Let’s start out by realizing that this is a precipitous drop for Ziggler after being WHC in May/June. The drop from former WHC to midcard is almost Swagger-esque. He’s being punished for comments made during Summerslam. Nonetheless, the punishment isnt nearly as bad as Triple H jobbing to the UW at Wrestlemania. The WWE at least realizes the values inherent in Ziggler and will still keep him on television in a position where he can shine. That brings us to the Ziggler/Ambrose match at NOC for the United States title.
Let’s cast aside the huge issue that many people have with Ziggler not being in the Main Event and focus on the match. Ziggler and Ambrose have great chemistry in the ring together. Their Smackdown match was very good and there’s been tension specifically between these two since Ambrose attacked Ziggler before a match with Ryback a few weeks ago on Raw. Although overlooked, this match could be a show stealer. The match combines two distinct, dynamic, passionate characters and two highly-trained, skilled, athletically gifted wrestlers in one match.
We have a loudmouth show-off being tasked with trying to take a title from an eccentric, violence-loving malefactor who’s supported by a corporate establishment that’s ruthless and swift in putting down opposition. Although a last-second match, there is more than enough there to create intrigue and appeal among the casual fan. Ziggler’s flashy personality is backed by his in-ring moveset as he has a flashy, showy array of moves that demonstrate his athleticism with aplomb. While Ambrose has move set based around finding out creative ways to inflict pain and wear down the opponent. If Smackdown was any indication, juxtaposing those styles should make for a solid match.
With little build to this match, expect this match to be more about the wrestling than anything else. With these two combatants stepping into the ring against each other, that could only be good. This may turn out to be one of the best wrestled matches of the night. This pairing should be one that we’ll see again in 3 years, when a new guard has taken over the reigns in the WWE, and the stakes will likely be much higher.