[VIDEO] Dolph Ziggler Talks Being Compared To HBK, If WWE Stars Watch TNA And More
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.22.2012
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Dolph Ziggler had an interview with entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet for WOIO in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. At one point he said that if he was bigger he would have been pushed earlier and if he was four inches taller and 40 pounds heavier he'd be a "multiple time world champion". But he said he's glad he had to work for his success. Here are highlights:
On CM Punk's claim to being the best in the world: "He has to put it on a shirt. It's almost like ‘Guys, I'm the best in the world, right? Just ask me!' It comes off like he's begging for it and if you keep saying it I guess you think it's true."
On being great at selling moves: "I do everything, especially when I'm getting beat up, If I'm going to run into something, I'm running into it full force and it hurts. But instead of hearing ‘oh, is that guy ok?' you hear ‘OOOOH!!'. My body's on the line because I love this and I do it for a living"
On John Cena: "The eight-year old kids, they still think that John Cena's really good at stuff, other than being strong. And they buy the t-shirts and that's great. Everybody else goes ‘well, I graduated high school. I get that [Ziggler's] better than everybody else.'"
On being compared to Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect: "Mr. Perfect, I was a big fan of his because we kind of had similar deals like wow, we're almost too good at this that it looks easy sometimes. Huge fan of his, huge fan of Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair. Those guys who always wanted the spotlight even if they weren't supposed to be in it. They were the guys, if they weren't the main event, they showed up the main event to let everyone know that next time you put me in there"
On whether he or any of the [WWE] guys in the back follow what's going on in TNA: "Me, personally as a wrestling fan, it's something I've said before where I study movies, I study comedians, why they are getting these reactions; I watch all wrestling. And lots of us, because of the ever-changing roster for both sides, we're friends with half of those guys anyway because we were wrestling with them a few months ago. So that community, we all kind of follow each other. A lot of us watch it just because we love wrestling. We'll watch TNA. We'll watch Ring of Honor. I watch everything just to see what's going on and know where I need to be. Even a good friend of mine, Mike Mondo, who was with me in the Spirit Squad, he's in Ring of Honor tearing it up. Everyone's always saying how great he's doing."
Ziggler was also asked about TNA and WWE's overlapping storylines. He replied: "I'm a little behind on [TNA] storylines, but yes. I heard that from several different people. So, maybe..."
He also talked about getting more mic time, breaking away from Vickie Guerrero and his Twitter feud with Arnold Schwarzenegger.