Former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler has discussed taking baby steps to get to the top during his career after being told the WWE Chairman didn’t see him as a star.
Ziggler has been a mainstay of the WWE since the mid-2000s when he debuted as part of the Spirit Squad. When he resurfaced as Dolph Ziggler in 2008, he was about to start a run that has seen him be a featured star for over a decade.
However, despite Ziggler’s two World Heavyweight Championship reigns, he has never had a prolonged period at the top of the company.
Speaking to SevenVenues Dolph Ziggler discussed being told that Vince McMahon didn’t see him at the very top and what Ziggler had to to do along the way to try and change his mind:
“Sometimes it was second-hand by other people but not in a condescending way. ‘Hey man Vince (McMahon) doesn’t see it in you.’ A few times it was pretty close to the top. ‘Hey man, we just don’t see it. It just doesn’t work for you.’”
“Every day it was like I can take it but if I can get just 30 seconds let me try to prove them wrong. So, for the next couple of years, something would happen, somebody would get hurt, they would put me in that spot, and I would go out and if they could put me into that spot a little more, after that if I could just win a few times and after that maybe I could just retain. So it was baby steps, little goals all the way through. Somehow the timing worked out and sometimes it happens.”
Undoubtedly the highlight of Ziggler’s WWE career was his second World Heavyweight Championship win which came when he cashed in Money In The Bank the night after WrestleMania 29. The crowd inside the Izod Center came unglued that night when Ziggler’s music hit, giving him one of the biggest receptions of all time when he captured the World Title.