Everyone is picking their favorites ahead of Sunday’s WWE Money In The Bank Pay-Per-View event. But what’s especially interesting is that when it comes to the match from which the show gets its name, there’s one man who practically everyone is counting out: Dolph Ziggler.

WhatCulture shared the chances that “The Showoff” would emerge with the briefcase are “extremely slim,” citing Bet Wrestling’s MITB odds. Meanwhile, Bleacher Report declared Dolph Ziggler a non-factor within the very first sentence of its Money In The Bank contest prediction. Is it possible the WWE could shock everyone and throw a bone to the ultimate underdog?

It’s important to remember that Dolph Ziggler is a former Money In The Bank winner. He ended the 2012 event as the last man standing, briefcase in hand.

Then in April 2013, Ziggler used the briefcase to win the World Heavyweight Championship on Raw.

Things are obviously much different for Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown these days. However, Ziggler’s positive history with the Money In The Bank event does at least provide a precedent for a win, no matter how highly unlikely such a win currently seems.

Additionally, Ziggler winning the briefcase would inadvertently provide the WWE with a fresh, unpredictable storyline for its current SmackDown champion, Jinder Mahal. Mahal’s sudden rise to the top puzzled many wrestling fans. In fact, the WWE took great pleasure in showing off the stunned expressions of its fans immediately after the Indo-Canadian wrestler won the belt from Randy Orton in May 2017.

Despite his speedy climb to the mountain top (on the back of a string of losses at that), Mahal’s champion run represents a welcome show of diversity by the WWE. It’s a move that has brought some much needed positive publicity to the company. As such, Bleacher Report doesn’t believe Orton will reclaim the title at Money In The Bank.

And with Orton more than likely destined to lose at Money In The Bank, a Ziggler upset the same night would provide WWE a possible storyline that doesn’t have beloved veteran John Cena acting out a predictable (if not a little bigoted) “American defeats the evil foreigner” trope. Such a move would be a xenophobic backward step for the WWE, which went to a lot of trouble to crown Jinder Mahal in the first place. It also runs the risk of WWE losing the hearts and eyeballs of its growing India fanbase, viewers in a market the company seems desperate to break into.

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Lastly, it’s worth noting that Dolph Ziggler is a year younger than Randy Orton. Orton is a wrestler than Bleacher Report wrote has entered the twilight years of his WWE career. John Cena, at age 40, is already there. It’s a “now or never” moment in Dolph Ziggler’s career. Giving Ziggler a surprise opportunity at this point would at least signal the desire to do something with this wrestler aside from treating him like fodder for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, one could argue his place in the men’s Money In The Bank match is just that: fodder to be tossed around by other wrestlers — wrestlers whose own wrestling careers are going places “The Showoff” could only dream of.

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