Despite the opposition, Dolph Ziggler just won’t back down. Irate that he wasn’t involved in the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Mr. Money in the Bank opened his unfiltered mouth again, earning himself a match against Kofi Kingston. The Showoff prevailed, stealing the show with a victory, which was capped off by a vicious attack on Kingston by Big E Langston.
The brash Ziggler, who was accompanied by Big E and AJ Lee, claimed he didn’t need to compete in the No. 1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match because he already has the Money in the Bank contract. After insulting this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, Ziggler referred to himself as WWE’s most physically gifted Superstar. When SmackDown General Manager Booker T finally stopped The Showoff’s tirade, he challenged him to take on a Superstar who he said can do everything Ziggler can and then some — Kofi Kingston.
These two Superstars put each other to the test in an intensely physical battle. Kingston’s high-flying, risky maneuvers were countered by Ziggler’s perfected sleeper holds and refusal to back down. With Langston and AJ waiting in the wings to help at a moment’s notice, Ziggler dominated the match when it mattered most. After tossing Kingston into the ring post, Mr. Money in the Bank hit him with an impressive Zig Zag for the victory. After the match, Kingston’s suffering continued as Langston went on the attack, hitting him with the Big Ending.
Both Superstars had a tough week leading into Elimination Chamber, as Kingston suffered a loss on Raw to Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett. Meanwhile, Ziggler was first defeated by Kane on Raw, giving the WWE Tag Team Champion a spot in the Elimination Chamber Match, then he was beaten by World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio on WWE Main Event. Clearly that wasn’t nearly enough to stop The Showoff.
With his victory at Elimination Chamber, Ziggler has caught the attention of the locker room again and put several champions on high alert. The Showoff is still dangerously waiting in the wings with his Money in the Bank contract, as well as Langston on his side, ready to cash in at a moment’s notice.