With the dawn of SmackDown Live's New Era comes fresh beginnings and big opportunities, and nowhere is that truer than in the case of Dolph Ziggler, who is set to challenge WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam.
The Showoff qualified for the title match by winning a loaded No. 1 Contender's Six-Pack Challenge on SmackDown Live July 26, overcoming an all-star field of John Cena, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews. Before notching the massive win, Ziggler said he had "lost his way," but vowed to not let opportunity slip through his hands again. On Sunday, Aug. 21, he will have his chance to back up his words.
A two-time World Champion in WWE — not to mention, the record-holder for most wins in the history of Kent State's acclaimed wrestling program — Ziggler has emerged as one of the most resilient athletes in recent history.
Against WWE World Champion Ambrose, however, The Showoff faces a distinctly unorthodox brawler. Perpetual motion personified, Ambrose never backs down from a good fight, and the SummerSlam title bout against Ziggler is no different.
Will The Lunatic Fringe continue to reign supreme on SmackDown Live? Or will Ziggler's revitalized outlook on life in WWE's New Era prove to be unbeatable?