World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) second biggest show of the year, SummerSlam, will emanate from Barclays Center this Sunday, and two of the company’s biggest stars are ready to steal the show. Dolph Ziggler, 36, and Charlotte, 30, will both compete in championship matches as the 11-year WWE veteran Ziggler faces Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship while Charlotte looks to regain her WWE Women’s Championship from Sasha Banks. However, three days before SummerSlam, Ziggler and Charlotte made an appearance at JC Penny in the Manhattan Mall to promote the newest line of the WWE sponsored apparel Tapout, which includes a new women’s line. Charlotte, who has been on WWE’s main roster for just over a year, and Ziggler, an established veteran, spoke to the Inquisitr before their big matches and covered everything from their roles as brand ambassadors to their love of the craft.
Mark Suleymanov: Charlotte, you have been on the main roster for just over a year now, what does it mean for you to be in an ambassador role [for Tapout] and have all this responsibility on your shoulders?
Charlotte: “It’s a huge opportunity, I’m usually in gym clothes when I’m not at work so being able to wear Tapout all the time and be an ambassador for it is a perfect fit.”
Dolph Ziggler: “It’s also a play on words… perfect fit… that was a great line I thought. We just kind of glossed over that but I thought that was a great line.”
Mark Suleymanov: Is that your plan for this Sunday? To Tapout Dean [Ambrose]?
Dolph Ziggler: “I might, through some guidance from some people behind-the-scenes, I have gone back to some old school, amateur roots where I used to win like 99 percent of the time…and that’s me being humble about it. So I think that’s something I need to get back to. It’s not that we lack it, there’s just not too many superstars who do that type of in-ring material so I’m really looking forward to it. And like Charlotte said, I’m in gym clothes all the time, I’m in sweatpants, shorts, sleeveless t-shirt one way or another. This stuff is squishy and stretchy, I love it.”
Mark Suleymanov: Speaking of tapping out, Charlotte, your dad Ric Flair recently said that you, Dolph, are one of the few that could take on Conor McGregor in a real fight after he bashed the WWE roster. What was your reaction to McGregor’s comments and Flair’s endorsement?
Dolph Ziggler: “First of all, McGregor’s comments were probably just trying to get more people to watch his pay-per-view [fight vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 202]. That’s great, that’s smart. Whether it’s a joke or not, you act serious, then we take it seriously. If I wanted to get people to watch SummerSlam, I wouldn’t badmouth somebody’s life choices for the last 10 years. Flair, I grew up watching him and all the hard work he put in and to kinda it a joke and say those guys aren’t tough? Those guys are some of the toughest guys I’ve met in my entire life and a lot of them are behind-the-scenes and I look up to a lot of them. I made a little joke back that said ‘yeah, I’m one of the smaller guys on the roster and if I lost 40 or 50 pounds, I’d still be bigger than him.’ So even if he’s really good at what he does – which I’m sure he is – I’m also really good at what I do, I just happen to do it and get punched in the face a lot less for real.” Continue reading