If you ask Dolph Ziggler why he's not where he should be in WWE and how he responds to those who say he's partially to blame, he'll tell you it's not on him.
Current Intercontinental Champion and RAW WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler was a recent guest on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast. Among other discussions, Garcia asked Dolph what he thinks about often not being in major storylines or given prime spots on WWE programming. Ziggler said, "I have no idea; but, I’ve done everything I can….If you’ve done everything you can and creative has nothing for you sometimes they have nothing for you. Sometimes it’s personal. Sometimes it’s not."
While Ziggler has improved his standing in the company over the past few weeks and is working alongside Drew McIntyre, he's spent most of 2018 flying under the radar, with rumors he might be leaving the company due to frustrations with how he was being used. In fact, his last couple years in the company would have to be viewed as a considerable letdown.
He elaborated on those frustrations by explaining he's spent almost all of the 12 years he's been in the company doing everything he could. He simply can't explain why WWE isn't sending more opportunities his way and others behind the scenes can't either.
Ziggler relayed a story about asking Shawn Michaels to watch one of his matches and provide feedback. He said, "I said to Shawn, ‘I’m going to go out here in this dark match and you tell me why the hell I’m not on TV kicking ass.’ He goes, ‘Ah Ok.’ I had the match, came to the back and he said, ‘Yeah, I don’t know.’"
Ziggler has grown frustrated with former WWE Superstars and Hall of Famers suggesting he's responsible for getting himself over, calling that untrue. He says the company knows how good he is, he knows how good he is and there's really no reason WWE shouldn't be taking full advantage of it. In short, he believes a wrestler can only do so much.
Ziggler admitted that seven years ago, maybe he could have been more forthright with his input and getting himself involved, but since then he's done everything he could, including pitching to Vince McMahon and even working out in the gym more.
Ziggler will get a chance to prove himself, once again, this Sunday at Extreme Rules. He'll be facing Seth Rollins in a 30-minute Iron Man Match.