Finally… The Cover Boy – WWE June 2013 Scans

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After nearly a decade long, Dolph Ziggler lands his first solo cover for WWE Magazine — and not a moment too soon! While most of us are suffering from Ziggler withdrawals while our Champ is on the mend, the June 2013 issue of WWE Magazine scans should suffice… for now. Ever wonder how you could train like a Heavyweight (champion)? Well, wonder no more — 8 HQ scans of Dolph in the “Body Issue” have been added to the gallery, explaining how you could get those washboard abs. Because face it: we only read it for the articles, right? …Right?

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Interview with ESPN

WrestleMania 29: Ziggler aims to steal show

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – I’m talking to Dolph Ziggler, the athlete who I consider the single best performer in WWE today, when wrestling legend-turned-author-turned-stand-up comedian Mick Foley yells out from across the room: “Hey Dolph, tell him about our show. Dolph’s going to do a set for me.”

“I’m doing my first standup routine,” Ziggler says as we meet early Friday morning inside the IZOD Center. Turns out, Ziggler will be one of the opening acts in Foley’s comedy tour next Thursday in Arizona.

“I’ve been writing material, but I’ve never performed before. I’m already so nervous,” he said.

“Dolph will wrestle in front of 75,000 people Sunday and he’ll be fine, but get him in front of 200 people and he’ll be terrified,” laughs Foley.

“I’m sweating just thinking about it,” says Ziggler. “This might be a two- or three-minute routine, we’ll see. It’s very nerve-racking. I’ve been writing for about two years now, so it’s finally time to put some of it out there for people to see.”

Until then, look for Dolph to do what he does best, and that’s wowing millions inside the ring with his array of high-flying moves mixed in with a push-up or two just so the “showoff” can live up to his well-deserved nickname.

ESPN Playbook: Look ahead one year for me. Is Dolph Ziggler in the main event of WrestleMania 30?

Dolph Ziggler: I feel like as hard as I’ve worked and as far as I’ve come, nothing has been handed to me to where it was an instant thing, so I think going from a tag match to the main event might be a stretch because I’m smart and I get this. I think next year, I’ll be in a very significant singles match that has a lot of meaning and a story behind it, then in 31, I’m in the main event of WrestleMania.

Is there resentment in the locker room that out of the three main events, four of the performers are part-timers?

Yeah, of course there is, but that’s how it goes. When somebody is getting a lot of time on TV, a lot of people will start to resent them or think they’re better. But that’s how it goes. And you know what, I hate it, I hate that part-timers have to come back in order for us to have the biggest WrestleMania there is, but it’s also smart business. The biggest movie star in the entire world just happens to have come from WWE, so who wouldn’t want to see the biggest movie star go up against the biggest WWE superstar we have, the face of the organization, the franchise? That match just has the glitz and glamour, that’s the main event and we get that. The guys who resent it 100 percent just don’t understand the business because there’s money to be made, there’s eyes to be brought to a WrestleMania. Say it was me and Daniel Bryan headlining, we’re not going to get those people who pay to see a movie star. Our job is, we get the people who pay to see Rock and John Cena, and you leave an impression that you stole the show. You do something to make them come back and see you the next day. That is my goal every time we do this, and of course, on Sunday, all those people tune in to see The Rock and Cena, but I’m going to leave them thinking I stole the show and now they have to tune in on Monday to see what I’m going to do next. That’s how I’ve been able to build my entire career. I’ve found a way to stand out and steal the show.

You’ve held the Money in the Bank briefcase longer than anyone I can remember. Do you keep anything in it when you travel? Do you ever get stopped in security because of it?

I usually have a book in there or something. [laughs] When you travel, you get a carry-on and a small bag or briefcase, so I carry that and my gear, and I need them both. I will not check either one of those, but it does cause a lot of questions in security. Everyone always wants to look inside and see it. I have had the briefcase for a very long time, and I resent that I’ve had it for so long, but perhaps on the biggest stage of them all … I think I’m the only person to ever have this contract going into WrestleMania, so we’ll see. Maybe Sunday is the day I cash this baby in.

You could end up walking out of Mania with two belts. Talk about causing a stir in security.

Yeah, then I’d have a whole new problem.

You have Fandango and Big E. Langston making their debuts, which should be interesting.

