Isn’t in convenient that Dolph Ziggler has turned babyface recently? With Undertaker needing an opponent at Wrestlemania 33 in April the timing makes a lot of sense if Vince McMahon wanted to pull the trigger on a Taker-Ziggler match on the show. This upcoming Wrestlemania will likely be Undertaker’s last one so why not send him off with one of the best workers on the WWE roster?
Ziggler turned heel two weeks ago after being stuck in a rut as a top-middle tier babyface who can get close in big matches but never can seem to get over the hump. He had big matches with Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles in 2016 for the WWE Title but never could win the strap. Now as a bad guy Ziggler will once again be around the main event picture going forward in 2017 as a top heel. Let’s face it Ziggler is a much better heel than babyface anyway so the WWE should utilize him while they still have him.
It’s no secret that Ziggler will likely be walking away in the next year or so. “The Showoff” has made it no secret that he wants to retire sooner rather than later and still have his health later in life. With all the starts and stops in his career he never had a memorable run as the top guy in the WWE despite winning the World Title on two occasions. Since he’s never really been rewarded for all of his hard work over the years with a run as a champion Vince McMahon should put him with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The way Ziggler’s been booked over the last nine months it’s not that big of a stretch to put him in the match. He was in a title match at Summerslam with Dean Ambrose so a high profile match with Taker could be put together rather easily and accepted by fans giving his standing on the Smackdown roster.
Ziggler is a bump machine and could make a 51 year old Undertaker look like the vintage “Dead Man” from the 90s. Everyone knows Taker is going to win at Mania anyway, why not make him look really good? Putting someone like Goldberg or Roman Reigns in the ring with Taker would be terrible to watch and the future WWE Hall of Famer deserves to have a great match on his way out.
The set up would be the Royal Rumble match. The match is winding down and Ziggler and Taker are among the final four Undertaker and Ziggler battle it out and Undertaker winds up throwing him out. Ziggler gives him a thumbs up from outside the ring and offers to shake his hand. When Taker reaches down Ziggler can pull him out, costing “The Phenom” a chance at a main event match at Wrestlemania. From there they go to Smackdown on Tuesday and they do the elaborate entrance for “The Dead Man”. Out comes the lumbering mythological Undertaker to the ring. When he gets in the ring and the lights come on the hat and duster come off and it’s Ziggler in the middle of the ring and he calls out Taker for Wrestlemania 33. The WWE can milk it and have Undertaker wait a week or two before accepting, all the while each week Ziggler runs him down in the middle of the ring. It’s easy to set up.
The Wrestlemania match would elevate Ziggler as well who could then transition back to feuding with John Cena who will likely be the champ on Smackdown. Cena and Ziggler have a little history together, both having dated Nikki Bella. The WWE even teased Ziggler and Bella possibly getting back together two years ago when Cena was the U.S. champ. Why not go all out and make Ziggler a dastardly heel who is trying to win Nikki back after his match with Undertaker? It makes a lot of sense.
Right now Undertaker is rumored to be facing Cena in April or maybe someone else like Roman Reigns or Baron Corbin. McMahon can’t seem to decide what to do with “The Dead Man”. Ziggler is a much better option than Shane McMahon was at Wrestlemania 32. Everyone knew going into last year’s Mania that Taker was going to destroy Shane and Shane-O-Mac would be coming off the top of the cell. It made for a good highlight but hardocore fans weren’t pleased with the nepotism and predictable booking, especially when there were more deserving guys on the card like Ziggler.
If Wrestlemania 33 is the last one for Undertaker there’s really one guy for the job, Dolph Ziggler. All he needs is a chance to showoff on the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania.