee that he'll return to the spot he has been in over the past several months as one of the prominently featured wrestlers on the show. Worst case scenario is that Ziggler will go back to doing what he was doing in the middle part of 2014, which was working as a glorified enhancement wrestler. But there's also a good chance that WWE's way of punishing Ziggler was to just take the Intercontinental title off of him, and when he returns, he'll be right back to where he was before he left.
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