I know, and that’s pretty cool. For someone like Fandango, who wasn’t doing too much but has been around for awhile and is really good at what he does … and that’s another thing, the “You can’t wrestle!” chants are getting really loud every Monday, and not just for Cena, like they should be, but for Fandango. This guy has been busting his butt for years, and he’s good, and I think he’s going to have a great match against Chris Jericho. I didn’t see that happening a couple of weeks ago, I never could’ve guessed these two guys would be fighting each other, but it’s just so cool that they voiced their opinion, and now he’s debuting and we get to see what else he can do besides jump off the top rope. And Big E. is also debuting, but in a slightly more protected role because I’ll be out there with him. I’ve been a mentor to him, we’ve had a lot of talks, and we’ve had some strategy sessions, and he’s ready. He’s one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen in the gym. He pushes crazy weight, and I think he’s someone who can throw Kane around if given the chance.

I like Big E.’s personality. He seems to be a pretty funny guy.

Yeah, and he is funny, and that’s what’s cool about WWE. Eventually you get to know these guys, not just as a performer in the ring, but as a character. Hopefully you’ll get to know more about me than just wrestling every night.

It’s crazy because on Zack Ryder’s show and on your YouTube show, you cut some pretty awesome promos, and I kept waiting for you to do the same thing on Raw, but they never let you show that side of your character.

They approached me for that show saying, “We love how entertaining you are, we love how funny you are, we love you talking on the mike, here’s a show.” And I was like, “But what about the main show? What about the five million people?” So I went out and I wanted to show them. I wanted to write the best material, I wanted to be the best at improv, and I’m going to have it be so good that if they happened to watch it once, they would hand me the mic in the ring. Just give me the chance to sink or swim. I think that’s fair.

I interviewed CM Punk earlier this week and he said he’d like to form a tag team with Brock Lesnar and take on the winner of your title match Sunday. How do you think Ziggy and Big E. would match-up against Punk and Lesnar?

Yeah, I heard about this. That would be great. First of all, that would mean that Lesnar was hanging around, and secondly, it would be great to get in the ring with those guys. I’d love to be the champs, and those guys are a little more established than Big E., but between me, Big E., and A.J., I think we could make it work. We’d be a great team and I think it would be a blast. I’d love to try it out.

You told me before how Edge was a huge influence on you and how he used to text you advice after your matches. Does he still do this?

Yeah, I’m still in contact with Lance Storm and Edge. I’m also still in contact with a bunch of guys I used to drive with like Tommy Dreamer and Christian. As we’d ride together, I’d be like: “Yell at me, fill me in with what I’m doing,” and they did and they still help me to this day. Edge will text me at least a kind word back and forth helping me out with some stuff. We got to do a couple of months, just me and him at the live events, and that was such an enormous help. One of my favorite matches of all time was me and Edge at the Rumble a couple of years ago. It was like 25 minutes, and every near fall, the crowd thought it was the end of the match. Man, what a great match. It was so fun to do.

When you were a kid, was there a match you remember that made you become a wrestling fan or made you want to become a wrestler?

As a kid, the first ever show that I went to, the main event was Harley Race versus Hulk Hogan, and it’s funny because I just saw Harley yesterday, which is really cool. It was in the Richfield Coliseum because Cleveland didn’t have an arena to have a wrestling show in, so we drove out to it, and I was hooked from that day forward. I saw the Hart Foundation versus the British Bulldogs in a cage match, and then there was Hogan and Race in the main event. I’ve been hooked since then.

Interview with Comcast’s XFINITY

WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler Breaks Down Wrestlemania’s Top Matches

Quick Note: Wrestlemania season is heating up and XFINITY has you covered! We’re going to have interviews and insights from top WWE Superstars, on-location tidbits from Wrestlemania weekend, and more. Order Wrestlemania here. And be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute details.

There isn’t a physical “Road to Wrestlemania.” But if there was, the next sign would read “This Exit: MetLife Stadium.”

With the industry’s biggest show just a few short days away, I had a chance to chat with Mr. Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler, to get his thoughts on the evening’s top matches…

Gordon Holmes: Alright, let’s start this off with the most important match; Zig-E and Big E vs. Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Titles…
Dolph Ziggler: You’re really trying to get that to catch on. (Laughs)

Holmes: I’m still trying to make “fetch” happen. Now, whenever I see one of my girlfriend’s ex-boyfriends, they tend to be smarter and better looking than me and I get depressed. Is it weird to face off against two of AJ’s exes in Kane and Daniel Bryan?

