Dolph Ziggler is clearly one of the most talented workers on the WWE’s roster. Despite having his clutches wrapped around the Intercontinental Championship at the moment, and a weird one-off winning of the United States Championship earlier this year on SmackDown Live, for the past several years fans have felt that Ziggler has been greatly underutilized.
Ziggler was recently a guest on former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia’s podcast, Chasing Glory. During their conversation, the former Spirit Squad member was asked how he feels about the notion stating that – if a Superstar isn’t in major storylines or where they want to be on the card, it’s not WWE creative’s fault, it’s on you.
The Intercontinental Champion said he doesn’t believe that’s 100 percent true, and detailed his situation with WWE at the moment in which he feels he has been doing everything he possibly can for the past several years:
“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