As noted earlier, WOIO-TV CBS-19 Cleveland Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet interviewed Dolph Ziggler last week, who was home in Cleveland for Thanksgiving. During the interview, Ziggler discussed why he has been wrestling in t-shirts lately, who he thinks are the most underutilized wrestlers in WWE, dressing up as Ivan Drago (from Rocky IV) and more. You can check out some more highlights below, and you can watch the full interview above.
The most underutilized superstar in WWE: “Tyson Kidd, Heath Slater, Alex Riley I’m a big fan of his work. There’s a million guys that don’t always get the spotlight? I’ve worked 100 jobs in my life and I’ve never been with more hard working people that aren’t just in it for themselves, they’re in it for the fans and for the respect of their peers. There’s one or two probably that got under my radar that aren’t the hardest workers in the world, everybody else wants what’s best for the company.Visit Wrestling Inc. They want what’s best for themselves. We’re there to help the company and there’s so many other names on that list, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder those guys that have been fans since they were 5-years old.”
Which was a better gimmick: Nicky of the Spirit Squad or Kerwin White’s caddy: “It depends, because they both kinda sucked. Let’s see, which one was more heartbreaking to hear about? Actually, the Kerwin White caddy thing was pretty cool… you’re going off with Chavo Guerrero, this name that’s synonymous with awesome history for years.Check out Wrestling Inc. We don’t have too many Attitude era guys that are still around, or before that, who can take people under their wing, and I got that chance. That was amazing. But also in the Spirit Squad, losing every night – which is kinda my thing anyway – but sharing the spotlight with 5 guys… I had a blast with those guys by the way, working with DX, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, everybody you could possibly name and we had a blast. So both ended up being pretty cool.”
On his diet and workout: “I would say 70% of the time I eat moderately healthy and 30% of the time I eat whatever the hell I want because I work out so hard. Because I know that every Monday, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday I have to be in a pair of underwear trying not only to be in OK shape, but I want the boss to say ‘that guy can be my champion’, so I have to look like a million bucks every single day?. Visit Wrestling Inc. Every morning no matter what, six days a week if not seven I force myself up and on that treadmill or elliptical and get your body going? Eat and enjoy yourself, we’ve got too many nerdy people who are weighing turkey slices. Get out of here, you know what’s good and you know what’s bad. Eat what you like and be moderately healthy but go kill it in the gym.”