Dolph Ziggler recently spoke to Mirror in the UK about a wide range of topics including his longevity in WWE.
The former WWE World Champion Champion signed with WWE in 2004 and was later called up to the main roster in 2006 during the McMahon – DX storyline as part of the Spirit Squad. After that storyline ended, the group did as well, and Ziggler has been on his own since then.
Now, Ziggler is a member of the SmackDown roster where he has been teaming with Robert Roode.
In this interview, he reflected on taking time off from WWE earlier this year and what he learned. After WrestleMania 35, WWE asked for him to come back where he would work a program with then-WWE Champion Kofi Kingston in a WWE Championship Match at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia.
“I learned sh*t. I learned that I needed a vacation after 14 years,” he quipped. “After about 11/12 years non-stop, and being one of the people like Kofi and Seamus and Miz that did five days a week, every week for a couple of years in a row, and then we’re doing the rallies and PR. I said I’ve been too lucky with injuries, that fans have now seen me every single Monday or Friday – or whatever our schedule was – I worked 10 years in a row without a break. Miz gets a break to do a crappy movie. Someone else gets one because they get hurt, someone for something else, I thought ‘they’ve seen me so much, I’m taken for granted, there’s no excitement to seeing me 200 times in a row.’
He continued, “So I go, ‘I have to go away.’ For a year or two, I kept getting told ‘sure’ and then right as I was getting ready to go, they said ‘we need you’. I’ve never heard ‘we need you’ more than anything from any other company my whole entire life, but it’s so great to hear, to know that I’ve made an entire career out of them needing me to be here.”