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Is WWE setting up Dolph Ziggler for one last title run?

Joe Nocco



May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler walks on the court during a timeout in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Is the WWE setting up Dolph Ziggler for one last title run? With the veteran superstar recently seeing his role within the company diminish, perhaps there will be one last push for the longtime WWE staple. However, this could also be the beginning of the end for Ziggler, who has not been particularly secretive about his unhappiness regarding his current status on the SmackDown Live roster.

“I hate it,” Ziggler recently told E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness. “But also I’m someone who — I hate that I’m not the champion. I hate that the show’s not about me, because that’s the mentality you should have if you’re in the business.”

Despite the slip in air-time and his lack of meaningful storylines, Ziggler was recently tabbed to take part in a triple-threat match at the upcoming Clash of Champions pay-per-view alongside both Bobby Roode and Baron Corbin with the latter’s United States Championship on the line. As a result, it appears as though the WWE will at least be giving Ziggler one last night in the limelight — if not one final title run when all is said and done. With the Intercontinental Championship over on Monday Night Raw in the hands of Roman Reigns and the phenomenal A.J. Styles currently sporting the WWE Championship on Tuesday evenings, “The Showoff’s” best shot at gold is most certainly the United States title.

“I have a very short amount of time left to figure out if I want to do that again or if there’s something to reach for,” Ziggler continued. “All I could reach for is having fun-ass matches and tearing it down on the [non-televised] weekends, because there doesn’t seem to be a specific, great prize to reach for here that I can attain.

“It’s really weird that I can’t get more but trust me when I say that every day I’m knocking on the door and demanding more.”

Although this would be the perfect time to allow Ziggler to make his way back into the fold for one last go-round atop the roster, it seems as though time has perhaps already run out as the seasoned superstar and heralded wrestler has other plans in the works.

“I’ve been doing things with Fox News and Fox Business that I really enjoy,” he said while adding that he is “about to have a recurring segment” with Fox Business.

Now 37 years old, Ziggler has already achieved pretty much everything there is to accomplish under the umbrella of the famed professional wrestling organization. Notably a former two-time WWE Champion, he is also a five-time Intercontinental Champion, former Money in the Bank winner and one-time United States Champion. Even if Ziggler has plans of leaving the WWE sometime in the near future, it is only right for the company to give the once popular heel his time to shine while allowing him to ultimately go out on top.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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