Dolph Ziggler Talks Becoming A Main Eventer, Match With Punk, Rumble, Cena & More
What he expects at the Royal Rumble: "I don't mind cheating, I don't mind stealing wins. I love it, I live for it. The fact that Sunday that me and Punk are going to kill each other, and go head to head, and go back and forth, and everything we possibly can because we are two of the best in the world, even though I don't feel the need to put it on a T-shirt. The fact that me and him are going to go back and forth with each other, and I hope at some point he feels like he should take his mind off me, and that's when I will win the match. Everybody can say anything they want, make any excuses they want, but there is no way of denying that I am the WWE champion."
Going from mid-card status to main event status: "I want to be the best ever and every night and every night I go out there, I go out to prove it. I love the fact that I can go out and have a 30 minute match, look better than anyone else, do my job better than anyone else and then have someone go 'Ha Ha, you used to be a cheerleader five years ago, isn't that funny?' No it's not. I love the fact that I was in the Spirit Squad. I love that I had something to build from. I love to have a chip on my shoulder because in real life. I have had a chip on my shoulder since I was five years old. So I live for that every single night to have a better comeback than 'hey five years ago you were with a bunch of other guys.' Cool. I get it, we used to be in the Spirit Squad. But I have worked harder than anyone else."
John Cena: "The only guy I think that rivals me in hard work, as much as I hate his guts is John Cena. He works for us every night. He constantly is doing something with Make a Wish. He is constantly doing a signing. He is constantly out there every night doing as hard as he can. He is not as good as me, but I appreciate his hard work. I personally don't like him and that's cool, but he has done his job and he doesn't take days off. He does things for our company that we don't even hear about. He is probably home one or two days a month. He probably goes home and pays his bills. I appreciate that because I define myself as the hardest working man in sports entertainment. Like I said, the only guy that rivals me is John Cena because he has done it longer, and the fact that whether you like him or not and hilariously most of us hate him. 'Oh no it's John Cena again and his five moves, whatever.' But he goes out there every night and he gives every ounce of energy that he possibly can. That's why I appreciate it because I find myself to be the up and coming hardest working man in sports entertainment."
Possibly entering the Royal Rumble: "I told you I have this chip on my shoulder and I love being better than everyone else, and I want to do this so much, and always have someone looking at me and saying, 'Wow that was the greatest match I have ever seen, Oh here comes Dolph Ziggler again.' Nothing would make me happier than winning that title, going back out for the Rumble, and winning the match. Nothing would make me happier. I am looking forward to it. I have even increased my cardio the last couple of weeks, just in case I become an entrant in that Rumble. By the way, my cardio is awesome anyway."
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