Dolph Ziggler had some strong words for his place in today’s wrestling industry and he’s correct.
Dolph Ziggler has put together a stellar WWE career. While fans are quick to debate anything when it comes to professional wrestling, it’s hard to argue that point. He’s done nearly all there is in the company and while his status may not be what some would want to see, he’s still one of the best in the industry today. He recognizes that point and is correct to think of himself as one of the best in the industry, regardless of how booking presents his talents to wrestling fans.
“I don’t know anyone who can genuinely pick out something that I don’t to 10 out of 10, that is an aspect of business,” Ziggler stated with pride during a recent conversation with Chris Van Vliet. During this conversation, the multi-time champion made it clear where he sees himself. “I don’t know anyone in any sport, in any company, anything whatsoever, that has done this ‘Cal Ripken’ style. I might not be on television, but I’m sitting backstage with my gear on.”
Name something that Ziggler can’t do as a professional wrestler. He can deliver a promo that builds investment in his character and angle. He can put on a match that would break anyone’s rating scales. With the proper build, he could easily be at the level of Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, or even Roman Reigns. To go beyond that, Ziggler could be in other organizations putting on epic classics with the likes of Will Ospreay, Bryan Danielson, Kenny Omega, Mike Bailey, and more. He’s shown he has the capabilities to do so within the limitations of WWE. Imagine what he could do beyond.
Unfortunately, Ziggler and the rest of the wrestling community recognize that WWE leadership never saw him as the top guy, and that time has passed.
“I was never in the conversation to be the guy, I understand that. I try and fight it, but I can only do so much.”
His top moments have massive fan engagement on social media. His Money in the Bank cash-in has 7.2 million views. His match against Goldberg has 6.6 million. The 2014 Survivor Series match when he was the last man left standing has 152 million. When given the right motivation, the fans care about Ziggler and what he can do as the top face of the company. Sadly, that time will not come.
After 15 combined WWE title runs, Dolph Ziggler is a certified Hall of Famer. Could he have been much more, sure? But he knows that he’s one of the best to ever do it and those fans that pay attention also support this claim.