Chris Van Vliet caught up with former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler to talk about a wide range of topics including his status with the WWE, which is where he stated that although he’s still under contract with the WWE, he’s going on hiatus and will not be competing at the Royal Rumble PPV event.
Over the last few months, there’s been rumors and reports that he may be leaving WWE to pursue other projects. Here are the highlights:
His WWE status:
”Technically, I’m still under contract but I am not scheduled to be at the Royal Rumble tomorrow. I can’t really answer that. I don’t want to make some, like, fake thing or some sly thing. For now, I’m on a hiatus with WWE. It took me like 10 years to get a weekend off and this is it. We’ll see where it goes. It’s very interesting. There’s a handshake, a different thing than what’s on paper. I’ve given everything and we’ll see. If there’s more for me to give, I’ll be happy to be a part of it. If WWE wanted to keep me around, it would be to be in the ring, for now. Producing I could see happening 10 years down the line but I don’t know why I wouldn’t be doing some other stuff first. … Doing that full time, and being in the best shape of my life, I wouldn’t be able to do it, I don’t think. … One day down the line that could be something but I am very much not interested in that.”
“That is fantastic news. Everybody seems like fans at heart that are coming up with everything going into that company. I don’t know too much about it but everything so far shows that they are trying to give another option for fans who love wrestling, people who want something new. Even if you somehow didn’t like them, or didn’t like the idea, or are pro WWE, the fact that this is happening and may create a little back and forth, or some people to step up their game, or some people to have a second place to go when it’s not the end all, be all, that is so much good for competition and business and all the Superstars together already that if that becomes successful, and they’re going back and forth, then it’s good for everybody, the fans and the wrestlers. I’m saying it in a regular way but this is an awesome thing to happen, and it can only go up and be more positive from here.”
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