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
Baron Corbin versus Dolph Ziggler in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Corbin pushes Ziggler on the break. Ziggler pushes back and Corbin with a punch. Ziggler with a standing drop kick and Stinger Splash but Corbin sends Ziggler into the corner and then he misses a shoulder into the corner and hits the ring post. Roode gets up from the announce table and he removes his ring robe.
Roode enters the ring and he looks at Ziggler and Corbin. Roode winds up for a Glorious DDT and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (by disqualification)
Backstage: Baron Corbin asks Bobby Roode about making the match a Triple Threat Match and Dolph does not belong in the match.Roode says that he can beat Corbin in a one on one match. Roode says his chances to win at Clash of Champions go down by a third. Corbin says his chance of retaining goes down by a third. Dolph Ziggler shows up and he says he is in the match because he is a two time World Champion, a five time Intercontinental champion. He successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Dolph says their chances to win at Clash of Champions mathematically dropped to zero.
Baron Corbin vs Bobby Roode
Ziggler gets up from the announce table and he enters the ring. Ziggler with a Zig Zag to Roode and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Bobby Roode (by disqualification)
After the match: Ziggler hits a zig zag on Corbin.
When Bobby Roode challenged Baron Corbin for the United States Title on SmackDown LIVE, The Lone Wolf replied with a curt, “No.” He might end up wishing he had taken the offer.
At WWE Clash of Champions, a night where every championship is on the line, The Lone Wolf will now face two challengers for his title: Roode and, in a surprising twist, Dolph Ziggler, who has been a thorn in the side of The Glorious One since his debut late into the summer. The title match provides ample opportunity for both Superstars to reassert themselves. Roode came up short as part of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, and Ziggler hasn’t been seen since losing a 2-out-of-3-Falls Match to The Glorious One on Halloween, a night he openly wondered what would be next for his career. Corbin, meanwhile, is coming to the bout from an unexpected place of strength. The Lone Wolf is the only Superstar in the match who won at Survivor Series, knocking off then-Intercontinental Champion The Miz after a lengthy back-and-forth over social media where The A-Lister questioned Corbin’s commitment and talent. Having vindicated himself, it seems Corbin felt his work was done. Clearly, it’s just getting started.