Dolph Ziggler is very aware that certain fans don't like his latest gimmick and that their hatred is just fueling his recent run.
There was a time not so long ago that the majority of the WWE Universe was very much behind Dolph Ziggler. Eventually though, once the WWE ignored their pleas to push Ziggler for long enough the fans became tired of him and The Showoff descended into the mid-card. Recently though, Ziggler disappeared from our televisions and it felt as if a repackaged version would soon be coming our way.
Unfortunately, that was not the case. Ziggler did return to SmackDown Live eventually, but he was effectively a more annoying version than the man he had been a couple of months earlier. Since his return, The Show Off has donned various Superstars' attires each week and mimicked their entrances to try and prove a point. His cause is to prove that wrestlers gain more opportunities and adoration from the fans because of their gimmicks instead of their in-ring ability.
Needless to say, most fans haven't exactly taken to Ziggler's "new" gimmick. Each week following The Showoff's latest crop of entrances, fans have taken to social media to air their grievances about what they dislike about the outing. Well, Ziggler is very much aware of that and decided to fire some shots back last week. Ziggler replied to one fan, in particular, revealing that the more they complain, the more popular his segments get, which means WWE gives him more time to execute them the following week.
My fav part is, the MORE marks complain (online, obviously) in unison during my seg, it makes it MORE popular & they give me MORE time haha— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) September 28, 2017
The few among you that have enjoyed Ziggler's entrances and mimicking these last few weeks will likely be disappointed with what's next. The former World Champion was finally confronted about his antics last week on SmackDown Live by Bobby Roode, a man with a pretty glorious entrance of his own. Chances are Ziggler will copy Roode's entrance this Tuesday, but five days later, the copycat act will probably come to an end when the two foes face off at Hell In A Cell.
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Ziggler's act has needed a facelift for a while now and prior to the copying of other Superstars, it felt like that was very much on the cards. Even though Ziggler thinks these segments will continue to get more time, it's hard to imagine that the gimmick will have any legs once he and Bobby Roode are done a week from now. What that means for The Showoff after Hell In A Cell is anyone's guess, but let's hope it's something we haven't seen from him before.