Over time fans have watched Dolph Ziggler steal many shows with the incredible effort he puts into all his matches. This is why he is not only one of the most popular superstars on the roster, but among the go-to characters to play in WWE video games. Not one short on self-confidence, the athlete was impressed with how he has turned out in the upcoming “WWE 2K16,” the latest in the series out Oct. 27 domestically and Oct. 30 internationally.
“They make it so much more realistic, and I don’t know how,” Ziggler said. “They literally do like a hundred body scans of us. It blows my mind when I see myself. Some years I see myself with better abs, and it’s not because of me. It’s in the game. So that tells me to go do some cardio to make sure I’m doing this right. It’s mind-blowing when you look at this game and see how realistic it is.”
An exciting development recently in the WWE 2K series is the addition of NXT names. Ziggler couldn’t be more happy for his emerging co-workers making waves within the industry.
“NXT is exploding as a brand. It’s very in right now,” he said. “You want to be an NXT fan. They sold out Barclays Center for a show. How cool is that? I’m very happy for those guys. To have them in the game is amazing. They were a developmental system in WWE and breaking out into their own brand. Now they are in the video game. If that doesn’t make them hungry and want to steal my spot, nothing will. I welcome it. I’m looking forward to it. The more challenges the better. The game is great. NXT is doing great. It’s a lot of fun.” When asked who he would want to face out of the current crop of talent coming out of Orlando, a certain fellow blonde comes to mind. “I haven’t seen Tyler Breeze in a little while, but I was watching him,” Ziggler said. “He was on the road with us doing things here and there, doing some live events. He is a good kid. He is a nice guy. He works really hard, and I like the way he works. I would say Breeze. I like him.”
These days Ziggler has been feuding with Rusev and picked up an onscreen love interest in the process. The “Ravishing Russian” is the latest in a slew of women the chick magnet has had in his career. He is by no means complaining. “If I was always doing my own thing, I would be bored out of my mind,” he said. “…You have to do something different or you are just the guy who goes out there and has a great match, but nobody cares. You have to have different layers to your character. With someone like Lana, who can add different layers, we have a story built in. We have a fake Lana. The possibilities are endless. The story is always giving me something to do and something else to sink my teeth into. Then take it to another level.” Continue reading
This past week on RAW, Dolph Ziggler returned to save the skin of his best girl Lana from the nefarious clutches of Rusev and Summer Rae. Now Ziggler and Rusev are officially booked to meet one-on-one this Sunday at SummerSlam. I had the chance to speak to Ziggler at 2K’s SummerSlam Kickoff Event and ask him what it’s been like to work a romance angle with Lana, the chances of tagging with her in the future, his thoughts about SummerSlam, and Arnold Schwarzenegger being a part of WWE 2K16.
IGN: What’s it been like to work a romance storyline on the show?
Dolph Ziggler: Oh, come on. I’ve usually got some girl on my arm. [laughs]
IGN: But this is different for you. You’re getting more in-ring segments. And a lot of kissing time too.
Ziggler: Honestly, though, it is a little weird because I’m used to only thinking for myself. Running out in matches, doing my own thing, watching my own back and that’s it. Not having a tag partner. Not having someone to think about. But as I slowly got to know Lana a bit more, we developed a bit more chemistry. We started watching each other’s back. And soon we started knowing what the other was thinking. And the more we get to do it together, the more we’ll become a well-oiled unit. So it’s very interesting. Instead of just going down there beating someone up and leaving, I’m smooching a girl, superkicking people and walking out. So you never know. It’s good to do something different. It can’t just always be me going out there by myself. So it’s adding layers to my character and I’m really lucky to be doing it.
IGN: Could a mixed tag match be around the corner?
Ziggler: Absolutely. I think if the four of us keep finding ourselves in these situations, it’s definitely a possibility. While I was gone, the girls were throwing down with each other and rolling around in the ring. I feel like it seems inevitable. I have no idea of anything concrete coming, but hopefully we settle this on Sunday. Continue reading