Dolph Ziggler won the US Title in December been then seemingly walked out on the company. He later made his return at the Royal Rumble, appeared on SmackDown Live this week and will be a part of the fatal five-way at Fastlane.
This return is only possible because, at the 11th-hour, WWE and Ziggler came together to sign a new two-year contract that will keep him a part of the WWE roster. Rumors were Ziggler was one foot already out the door when it came to WWE and he was set to move on to other projects and interests. WWE was not interested in letting him go so they gave him a deal that is unlike any other they've given to another WWE Superstar. It's a deal that puts Ziggler in some very unique company.
The report of a new deal comes from The Locker Room podcast, which features independent wrestler Bin ‘The Hacker’ Hamin. How credible a source Hamin is, we don't really know, however with Ziggler announced as returning and him posting comments on his own social media account, it looks like there may be some truth to what Hamin is suggesting.
Hamin mentioned on the Feb. 9 episode that Ziggler, who had previously vented his frustration in his position, was now, all of a sudden, happy to carry on working with WWE as is being shown by his appearance this Tuesday.
The report suggests Ziggler's new deal is a lucrative one that will allow him to make good money, leave events early, and work his outside projects as long as they don't interfere with his commitments to WWE. Basically, he gets a huge pay increase, a bunch of extra time and he can stay in wrestling working for the WWE, a company he never really wanted to leave.
Ahh, I see my agent finally returned your calls. He tells me you agree to the wrestlemania implications, in my rider...— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) February 8, 2018
We’ll let you know.
Here Comes The Money, indeed
As Hamin put it, "Kinda the sweetheart deal, you know, I’m willing to stay a little bit longer because you met my price." is how Ziggler is looking at his new contract.
Unfortunately for fans, who wanted to see Ziggler all of a sudden become a star the WWE pushed with victories and a title run, don't expect much. It appears another part of Ziggler's new deal is that he has no concern losing every single match he's in and he will literally put anyone over. Winning and losing is not one of his priorities and the losses might continue.
It's possible Ziggler may make reference to his new deal tonight suggesting something like "WWE knows I'm the best and they gave me the best contract anyone has ever gotten in the WWE."