Dolph Ziggler returned to WWE TV this week and was inserted directly into a WWE Title match, but why?
WWE Superstars have been moving between brands and showing up where they like so much recently that it's hard to keep track. If Vince McMahon's wildcard rule hasn't been baffling you enough, Dolph Ziggler appeared as if from nowhere this week. The Showoff attacked Kofi Kingston after being AWOL for five months. Apparently, that's enough to get you a title shot.
After sending Kingston from the arena on a stretcher, Ziggler challenged Kingston to a WWE Championship match. That match has not been officially added to the Super Showdown line-up. Considering the talent currently on SmackDown Live, and Raw stars being able to appear as wildcards, it's a little confusing that Ziggler could return and be inserted directly into that spot.
When you take into account where Ziggler's title shot is going to take place, WWE's thinking behind the decision makes a lot more sense. Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that Ziggler's sudden return to TV was prompted by Superstars dropping out of Super Showdown due to it taking place in Saudi Arabia. Most notably Kevin Owens who would have more than likely been the one to take on Kingston.
Daniel Bryan and John Cena refused to go to WWE's last Saudi show, but it that list is already even longer this time around. Bryan won't be going, neither will Owens, and Aleister Black isn't going either. Since WWE doesn't tend to further its angles on these shows, it doesn't matter too much on that side of things. However, if it insists on continuing to stage these shows, there will come a point where none of its Superstars want to make the trip.
On the other hand, it seems as if there will always be Superstars willing to take the big pay cheque for one night's work. If "retired" stars such as Goldberg and Shawn Michaels are willing to make the trip, you know the pay must be astronomical. Although wrestlers like Owens and Black obviously aren't being paid as much, they will have still turned down significant paydays in favor of not wrestling on these shows.