Dolph Ziggler
Nicholas Theodore Nemeth
  • Birthdate: 07/27/1980 (age 34)
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 213 Ib

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Dolph Ziggler was recently interviewed by Busted Open satellite radio with hosts Dave Lagreca, doug Mortman, and Mike Riker on Sirius 92 and XM 208. Below are some highlights:

Ziggler on if 2013 will be his year: "I feel like 2011 and 2012 were supposed to be. I have at least two and a half more months on this Money in the Bank contract so worst case scenario I find a great way to cash this in and smash someone with a briefcase, win the World Heavyweight Championship, the lights go out and then I don't know a broom pins me or something but no. I'm really looking forward to, I thought 2012 was going to be my year and it was half my year and half not and that's fine it just makes me that much angrier to go out there and show up everyone else on every single card."

On the slippery slop of making everyone look good in the ring: "It is a slippery slope because mentally I refuse to let myself not do my job the best I can. I've thought about it, I've been pulled aside and go hey you've got to protect yourself. You're so good at losing that you may always lose because you'll be kind of okay. I go out there and I want the match to be the best. I put that first and foremost. I don't put myself first and foremost enough but I've thought about it and I can't. If someone's going to throw my into a turnbuckle I'm going to hit it one hundred percent and it's going to look amazing. I can't not do it so that may be my down fall but what the hell I'm entertaining the fans. If I'm this good at this I'm not going to let this go. I'm not going to let someone do this better than me."

On becoming one of the greatest personalities in the WWE: "I've never, except for a couple of weeks in OVW in a couple of tag matches, really done that which is great. What happened to this WWE Superstars look like movie stars and they look great? Now it's like we're going in a different route it seems with a couple of people like Daniel Bryan looks like a garden gnome, CM Punk looks like a tattoo shop guy, like I worked on this chiseled face and body and I was like I'm going to look like a movie star that's stepped out and they are lucky to have me here and it's like 'Oh we're kind of looking for a garbage man right now.' I think that I could be that face because there's just such an upside to what I can do and who I can work with. I can go on a movie, I can do a cross over show, I could go on a radio show, I can do whatever you guys need to have some kind of crossover appeal to someone else so I think one day down the line that's just going to have to happen if we hit New York enough times where everyone's cheering for me than we're going to have to try it out at some point."

On whether he wants The Miz's story for himself: "I feel like if I ever got the opportunity, he had like four or five months with the title and he was talking every night and people were booing him out of the building and he loves talking and he's good at it and that's his thing, I don't want to say it's his fault. It's just how things work sometimes and I feel we as a company sometimes take for granted the things that he can do, the places he can go, and the doors he can open up to all the girls who watched him on the Real World like ten years ago. I'll have a main event with John Cena for thirty minutes in Madison Square Garden and the place will go nuts and we go out to the bar and there are 20 girls who are like 'Hey Real World' and you're like come on. Really?"

Ziggler's thoughts on fans hating The Miz: "I wonder to just add fuel to the fire of everyone on the internet and hardcore fans hating on Miz anyway but if you think about it Miz wears really nice suits. I don't know maybe that's a good tie in. Miz is a really good talker, Flair's promos bring a tear to your eye if you're paying any attention and Flair's an idol of mine. He's someone for so many years who would just travel around the world, making the local guy look like the hero...