Veteran WWE star Dolph Ziggler is looking to leave the company as he gets frustrated with his position and lack of direction in recent times.
‘The Showoff’ has become an integral part of the company ever since he debuted back in 2006. While Ziggler’s quality and in-ring work has never been in question, the higher ups in the company never had the confidence to give Ziggler the main event run that he feels he deserved.
In spite of winning the world title a couple of times, Ziggler’s lack of credibility is a major concern as he himself finds it more and more difficult to convince the crowd that he can be a legitimate threat.
“Now, my job of making somebody that should be ready for a world title picture becomes harder and it’s not as much of a shove and if you see the last six months, a year of TV, basically, I’m a gatekeeper to the guys from NXT coming up that they have high expectations for, but if I lose for eight consecutive months before they show up, they are no longer getting that pat on the back to go up a notch, so I almost feel like it’s taking back from my role.”
“So I don’t know what the change would be, either be to switch things up, disappear here and there, or, I’ve said this to the boss on several occasions, I go, ‘I’ve made a career out of almost never winning, which is awesome,’ but I go, ‘at some point, I have to be seen as someone who can win, not just by pulling a needle out of a haystack or a lottery ball saying tonight is finally going to be the night because then it loses all of that lustre.'”
“Wins and losses don’t matter unless you’re the guy who loses every single night. And, if you’re that guy, then maybe you should be in the dark match, not fighting to see who becomes world champion each night. And even if you do pull that rabbit out of the hat, people know it’s not long term.”
“I hate it, but also I’m someone who hates that I’m not champion. I hate that the show’s not about me because that’s the mentality you should have if you’re in the business [of pro wrestling]. If you’re there to be, like, ‘hey, I’m that opening guy that works for 10 years and can save a bunch of money,’ that’s great, but there [are] 1,000 other guys that are sitting in the back that are saying, ‘I want to be the best. I want to main event WrestleMania. I want the show to be about me.'”
“And so, you have to have that mentality, but I’ve also been around long enough to know the score, to know what’s going on, so I hate being in that position. I think I should be a bigger part of the show, but so does everybody else, but not everybody else has proven that, so I feel like after a while, proving it so much, even that becomes a thing like, ‘sorry, you have the curse of the worker’ or ‘hey, you’re kind of like our Shawn Michaels guy who can work with anybody and it could seem like a main event somewhere.’ And I go, ‘well, that shouldn’t be a bad thing, but sometimes it is.”