By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Depending on what website you read or how you listen to there's a mixed bag on the future of WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler. This Sunday "The Showoff" puts his career on the line as he challenges the Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
Some say Dolph's contract is nearing an end and this is a way to write him off TV as he pursues a career backstage as an agent. Others say his contract isn't up until sometime in 2017 and beating the Miz Sunday will rejuvenate what's been a lackluster couple of years for Dolph. I'm torn on what I want to happen. Here's why...
Dolph Ziggler has been one of my favorites in recent years. He has all the tools to be a main event level Superstar. The look, the talent and the verbal skills. But for some reason, WWE Creative has started and stopped with him so many times fans have become disconnected from him.
I popped like a bag of Orville Redenbacher when Dolph cashed in Money in the Bank and beat Alberto Del Rio the night after WrestleMania 29. Like many, I thought this was finally the start of something big for Dolph, but injuries plagued him and soon he was without the gold and sliding down the card.
Until the recent brand split, it seemed there wasn't much in store for the former U.S., Intercontinental and World Heavyweight champion. But after a program with both WWE Champion Dean Ambrose and the current feud with Miz for the IC title, I feel like Dolph is once again about to grab that "brass ring."
I fully endorse another run with the belt for Ziggler and the subsequent push that would likely follow. But I also am a huge fan of the Miz and the booking of he and Maryse with the belt. The IC title finally has some value and keeping it around the Miz's waist will only add stability to what was once the second most coveted prize in WWE.
Dolph would make a great champ, but from a storyline perspective having him lose and eventually make his way back into the ring could be an even better story to tell. Maybe he comes back repackaged in the new year... Let's face it, even though he "must retire" if he losses, who many wrestling retirements actually stuck? Heck 15 years after calling it quits Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat even returned to the ring for a few matches against Chris Jericho.
So I'm torn on what I want to have happen Sunday. But one thing is for sure, at 36 I think Dolph still has plenty to offer and I don't want to see him leave the business. However, if there are better opportunities in Hollywood and beyond I would not want my selfishness as a fan get in the way of a man's dream.