Dolph Ziggler has recently signed a new deal with WWE that is earning him big money and lets him work on outside projects.
The last couple of months in WWE have been shrouded in mystery when it comes to Dolph Ziggler. At Clash of Champions in December the former World Champion defeated both Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode to win the United States Title. Then, just two days later on SmackDown Live, he laid the championship down in the ring and walked out.
Following that, a tournament was held to crown a new US Champion and The Glorious One now holds the gold. Many fans speculated an angle involving a returning Ziggler claiming that he is in fact the rightful champion. As of right now though, that doesn't seem to be the creative direction. The Showoff entered at number 30 in the Royal Rumble and will return to Tuesday nights this coming week to take on Corbin. The winner will be entered into the WWE Title match at Fastlane.
Independent wrestler Bin Hamin may have recently shed some light on the situation. While Hamin was a guest on The Locker Room podcast he revealed that he has been told Zigger has signed a new deal with WWE. The former Spirit Squad member was apparently all set to leave the company when WWE made him a big money offer at the 11th hour. Not only that, but the former Spirit Squad member will also be allowed to work on outside projects while still under contract with WWE.
It has felt like Ziggler has been looking for a way out of WWE for a while now. In 2016, he was involved in an angle with The Miz that involved him putting his career on the line. Many believed that would be the end to the current chapter of his wrestling career, but instead, Ziggler won the match and became Intercontinental Champion. It feels like The Showoff is trying to leave but WWE sees him as too important to let go.
While his act and his move set may seem tired and overplayed, Ziggler is a more important piece in WWE's puzzle than most likely realize. There's a reason that Superstars such as Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode fought their first main roster feuds against him. He is an established main roster star that the higher-ups in the company know they can trust. Clearly, that's a lot more important to people such as Vince McMahon than many might think.