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?
Growing up, what was your favorite sport?
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
The first title win often becomes the most memorable for professional wrestlers. Dolph Ziggler, however, cherishes his fifth time winning the WWE Intercontinental Title. After all, it means he can keep doing what he loves. “It usually is special for a minute, and then you gotta get back to work,” he said. “This one, I had to put my career on the line for one more chance. So it really was special.”
Ziggler began clashing with then-Intercontinental champion The Miz earlier this year, challenging him for the title several times. It all came down to the No Mercy event in early October, where Ziggler put his career on the line. If The Miz had won, Ziggler would’ve been forced to retire. However, Ziggler overcame the odds — and interference from Miz’s wife, Maryse, and Spirit Squad members Mikey and Kenny — to become the Intercontinental champion. “It’s bigger than any World Title match, or WrestleMania match, I’ve ever had. I had to put my entire career on the line against the title for one more shot, or leave the WWE. So it definitely is special. More special than any other moment I had,” Ziggler said. “I mean, I could be sitting in a hammock somewhere sipping a piña colada, but working’s cool too.”
Ziggler and the WWE Superstars of SmackDown Live will appear at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township. Multi-time WWE and World Heavyweight champion The Undertaker will also make a special appearance, as the event marks the 900th episode of “SmackDown.” The card, subject to change, also includes WWE Superstars Dean Ambrose, Becky Lynch, WWE World Champion AJ Styles as well as Randy Orton, The Miz and Natalya. Ziggler came to the SmackDown brand after the WWE Draft in July, where the company split their lineup between it and the Monday Night Raw brand. Now a few months in, Ziggler said before the draft, he had talked about how it would give the younger guys a chance to step up and show what they can do. While it’s done that, it’s also given Ziggler a chance to revitalize his career.
Since he’s not prone to injury, he said he’s faced the obstacle of oversaturation by always being on both Raw and SmackDown. The brand split and separate rosters lets him concentrate more on his character. “For someone like me to get a chance to revamp, start over and let them know that I put it all on the line — I’m a changed man, I’m a winner now — it’s something that’s really helped me out,” he said. “I’ve gotten some freedom on the microphone. I’m actually playing off someone and investing my time more than ever. It’s such a great show.” Now that he’s an “old-timer” at age 36, Ziggler (AKA Nicholas Nemeth outside the ring) said he enjoys mentoring up-and-coming wrestlers, such as one-time partner Big E. The two worked together a few years ago when Big E served as enforcer for Ziggler and then-storyline girlfriend AJ Lee. Continue reading