Dolph Ziggler made his return to WWE television on tonight’s post-Money in the Bank episode of SmackDown.
After WWE Champion Kofi Kingston defeated Sami Zayn in a non-title match, Paul Heyman appeared and teased that Brock Lesnar was there and going to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Ziggler then attacked Kingston instead. He put Kingston’s head inside of a chair, slammed it into the announce table, and continued to attack Kingston as referees tried to stop him.
Kingston was put on a stretcher after the attack angle. When he got to the stage, Kingston insisted on walking to the back on his own.
Ziggler came back out in front of the audience and cut a promo later in the show. Ziggler said he should have been the person who did what Kingston did by taking advantage of an opportunity and becoming champion. At the end of his promo, Ziggler said he’ll defeat Kingston for the WWE Championship at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia and the fans will admire, respect, and love Ziggler.
Prior to Kingston vs. Zayn, it was indicated that Big E had also been attacked backstage. It was stated on commentary that Xavier Woods had accompanied Big E to a “local medical facility.”
This was Ziggler’s first appearance for WWE since he was an entrant in the Royal Rumble this January. He was a member of the Raw roster when he was last on TV.