Dolph Ziggler Talks Past Gimmicks, His Name, Being Different & More

On the comparison he gets to Mr. Perfect: "Honestly, there are several guys that I watched and studied. Because I knew they were ring generals and I've always been a student of this business. Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Mr. Perfect, Billy Gunn -- any of those guys who were athletes who always wanted all eyes on them and wanted to steal the show every time they went out there.

"Subconsciously, I think I started moving around like Mr. Perfect at times, but it's also a combination of 20 other superstars that I grew up watching and just knew that they were so fluid and so great in the ring. Subconsciously, you just start to pick up moves and traits.

"I think, more importantly, we have similar hair. Honestly, though, it's a honor to be compared to those guys who were my heros growing up."

On why he went with short, brown hair for a brief period in 2011: "At the time, I was in a little bit of a rut. The whole reason I have long, blond hair is to stand out and be myself, I love being different. If everybody else had long, blond hair, I would have short black hair. But, they don't. So, I like standing out, I like having my matches be different. I like me moving around the ring differently.

"And, for some reason, I was in a rut and I thought, 'Man, I'm not progressing like I want. Why is that?' And I noticed that all these guys that seem to be going in the right direction have these clean cut, everybody-looks-the-same hair cut. Maybe me standing out isn't so great for my career right now.

"So, I gave it a try. It didn't work out. I said, 'Listen, I don't like pretending to be something I'm not. I need to be this show off guy that stands out, who goes out there to steal the show. Let everybody else look cookie-cutter, I'm going to look different.'"

You can check out the full interview below.

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