WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler was recently a guest on former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia’s podcast, Chasing Glory. During the interview, Garcia asked Ziggler the following question:
“What would you say to, there are some guys who have said that if you’re not in major storylines, if you’re not where you want to be, that is not [WWE] Creative’s fault, that is on you?”
Here’s Ziggler’s 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 a 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 [McMahon] 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 look 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.
“Sometimes 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.
You can listen to Ziggler’s interview on Chasing Glory by clicking this link here.
H/T WrestleZone for the transcriptions