The WWE is holding their No Mercy pay-per-view match tonight and one of the key matches is for the Intercontinental Championship with The Miz putting the belt on the line against Dolph Ziggler. However, it looks like the WWE may have spoiled the end of the No Mercy match with its description sent to TV Guide and other cable outlets.
“From San Jose. A recap of No Mercy, including the three-way battle for world champion; and a look at Dolph Ziggler’s exit from WWE.”
The No Mercy match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship has the stipulation set that if Dolph Ziggler loses then he has to leave professional wrestling. They also set it up so that he said he wouldn’t just go to WWE Monday Night Raw, but he will never wrestle again if he loses at No Mercy.
One of the thoughts was that the Dolph Ziggler WWE contract was expiring at the end of October and that No Mercy would mark the end of his in-ring career in the WWE. There are other places, such as New Japan and Ring of Honor after No Mercy, which would be a perfect fit for Dolph Ziggler.
Despite those thoughts, there is also word that Dolph Ziggler isn’t leaving the WWE, but just quitting wrestling after the No Mercy special WWE event tonight. According to Ric Flair on a recent episode of his podcast, the WWE wants to move Dolph Ziggler to a producer’s role instead of having him continue to wrestle following No Mercy.
“[Dolph Ziggler] has too much left to offer to the business, and I think, I hope I’m not letting the cat out of the bag, I think they want him to work in the office… He can be with the company as long as he wants to be. He’s that good. He’s that a nice guy and he’s that highly thought of, so he’s in a good place.”
Of course, Dolph Ziggler is keeping hopes alive for WWE No Mercy tonight, saying that he will never retire on Twitter and even throwing in a “WOO” to possibly pay tribute to Ric Flair since he made the comments.
Now, if Dolph Ziggler does end up retiring after WWE No Mercy, then it will end a career that was more promising than many but never seemed to take off. He has all the looks in the world and moves around the ring like no one since Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig.
Heading into this moment at WWE No Mercy it is easy to look back and see that Dolph Ziggler did everything he accomplished with so much baggage in his past. He got his start in the WWE as part of the Spirit Squad, a group of male cheerleaders that became a joke and ended up “shipped back” to developmental. Dolph Ziggler also served as the caddy for Chavo Guerrero Jr. when Chavo wrestled as Kerwin White.
Dolph Ziggler finally started to get over when he came back as a villain with AJ Lee as his manager and Big E as his bodyguard. He was getting popular thanks to his bumping in the WWE rings and then was at the height of his popularity when he cashed in his WWE Money in the Bank briefcase to beat Alberto Del Rio for the world championship on WWE Monday Night Raw.
Dolph Ziggler blew the roof off the arena when he won the title and it looked like there was no limit to how big Dolph Ziggler could be. However, Dolph Ziggler suffered a concussion and ended up losing the title and never hit those heights again.
Dolph Ziggler almost reached that level last year when he ended the reign of The Authority. While it looked like the WWE was finally getting behind him again, they had John Cena come in and reverse the victory of Dolph Ziggler, and he never recovered. If he loses at No Mercy tonight, it will just be another stumble in his career.
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It seems that Dolph Ziggler has always had what it takes to be a huge star in the WWE, but injuries and the WWE backing out of his pushes have always left him behind. Over his career, Ziggler has been a two-time WWE world champion, four-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time United States Champion, and won the 2012 Money in the Bank winner. He has one more chance tonight at No Mercy.
WWE No Mercy airs tonight on the WWE Network. Dolph Ziggler battles The Miz in a match for the Intercontinental Championship on the line against the career of Dolph Ziggler.
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