Dolph Ziggler pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent WWE history when he won the right to face Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE SummerSlam 2016. On the fist episode of WWE SmackDown Live with the newly-drafted SmackDown roster, Ziggler was chosen along with John Cena, AJ Styles, Apollo Crews, Rusev, and Bray Wyatt to compete in a 6-Pack Challenge Match in the main event.


The Showoff's surprising victory cemented Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler as one of the SummerSlam 2016 main event matches.

This shot at Ambrose's title will be Ziggler's seventh—and biggest—SummerSlam match to date. While WWE's biggest event of the summer hasn't been horrible to Ziggler in the past, it hasn't exactly been great. Since 2009, he's had some years where he was forced to wrestle dark matches and other years where he's faced a future WWE Hall of Fame inductee for the Intercontinental Championship. 

What follows is one part in a series of WWE SummerSlam history articles, in which we take a look at a WWE Superstar's record (such as Brock Lesnar) at SummerSlam and see what their past experiences might tell us about that competitor at WWE SummerSlam 2016 on August 21.


Win-loss record at WWE SummerSlam

If his one SummerSlam dark match is ignored, Dolph Ziggler is batting exactly .500 at the annual August event, with an overall record of 2-2-2. If you count his un-televised match against Alex Riley from 2011, his record improves to 3-2-2. However, his first appearance really came in 2006, when he was Nicky of the Spirit Squad. While they weren't booked for a match that night, they did try to cause a distraction as Degeneration-X faced off against Vince and Shane McMahon. His match against Rusev last year ended in a double count-out after Lana and Summer Rae got involved.

WWE SummerSlam title matches

Ziggler's match against Dean Ambrose won't be his first title match at SummerSlam, although it will be his first shot at a world title. On three separate occasions, Ziggler competed for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. In 2009, he challenged Rey Mysterio for the IC title and failed. The next year, with Vickie Guerrero at his side, he defended the belt against Kofi Kingston in a match that was ruled a "no contest" after Nexus interfered and attacked both men.

Two years ago, he challenged current champion The Miz and earned his first title match victory at SummerSlam. He hopes to earn his second against The Lunatic Fringe on August 21.

Worthy competition at SummerSlam

While his list of SummerSlam opponents doesn't include any huge names like John Cena or Randy Orton, it does include some former (and probably future) WWE World Heavyweight Champions.


The list includes Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, and Rusev. In 2013, he teamed up with Kaitlyn to face Big E and AJ Lee. Of course, he also had that dark match against Alex Riley. A match against Dean Ambrose will certainly help shine-up Ziggler's SummerSlam résumé.

Predictions for SummerSlam 2016

Ever since cashing in his Money in the Bank contract the night after WrestleMania 29, Dolph Ziggler has been looking for an opportunity to propel himself back to the top of the WWE roster.


Now that the WWE Draft and brand extension is giving many WWE Superstars a chance to re-establish themselves, Ziggler is already taking full advantage. After being completely left off of the WWE Battleground card on Sunday (an event that featured the likes of Zack Ryder, Darren Young and Breezango), Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler has a chance to steal the show at SummerSlam. While another month of hanging around SmackDown's biggest title will do wonders for Dolph's relevance to the WWE product, it doesn't seem like his time to hold the most important belt in professional Wrestling.

WWE SummerSlam 2016 airs live, August 21, exclusively on the WWE NetworkSummerSlam will be available to stream on-demand immediately via the WWE Network.

The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show begins at 7/6c.

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