Dolph Ziggler has been absent from WWE television for over one month. His last appearance was in the battle royal on the July 4 edition of Smackdown. Before that, he was losing matches to Shinsuke Nakamura regularly. What happened to Ziggler? Nothing in particular other than him being off TV like many other performers on Smackdown such as Mike & Maria Kanellis, Chad Gable, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Sin Cara and others. It’s the biggest WWE roster ever and you can’t use everybody. It’s just the way things are right now.
In Ziggler’s case, we might have an answer as to what is next for him. The news comes from the Bryan Alvarez’ “Filthy Four Daily” show with Tom Lawlor at F4WOnline as they discussed Smackdown. When Tom brought up Ziggler, Alvarez provided this small bit of information.
“Dolph Ziggler is probably going to be repackaged, if you must know. I don’t know what he’s going to do, but he’s going to be repackaged … whatever that means.”
They joked about how Ziggler’s going to dye his hair brown again or maybe become a golf caddy. The return of Kerwin White anyone?
It’s not known what the repackaging will mean for Ziggler. He could be paired up with a valet, maybe they get him a big guy to be his bodyguard (like they did with Big E during the beloved Team Rocket era), or they simply move him to Raw to try to set up some different rivalries for him. For now, it’s not known what it might be, but if you’re wondering about Ziggler it sounds like there’s some sort of change coming for him.
I thought Ziggler had one of the best WWE feuds of 2016 with The Miz as they battled over the Intercontinental Title for a few months late last year. The match at No Mercy 2016 where he put his career on the line was one of the best matches of his career. Sadly, the feud didn’t really lead to anything interesting for Ziggler in the months that followed although he did return to his heel ways earlier this year.
What’s next? Your guess is as good as ours. Stay tuned to see what the next chapter might be for Ziggler in WWE.