Category: Interviews

NBC Sports: Dolph Ziggler Isn’t Going to Stop Pushing Himself

Before WWE’s most patriotic show of the year, Tribute to the Troops, airs on Thursday, December 14th on USA at 8 p.m. ET, Dolph Ziggler chatted with me about the state of his career, if there’s anything about it he would change and why he thinks Naomi has the best “comeback” in the business.

Give me one word to describe your career this year?
“Wow one word? OK you tell me how your career has been this year in one word.”

Ummm …. That’s a good question (laughs)
“See it’s not that easy.”

I would say winding. Where I’m at now as opposed to where I was in January is drastically different.

“OK that’s fair. I would say solid. I’m pretty reliable no matter what situation I’m in at work and also solid in that I’ve been pretty busy doing things beyond wrestling.”

On Edge and Christian’s podcast you opened up about your unhappiness with the placement of your character right now ….
“That was a sentence in an hour and a half discussion. I know it makes for a great click-bait article where I’m like ‘yeah it sucks!’ But they left out the part where I talk about how I want to be better and here’s why everyone should be working to be better. That’s the part people leave out, which is fine.

If you’re … you’re at NBC Sports right?

“OK if you’re doing great work for the last 10 years and you want to be in the top position at your job and you’re scratching and clawing, wouldn’t you be unhappy if there was no movement? You would go ‘Sure, yeah I want to be on top!’ But not everyone gets to be on top at once. Of course I hate not being the champion and not having the show revolve around me, but I love it. That chip on my shoulder drives me to keep going and keep proving how good I am, until somebody somehow shows me some instance where I wasn’t great at my job.” Continue reading

Dolph Talks Past Gimmicks, Road Stories, and more on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness

What’s up, Hosers?
Welcome to another edition of E&C’s POD OF AWESOMENESS

This week, The Rocket Strappers spoke with a man who strapped the rocket to himself, as he’s had one hell of a career in the WWE, The Showoff, Dolph Ziggler.Ziggler talked with E&C about his amateur wrestling background, his early gimmicks within WWE, and his ascent to becoming WWE Champion. He also touched on his future, told some road stories, and described what it was like the first time he got on stage to do stand-up comedy (Christian gave Dolph a great opening line to use at future shows).

This was a fun episode, brother brothers. Enjoy.

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CyberSmile’s Exclusive Interview With WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler

Have you ever been bullied? If so, what was the situation and how did you overcome it?
I was definitely bullied when I was a teenager. I overcame it by creating a group of friends I trusted and focusing on the things I wanted to accomplish.

When you were younger, what would you do if you saw someone being bullied? Would you change how you handled that situation?
I would make sure the person being bullied had a friend in myself, and stick up for the person being bullied. Chances are, when a bystander intervenes, the bully will stop.

Can you provide advice to someone who may be a victim of bulling?
My advice is lean on those around you for support. These people could be friends, family members or teachers. Make sure you confide in someone about the bullying, because no one should have to go through it alone.

Have you ever been cyberbullied? If so, what did you do to stop it?
When I was growing up, we didn’t have social media like youth do today, but from my experience talking to young people, and visiting schools across the world, I know it is a huge problem and the best advice I could give them is to immediately block the bully and tell an adult. Chances are, if someone is bullying you, they are bullying other people as well. By telling someone, you’re not only helping yourself, but helping countless other kids who are going through the same thing.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A football player

What was your favorite subject in school?

Where is the coolest place you’ve ever travelled to?
Disney World

Growing up, what was your favorite sport?


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SkySports: Dolph Ziggler thanks ‘awesome’ Kurt Angle for helping his WWE career

Without Kurt Angle, Dolph Ziggler might not have made it to WWE. That’s the view of Ziggler, who believes Olympic champion Angle’s success helped amateur wrestling standouts like himself earn an opportunity. Angle, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31, won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, before embarking on a WWE career which yielded six world titles. And Ziggler, a successful collegiate grappler during his time at Kent State University, says he would be honoured to face the 48-year-old.

When I was looking to get into the business, Kurt was doing so well with WWE, learning so fast and being so great at his job,” said Ziggler, ahead of Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. “Because of how awesome he was, I got a try-out with WWE. Guys like him paved the way for guys like me who wrestled in college. If there was a chance to get in the ring with him, it would be a dream come true. I have nothing but all the respect in the world for him.” Ziggler will be one of the 30 men targeting a world-title opportunity at WrestleMania 33 when he competes in this weekend’s 30th annual Royal Rumble Match in San Antonio, Texas. The Show-Off will be up against, among others, industry legends The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, but believes his endurance levels will help him go far.

I am never the favourite but I live for that,” said Ziggler, who has competed in the previous eight Royal Rumbles. “I know how good I am and the fans know how good I am. I’d love to be in the ring with guys like Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker as no matter what they’ve done, I know how good my conditioning is. If those three can say the same thing, I’d love to go and hang with them because I don’t think they could hang with me.” Continue reading

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