WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler hasn't been seen since on television being the final entry of the Royal Rumble. But the former United States Champion will finally return to next week's episode of SmackDown Live to take on Baron Corbin, per the WWE's official Twitter account:
It's been a very strange calendar year for Ziggler. Last year, he was taken off programming to be "repackaged," and had a brief gimmick where he mocked the intros of iconic superstars like John Cena, The Undertaker and Triple H, among others.
After winning the United States Championship at the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, Ziggler relinquished the title on the following episode of SmackDown Live, claiming the fans didn't deserve him before walking out.
The 30th entry in the Royal Rumble is usually a main event star and often includes the unexpected return of an injured star. So when Ziggler came out and lasted just two minutes, a large portion of the WWE Universe was left baffled.
It's really unknown what the WWE creative team has in store for Ziggler these days. Two months ago, he revealed on the Edge and Christian’s Pod of Awesomeness that he was growing frustrated with the company, and was on his way to leaving until they convinced him to sign a new contract.
Despite showing some remarkable in-ring talent and supreme microphone skills, Ziggler has never been pushed as a major star. He also told Edge and Christian about how he "hates that the show is not about" him.
It's hard to understand why the creative team has tried using all these strange storylines and gimmicks on a talented wrestler in Ziggler. Fans simply want answers plus an indication of what the future holds for Ziggler. Perhaps we'll find out on next week's episode of SmackDown Live what's in store for him in 2018.