CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
Pro Wrestling Torch
Pro Wrestling Torch Reaches The Most Wrestling Fans Every Week: #1 in iTunes • #1 on iPhone and iPad • #1 on Android • #1 on Kindle
GOT THE PWTORCH APP YET?
iPhone & iPad
Android
Amazon Kindle
Windows Phone
PWTorch Phone App
MCNEILL'S TAKE
McNEILL's Thursday Thoughts: The Case of Dolph Ziggler

Dec 6, 2012 - 3:47:41 PM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY


Staff07Pat120.jpg
By Pat McNeill, PWTorch columnist

WWE Champion C.M. Punk had surgery on Tuesday to remove cartilage from his knee. Speaking as someone who had a similar injury (under less athletic circumstances), I wish the champ well as he tries to complete knee rehab in time for the Royal Rumble.

Punk's injury and surgery has consequences for WWE as we head into the December 16 "Tables, Ladders & Chairs" pay-per-view in Brooklyn. For one thing, Mr. McMahon had to appear on Raw and, for the second month in a row, change the pay-per-view lineup. This time, it wasn't even Vince's fault. When the Royal Rumble lineup comes out next month, the company will need to send Mr. McMahon out to change the lineup again before fans will believe it's the actual card.

The new main event for "TLC" is John Cena against Dolph Ziggler in a ladder match for Dolph Ziggler's "Money In The Bank" briefcase. WWE probably changed the stipulation in order to add some intrigue to the match. That's necessary, seeing as John Cena has pinned Dolph Ziggler two weeks in a row on Raw. But WWE now has to tip its hand, a month earlier than expected, and chart a course for WrestleMania.

On the Aftershow yesterday, a reader wanted to know why Dolph Ziggler wouldn't go ahead and cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase early, to keep Cena from getting his hands on it. That's a great question. Frankly, John Cena doesn't need the Money in the Bank briefcase, especially if he's going to end up facing The Rock at WrestleMania XXIX. And we've established on Raw that Ziggler really has an issue with Cena. So, here are some other possibilities.

(1) Ziggler tanks, coming out at the start of the pay-per-view, cashing in the briefcase and letting Big Show pin him, just to stick it to Cena.

(2) With Cena and Ziggler probably going on last, Ziggler attacks the winner of the Big Show vs. Sheamus match, cashes in the briefcase and wins the Smackdown title. Then Cena beats Ziggler in the main event, but Ziggler has the title and Cena has reason to pursue Dolph, stretching out the feud.

(3) Ziggler actually wins the match. This is obviously the least likely finish, since WWE might want to have a happy ending after two straight months of screwjob main events. The Shield comes out and beats up Cena, helping Dolph climb the ladder to victory. Heck, you could even have Dolph as the mysterious hand behind The Shield.

There are plenty of options for WWE on the 16th. What matters most is that the promotion stays on course from December through WrestleMania.

Pat McNeill of Richmond, Virginia has been a PWTorch Columnist since 2001.


We suggest these recent related articles...
MCNEILL: Can I have your attention, please? An important announcement from the Pro Wrestling Industry
For One Night Only: McNEILL previews TNA Bound For Glory 2014 (w/ Wrestling History Lesson)!
10 YRS AGO MCNEILL FLASHBACK: Raw Factor: Kill Bill Goldberg (Volume One)
prowrestling.net
CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE PW.NET HEADLINES


CLICK TO EMAIL THIS ARTICLE
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO MAIN LISTING

NEW! SIGN UP FOR FREE PWTORCH BREAKING NEWS EMAIL ALERTS
BECOME A PWTORCH VIP MEMBER
-FORMER MEMBERS LOGIN HERE TO RENEW
-NEW MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
SELECT BY ARTICLES CATEGORY
SEARCH PWTORCH.COM



CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING PRO WRESTLING EVENTS
MORE HEADLINES AT AFFILIATE SITES
MMATorch
LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR MORE MMATORCH HEADLINES


PWTORCH POLL - VOTE NOW!
LIVECAST POLL: Who do you think will be WWE champion at the end of the year?
 
pollcode.com free polls
MCNEILL LIVECAST POLL: Which match at Hell in a Cell are you looking forward to most?
 
pollcode.com free polls


LIVECAST POLL: Which HIAC match should go on last at the PPV?
 
pollcode.com free polls
RAW POLL 10/20: If you watched Raw, the show was...
 
pollcode.com free polls


HIAC PPV POLL 10/20: What's your view on WWE's Hell in a Cell PPV?
 
pollcode.com free polls
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS



LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE INC HEADLINES

_
LATEST FREE AUDIO SHOWS - CLICK TO LISTEN VIEW MORE PWTORCH LIVECAST EPISODES
DOWNLOAD PWTORCH LIVECAST APP
SUBSCRIBE TO PWTORCH LIVECAST IN ITUNES


ABOUT US

THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE

PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.

He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.

He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).

He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)


REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTORCH STAFF

EDITORS:
Wade Keller, editor
(kellerwade@gmail.com)

James Caldwell, assistant editor
(pwtorch@gmail.com)

STAFF COLUMNISTS:
Bruce Mitchell (since 1990)
Pat McNeill (since 2001)
Greg Parks (since 2007)
Sean Radican (since 2003)

We also have a great team of
TV Reporters
and Specialists and Artists.

PWTORCH VIP MEMBERSHIP

PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.

Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.

The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...

-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars.


**SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**

CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCASTIPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
VIP SIGN-UP
VIP LOGIN
THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE | © 1999-2013 TDH Communications Inc. • All rights reserved -- PRIVACY POLICY