In Royal Rumble 2013 match, Dolph Ziggler proved his mettle. After winning a Beat the Clock Challenge on this past week’s Raw, he was given the option to enter the Royal Rumble at No. 1 or No. 2. He chose to enter first.
Ziggler—along with No. 2 entrant Chris Jericho—was the unquestioned “workhorse” of the Royal Rumble match, continuing a lengthy run as one of the hardest-working men in the WWE.
He set the tone for the match by starting it off with a solid one-on-one “mini-match” with Jericho, and much to the surprise of no one, he was a key player throughout the entire duration of the Rumble.
Ziggler only eliminated two other superstars, but those eliminations were quite memorable. He got rid of The Godfather, who lasted all of about five seconds, and he tossed out the man who he started the match with, Jericho.
His performance was never going to be about how many people he eliminated. It was going to be about how long he lasted.
Ziggler lasted longer than any other man in the Royal Rumble match. He obviously entered the match first and lasted roughly 50 minutes, making it to the “Final Four” in the process.
Ziggler’s performance won’t soon be forgotten. After the incredible performance he had tonight, Ziggler looks poised to emerge from the Rumble a bigger star than he entered it.