The post-WrestleMania RAW had an electrifying crowd that made the crowning of two new champions special. Wade Barrett once again became the WWE Intercontinental champion after invoking his rematch clause, and Dolph Ziggler cashed in Money in the Bank to become the new WWE World Heavyweight champion. These two competitors were on top of the world last week, so how are they struggling this week?
Dolph Ziggler appeared to be building momentum after picking up a victory over Chris Jericho on SmackDown in a solid main event, but his embarrassing loss to Jack Swagger on RAW seemed to suggest our concern that he isn’t quite ready to lead as World champion. Then there’s Wade Barrett who suffered a loss to R-Truth, which frankly is unsettling. Three-times Barrett has been I-C champion, and he’s still hasn’t asserted himself as a dominant champion.
Jack Swager (or should we say Zeb Colter) had a point, if it wasn’t for the Patriot Lock, Ziggler would not have had a weakened Alberto Del Rio to take advantage of. Jack Swagger practically gift-wrapped the WWE World Heavyweight title to Ziggler, a title he has sorely been trying to recapture since his failed run in 2010. But if Dolph Ziggler does believe that his time is now, then he seriously needs to abandon his tactics for taking big bumps and start taking his opponents seriously. Jack Swagger has size and strength on his side, while Ziggler will have to utilize his wits because if he doesn’t, then we might very well see the WWE World Heavyweight title as the new symbol for Jack Swagger’s America.
Recall when Wade Barrett was the leader of The Nexus and immersed in the WWE championship picture? It seems like a distant memory as now the Barrett’s Barrage is suffering some weak loses. With a championship title defense coming up, Wade should dig down deep into his roots as a former bare-knuckle boxer and show R-Truth and any other challengers why he is next in-line to break out into the World title scene.
But it’s not just Dolph Ziggler and Wade Barrett who are struggling, Antonio Cesaro dropped the WWE United States championship to WWE’s residential jobber Kofi Kingston. Rumors have been floating around that Mr. McMahon is no longer supporting Cesaro’s push, and based on Cesaro yodeling instead of cutting anti-American culture promos, being left off the WrestleMania card, and of course losing the U.S. title, the rumors may be true. Which is truly sad seeing as Antonio Cesaro (as JBL put it) is a throw-back to old school professional wrestlers.
There’s also the WWE Divas champion Kaitlyn who’s biggest struggle is receiving air-time and mic-time. But let’s face it, when was the last time the WWE Divas title carried any worth in the eyes of the WWE?
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