This past Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live left a lot of WWE fans scratching their heads as it pertains to the status of United States Champion Dolph Ziggler. After capturing the strap at Clash Of Champions this past Sunday night, Ziggler took to SmackDown Live to ‘celebrate’ his title win with the WWE Universe, but ended up seemingly quitting WWE and relinquishing the title.
Per a report from PWInsider, it seems like WWE is really investing in this storyline as Ziggler will not be appearing on upcoming episodes of SmackDown Live, however, he will still be working live events. The belief is that Ziggler was written off TV to sell the storyline but is expected to be back soon. There are no updates as to what this means for the United States Title.
WWE’s choice of storyline comes at a rather interesting time, as talk of Ziggler possibly leaving the company has ramped up lately with his contract set to expire soon. There has been talk that the former World Champion could be headed to Japan or elsewhere since he’s been underutilized by WWE the past few years.