It is no secret that the WWE Universe is quick on the draw in comparing the current World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler to a legendary wrestler from the past. There are other past superstars that he can be compared to, but the one that stands out the most would be former Intercontinental Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Mr. Perfect Curt Henning.
With this comparison already intact, one would naturally have to ask “which man would win in a one on one match?”
Mr. Perfect was a two-time IC from defeating the likes of Tito Santana in a tournament for the vacant title in 1990 and defeating The Texas Tornado later on in the year. In a day and age when holding a belt only twice may pale in comparison to other belt holders, it wasn’t so much how many times one would win the title, but the quality of their title runs.
Perfect showed that having that belt could easily rival the WWE title in terms of importance and distinguished honor. Ziggler, on the other hand, is the current World Champion and has held both the IC and the United States Championship. Ziggler has some very impressive victories when winning the titles, especially when he cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase against Alberto Del Rio.
While Perfect did defeat some legends, Ziggler has title wins against former WWE champions, which really gives him an edge.
Ziggler usually finishes his opponents off with a move called “The Zig Zag”. Ziggler runs up behind his opponent, jumps in the air, wraps his arm around their neck and pulls them down backwards. It’s a very impactful move, and he perfected it where he can hit it from any angle.
Perfect would use the “Fisherman Suplex” known the world over as “The Perfect Plex”. To execute, he locks his opponent in suplex position but instead of grabbing the trunks, he wraps the leg, flips the opponent over him as he bridges backwards and locks his fingers. The Perfect Plex is a very complex, yet effective move that is virtually impossible to escape.
Although he was solo when he first came into the WWE, Perfect would eventually build up his social status by being aligned with “The Coach”. After Coach, Perfect solidified himself as a main entity when he ran with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
When Perfect went to WCW, his connections upgraded as he was first with The Horsemen and eventually joined the NWO, remaining as a top star.
Ziggler has had many affiliations, first being a part of The Spirit Squad and later in his career managed by Vickie Guerrero. Currently, Ziggler is linked both A.J. Lee and Big E Langston. Not the most dominant names in the pool, but were and still are effective for his career.
Ziggler headlined the Tables, Ladders and Chairs ppv against current WWE Champion John Cena in a ladder match for Ziggler’s MITB briefcase. The match has been heralded as a 2012 classic and told an solid story. Ziggler proved that night that he is a legit main event figure.
Perfect was the last man in the ring with Hulk Hogan at the 1991 WWE Royal Rumble and had an exciting exhibition which would eventually lead to a match on Saturday Nights Main Event. Even though Hogan out-sized him in the match, Perfect still was able to put on a clinic in the ring with the Immortal one.
Perfect’s legacy is one that will always be respected and regarded as one of the greatest careers ever in pro wrestling. Perfect was a walking example of the importance of athleticism in the ring, not just relying on size and bulk but rather speed and stamina. Perfect shined much hope on future stars and influence men like Ziggler.
But, Ziggler has created a refreshing and creative brand for himself showing why he is “The Show Off”. With Ziggler already being a “two-time” World Heavyweight Champion and still having a career ahead of him, the sky is only the limit of what he can accomplish.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports