Dolph Ziggler has been with WWE for 11 years but he’s never been more proud of a storyline than his current feud with The Miz.
“I am very proud of it, purely based on having some freedom in the ring and on the microphone,” said Ziggler. “We need to keep adding these pieces of real life into our characters.”
In addition to fighting over the Intercontinental title, the feud between Ziggler and The Miz—two 36 year-old veterans in WWE who grew up in Ohio—felt personal, real, and genuine. It also involved both sets of parents, Miz’s wife Maryse, and the evolution of Ziggler’s career with the return of former Spirit Squad members.
“The world has seen Miz and myself sixteen different times over a period of time,” said Ziggler. “He’s always very solid and puts the time in to work, which allowed him to revolutionize his career with his wife, Maryse, coming back. We had that freedom on the mic to mix our real life selves in with the television show and make it as real as possible. It’s great to feed off someone you’ve known for years, and just kind of play back-and-forth and just feel it, and that’s something I really haven’t been able to do in about ten years.”
Ziggler captured the Intercontinental championship over Miz at No Mercy on October 9. He also confirmed that The Miz is as much of a handful behind the scenes as he is on Smackdown. “The Miz is our annoying little brother, but he’s also the one who also got all the money in the will,” laughed Ziggler. “He’s the annoying little brother who has his sunglasses on with his $10,000 suit backstage just waiting to get a touch-up done so he can go eat in catering. At the end of the day, the core is I appreciate the part where he works as hard as anyone else, or harder, at being that douche.” Continue reading