Dolph Ziggler pulled a rabbit out of the hat on Smackdown Live last Tuesday. He won a fatal four-way to become #1 contender for AJ Styles and the WWE championship. A world title match between those two is going to deliver without question. Is there a case for Ziggler to win the title on December 27th or will this be another case of almost winning the big one? Let’s take a look.

The underdog role needs to change

Dolph turned babyface after dropping the World Heavyweight Championship to Alberto del Rio in 2013. He’s been the underdog babyface that delivers great matches, but comes up short for awhile. There have been flashes of where we thought he might be getting his “push” outside of that role.

Survivor Series 2014 comes to mind when Ziggler outlasted three members of Team Authority with an assist from Sting. Many fans speculated that Roman Reigns was supposed to be in that spot. If you go back and watch that match, it would make sense considering the push he was on after he returned from injury.

Back to Ziggler, since the brand split the notion that he is so close to winning the big one has been his schtick. He finally overcame the odds against The Miz to win the Intercontinental title, only to lose it right back to him. He’s now the #1 contender to AJ Styles and the WWE championship. The match isn’t booked for the Royal Rumble and it’s hard to think they’re taking the belt of Styles on TV. Ziggler needs something to reinvigorate his career and get out of this merry-go-round of almost winning.

Is it the right time for a heel turn?

The most overused solution is turning a superstar heel to fix everything. Ziggler turning heel on December 27th isn’t a bad idea, but it’s not the only idea. The problem with doing that is does that mean AJ Styles is turning babyface? He debuted as a babyface and turned heel once already this year. That’s a lot of character change in less than 12 months. It would be hard for Ziggler to turn heel during the match without making Styles a babyface.

If that is the direction he would go, I’d like to see him and the Miz pair up together. If those two were to join forces they could pair up with Dash & Dawson from NXT. It would be like a modern day version of the Four Horsemen.

More of the same, or a new direction?

If Dolph isn’t turning heel on that night, how do we avoid the typical result? There are a lot of options for the blue brand to go with this match, and if all that happens is a classic title match where he comes up short, that’s okay. Options available:  Gallows & Anderson moving to Smackdown to re-unite The Club, a possible Dean Ambrose interference and heel turn, or the possibility of Shane McMahon interfering to align himself with Styles.

Personally, I think Ziggler needs something new to kickstart his career with all the new talent available. Whether it’s a heel turn by him or someone else to screw him over, something has got to give. Creatively it doesn’t make a lot of sense for Styles to drop his title to Ziggler right now. Whether or not Dolph turns heel, it would behoove him and the company to change the current formula. What do you think? Let me know in the comments or via social media.

Marcus Hagness, a college graduate, living in North Dakota, is a WWE and UNC writer for The Sports Blaze. Follow TSB on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook. Reach Marcus on Twitter (@TheRealHags) or email him at


About The Author

Marcus Hagness
WWE, UNC Hoops Writer

Marcus Hagness, a North Dakota native has been writing about sports since 2008 at Mayville State University in the sports information department. Upon his departure from working for Mayville State in 2014, Marcus wrote for FanSided's "Keeping It Heel" site and had two articles picked up by the Bleacher Report through their team stream service. Hagness is currently covering the North Carolina Tar Heels and WWE for The Sports Blaze

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