As we reported on our Fastlane podcast, Dolph Ziggler vs Shane McMahon was scrapped over the weekend.
We did NOT report this via a news article, because we wanted to allow Brad Shepard to look like the news stealing moron that he is. Shepard stole our news from Patreon, which against the T & Cs of Patreon, and had himself credited with breaking the story by multiple sources. You can see the dates, below:
You also see that we mentioned sitting on the story at the beginning of the story, based on the fact our source told us to tread carefully, because the WWE only came up with the Ziggler vs Shane idea on the fly last Tuesday.
The WWE then proceeded to book last Tuesday’s show with the mindset that this match was happening. This was clearly the direction, given the fact that Ziggler was:
- Playing a heel out of the blue, when he confronted AJ Styles and attacked the fans, after being booked as a face since his return.
- Mentioning himself never having a one vs one match at WrestleMania and that it was a joke.
- Blaming WWE management for holding him down on TV and on social media, where he uploaded videos, as heel, alluding to his issues.
Why plans changed? Because Braun is the priority and so is Raw.
Plans changed over the weekend, when Vince McMahon decided that Braun Strowman was going to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Titles by himself, viewing that as the best idea pitched for Strowman for WrestleMania. With Strowman and Raw the priority, and at the top of the totem pole, it had a negative effect on Dolph Ziggler, who is unfortunately, still very low on the totem pole.
The original plan was for Owens and Zayn to move to Raw to face The Bar. That’s who the spot was being left open for. This would’ve left the door open for Ziggler vs Shane. This would have left Braun Strowman facing Kane in a Casket match- a idea Vince McMahon was happy to go with, given the Strowman-Kane feud hasn’t ever been blown off and McMahon’s genuine love for Glenn Jacobs.
Owens and Zayn would’ve ended up on Raw by being fired from SmackDown by Shane McMahon. The plan was for Owens and Zayn to complain about being screwed at Fastlane and for Daniel Bryan to agree and put them in a tag match vs Styles and Nakamura. Bryan would add the stipulation that, if they won, they would be added to Nakamura vs Styles and it would be a Fatal 4 way. Shane would add the stipulation that if they lost, they would be fired from SmackDown. They would of course, lose and be fired. Incidentally, the Styles and Nakamura vs Owens and Zayn tag match, is still slated to take place this Friday at MSG. Read into that what you will.
Therefore, with Braun taking on The Bar, you could not move on to Ziggler vs Shane, whilst Owens and Zayn remained on the brand in the midst of a feud with Shane McMahon. Rather than randomly starting a new feud, the only thing that made sense was to blow-off the Shane McMahon/Owens/Zayn feud at WrestleMania, with the door still open for Daniel Bryan to partner up with Shane, if he decides to do so. As we previously reported, Bryan initially turned down the role as it involved standing on the apron and doing very little, until the finish. It would be similar to how the WWE plan to book Ronda Rousey’s in her Mixed Tag match.
Meanwhile, Dolph Ziggler, who was left off TV last night, looks to be left out of in the cold- not for the first time in his career. However, as Dolph did just recently sign a new contract with certain guarantees and given that he’s hugely popular with WWE’s sponsors, one of the main reasons WWE re-signed him, it’ll be very interesting to see how things develop.