Dolph Ziggler made an appearance on Lilian Garcia’s podcast and talks about his frustration with WWE Creative.
While on the ‘Chasing Glory‘ podcast, Dolph Ziggler was asked if the blame falls on the wrestler instead of WWE Creative if a wrestler was not being used in a major storyline. Ziggler had this response:
“That’s not true, not at all… 11.5 out of 12 years I was doing everything I could, pitching ideas, having guys like Shawn Michaels tell me how awesome I was. I got to a point where I said to Shawn, ‘I’m going to go out here in this dark match and you tell me why the hell I’m not on TV kicking ass.’ He goes, ‘Ah OK.’ I had the match, came to the back and he said, ‘Yeah, I don’t know.'”
“So, I got to the point where I was so fed up and that’s years ago. So, it happens. I always told myself. ‘Do everything you possibly can. Don’t have something like, ‘I wish I would have told Vince this. I wish I would have represented myself this way. I wish I would have pitched this idea. I wish I would have done this one extra thing where I hit the gym a little harder and looked better on TV.'”
“I hit every aspect I could so the frustration is it’s a little on yourself because maybe somebody hates me from eight years ago and they bring it up at every meeting. I have no idea; but, I’ve done everything I can… If you’ve done everything you can and creative has nothing for you sometimes they have nothing for you.”
“Sometime’s it’s personal. Sometimes it’s not. People who tell me that, a couple old timers, even Hall of Famers, they’re like, ‘That’s on you.’ I’m like, ‘No man.’ Seven years ago maybe it is on me. Now they know how good I am. I know how good I am. It’s not all in my court there to put myself on the show.
Dolph Ziggler is not the first member of the roster to make a statement about WWE creative as Daniel Bryan has been vocal about trusting the creative team on his appearance with Gorilla Position. (Bryan has since further commented on potentially re-signing with WWE).
Dolph Ziggler has been a part of WWE since he signed his first contract in 2004 and went on to Ohio Valley Wrestling. He has appeared on WWE programming as Nick Nemeth and Nicky of the Spirit Squad before finding a role as Dolph Ziggler. He is currently in the midst of his sixth reign as Intercontinental Champion and facing Seth Rollins in a 30-minute Iron Man match at Extreme Rules this Sunday.