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BY Anthony Benigno
April 15, 2013
Jack Swagger interrupted World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler’s rematch with Alberto Del Rio
One week after stunning the WWE Universe with his historic Money in the Bank cash-in, Dolph Ziggler strutted into South Carolina like a man who’d already stolen the show, even though Raw had begun mere moments earlier. As Ziggler preened his way through his inaugural trip to the same show where he’d won the World Title, though, he found himself interrupted for the second time in as many weeks by Alberto Del Rio, who demanded The Showoff grant him a rematch for the coveted title on the spot.
Although SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero supported Del Rio’s demand, but former No. 1 contender Jack Swagger was quick to object, crashing the contest before it even began and attacking The Pride of Mexico’s weakened leg in the process. The fracas allowed Ziggler to escape with title in hand, but the show-stealer’s clean getaway is clearly far from complete.
Jack Swagger def. World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler
It wasn’t so long ago that Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger were buddies under Vickie Guerrero’s management umbrella, but as anyone in South Carolina can attest, things have changed. Not only have The Showoff and the “Real American” become bitter rivals over Ziggler’s World Heavyweight Championship, but Ziggler, the man who claimed to shine brighter of the two, walked out of South Carolina with an upset loss to his freshly anointed name.
The dynamic World Champion strutted to the ring as if the Teddy Long-sanctioned bout was already in-hand and for a while, it seemed like Ziggler’s dynamic offense had Swagger at a permanent disadvantage. But Ziggler received a rude awakening in short order when Swagger reversed the Famouser into a roll-up pin for a victory, leaving the champion stunned on the mat. But when Swagger took to the stage to celebrate, the injured Alberto Del Rio struck from behind, exacting his retribution on the “Real American” by trapping him in the Cross Armbreaker over the edge of the stage.