November 3, 2009
Dolph Ziggler chases perfection
By KENAI ANDREWS - SLAM! Wrestling
Now that the introductions are over, Dolph Ziggler is looking to take his character to the next level. After an admittedly slow start, Ziggler has built up some steam, to the point where Chris Jericho, in a recent interview with SLAM! Wrestling identified him as one of the guys that Ďis learning more each week.í Ziggler previously talked about Bragging Rights, but he also discussed his unfinished business with a certain Smackdown superstar and his choice for Raw guest host.
He still keeps in touch with his Spirit Squad alumni. "Just about all of them," he confirmed. "We send each other some texts back and forth. We stay in contact for the most part. They are kind of doing their own thing. Mikey, who was actually my roommate in Florida up until last year, heís still wrestling and weíre good friends."
When reminded of his days as "The Natural" Nick Nemeth around mid-2008, he took a quick look back. "Iíve always been, for the last couple of years or so, been fortunate enough to be able to do the things Iím comfortable with, and the things that naturally come from me. That was actually just the starting of the whole Dolph Ziggler transformation, I guess. I was a little rusty back then, a little less polished and I worked out a few things. Now I feel like Iím a million bucks out there, but back then I was kind still trying to get going with things.
"Everybody watches tapes, everyone works out hard. Everybody wants to be successful, but a big thing is trying to pick the brains of the guys that have been superstars in the past. Guys who have figured it out, who either have a big following, or have really established themselves as superstars. I try and do that on a daily basis. Itís just like in business when you read those business books about the people who are successful. You see who the successful people are, you see what theyíre doing, and then you try to do it possibly better then they can.
"Itís sports entertainment, itís a business. You swim to the top or it doesnít always work out for everybody, whether theyíre good or not," he continued. "Of course youíre nervous a lot of the times and you try to the best at everything, and not everyone gets their chance at the same time. Iíve actually had a chance to work on everything, my persona and so far I believe everytime I was handed the ball I ran with it, so hopefully it stays that way."
Who would the Ohio native like to work with?
"Iíd love to get in the ring with the Deadman. The Undertaker has been around so long; heís an asskicker. Iíd love to get in there a couple of times to see if I can go with him. Iíve been in the ring with John Morrison. I think weíve got a couple of more things to accomplish if we got back in there together."
An advantage for Ziggler perhaps is that heís free to dedicate himself to the road. "I donít have a wife and kids and family at home, so it might be a little different story for some of the other guys, missing family," he said. "I love traveling and performing for the WWE Universe. I love doing what I do every day. The last three weeks or so, Iíve been home maybe three days or so and I couldnít be happier. Plus I like to eat out all the time," he said with a laugh.
Although he is on Smackdown, he is a big backer of Rawís guest host format. "I really am," he said. "I was always a big fan of Saturday Night Live, they always had guest hosts. It gets different audiences to tune in. Itís cool to see someone else out of their element and in ours, and I think itís pretty cool -- even though itís not the brand Iím on. I still watch all the wrestling shows anyway.
"Iím a big fan of Chevy Chase; I always hoped he would one day step in, especially now that heís got a show to promote, so you never know."
In the meantime, he intends to keep doing the things that brought him this far.
"If they [the fans] think Iíve reached all my goals so far, I havenít; Iím just getting going. Whether you like me or not, itís going to be a hell of an interesting time watching me."