A new match for Bragging Rights was made official this past Monday Night. The United States champion Daniel Bryan directly challenged the Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler to a Raw champion versus Smackdown champion bout. Since WWE did the bare minimum to build this match, this post will guide you to what these champions bring to the table.
History of Champions
Daniel Bryan won the United States title from The Miz at Night of Champions. He won the match by forcing his former NXT mentor to tap out to the LeBell Lock. Daniel Bryan then proceeded to successfully defend the U.S. title in the first-ever Triple Threat Submission’s Count Anywhere match at Hell in a Cell, which included John Morrison and The Miz, who tapped out again. After proving his worth as a champion against two of WWE’s top performers, Daniel Bryan has the opportunity to represent and earn a victory for Raw.
Dolph Ziggler–after a year of chasing the title–became the Intercontinental champion on the August 6 edition of Smackdown. The controversial win saw Ziggler’s girlfriend, Smackdown’s Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero, intervene on his behalf. However, Dolph Ziggler successfully defended the championship against Kofi Kingston at Night of Champions, where the rules stated that Ziggler would lose the title if he intentionally lost via DQ or Count-out. Since then, Ziggler has defended his championship against former two-time United States champion MVP. At Bragging Rights, will Vickie Guerrero prove to be an asset as she has in the past, or will Dolph Ziggler earn a win over Daniel Bryan on his own?
No Televised Grudge
As far as WWE programing is concerned, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler–not counting this past Monday–have never interacted with one another. But in the social network of Twitter, Dolph Ziggler certainly had his share of jabs at Daniel Bryan following his release from WWE back in June.
–“i guess if WWE had a 130 pound weight class, i would cut down and BEAT daniel bryanson, but oh wait, i cant he doesnt work here!”
–“a lot of jealous people out there tweeting from their mom’s basement! bryanson couldnt handle the big leagues and fears me! cant blame him..”
For those that remember these series of tweets from Dolph Ziggler and were for Daniel Bryan being reinstated to WWE, this match between the two champions will especially be worth the wait.
Unlike Last Year
Last year’s Bragging Rights, wrestling fans got to see a long-awaited grudge match between U.S. champion The Miz and I-C champion John Morrison. The two were the greatest tag team of the 21st century, but the draft split the two members on different brands and different career paths. The match was not only about Bragging Rights for Brand supremacy, it was about who was the Shawn Michaels and who was the Marty Jannetty of their tag team. Everyone assumed that John Morrison would easily defeat The Miz, and score the first victory for Smackdown. But in a major upset, Miz toppled Morrison and earned Raw’s only victory of the night. That match would later define Miz as the future of the WWE, and at this year’s Bragging Rights, Miz is Raw’s Team Captain.
Who knows, we might see Daniel Bryan or Dolph Ziggler as Team Captains at next year’s Bragging Rights.