Ziggler: It’s only weird if you make it weird. But me, realizing that I’m pretty much the trophy that I am compared to a little garden gnome guy and a deranged monster, either way I think I have the upper hand here. Those guys are really good performers, but I’m known for being one of the best. And when it comes down to that Wrestlemania match, I won’t be thinking if it’s uncomfortable, I’m going to be thinking about doing whatever I can to steal the show and show off to AJ that she made the right choice.

Holmes: Have you had any conversations with Big E about the difference between Wrestlemania and smaller events? Any concerns about nerves?

Ziggler: Of course there is, and honestly even for me, I’ve been around and been at Wrestlemanias and been in front of 70,000 people, it’s not something you can prepare for. The last couple of weekends I’ve been sitting him down and having some good talks with him. This is a big deal just to be on this card. There are a lot of deserving Superstars who aren’t going to be on this Wrestlemania. I feel like I should always be in the main event, but I am excited and happy to be in a match. Just to be there is a big step. Now I have to get it into his head that you don’t want to freeze up, you don’t want to freak out. It all comes down to having me as a mentor for him, and he’s been listening. I think he’s going to be great out there.

Holmes: What is your take on The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship?

Ziggler: I hope all the fans boo them out of the freaking building.

Holmes: (Laughs)

Ziggler: I don’t want the cheers and the boos. I hope it’s 90% boos letting them know that this “Once in a Lifetime” match is happening again and that I or someone else should be the main event. But, that’s the great thing about the WWE Universe. They get to voice their opinions, they get to show their signs. And whether they like something or hate it, you’re going to hear about it. I’m excited to hear it.

Holmes: So when the “We want Ziggler” chant breaks out, it’s not going to break your heart.

Ziggler: No, I’m used to it. Especially in New York.

Holmes: What’s your take on the new championship belt design?

Ziggler: I think it’s pretty cool. For a long time people wanted to get rid of that Cena-recognized belt. As a championship I think it looks pretty cool. Like I try to do myself, I think it mixes a little bit of old school with a little bit of shiny bling. It gives you the best of both worlds.

Holmes: Have you had any interactions with The Rock since he’s been back?

Ziggler: We’ve had a couple of quick talks here and there. He’s usually pretty busy just like all of us when he gets here. He’s been pretty cool about everything. And it was pretty neat, he told me he liked my work which is a pretty cool deal because you know he’s watching the shows when he’s traveling. Like I said, having him back, it makes me a little mad. But, I love the business sense of it, having him come back and getting the crowd behind him. When he’s promoting movies, we’re holding down the fort, waiting for him to come back.

Holmes: Triple H is putting his career on the line against Brock Lesnar in a career-ending match. Who do you like there?

Ziggler: I don’t know. Brock is a legitimate UFC guy who has beaten the crap out of some pretty tough fighters and I think Triple H was lucky to get out of it alive last time. But, Triple H is obviously motivated, his career is on the line and that’s a huge deal. But, he’s also an office guy, so he always has that as a backup. I don’t know if Brock has any other plans but to go out there and destroy opponents. I’m assuming Brock will come out on top of this one.

Holmes: Undertaker vs. CM Punk…does the streak continue or does Punk prove he’s the “best in the world”?

Ziggler: You know what? That streak is one of the biggest, majestic pieces of what makes Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania. Every year you start to question it, and as we get closer to the match you think maybe this new guy, this young kid, is he angry enough, is he going to be the one to break the streak? And you never know if it’s going to go to 30-0 or end at 20-1. That’s the awesome intrigue and that’s one of the matches I’m looking forward to watching. If CM Punk were to win, that’s bigger history than anything else that happens on that entire card.

Holmes: Is that how it’s viewed now? The streak is more important than the championships?

Ziggler: Yeah. Honestly, it’s such a staple of the Wrestlemania Pay Per View. It’s such a big deal that I wonder if you were to ask someone like me, “Do you want to face Cena for the title or take a crack at the streak?” I might lean toward the streak because Cena’s been champ a bunch of times, Punk held it for over a year, but that’s twenty one years there. It’s such a big deal that it’s bigger than the championship in some sense. To me it would be.

Holmes: This match might have your attention; Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Ziggler: I could care less, I hope they beat the crap out of each other and whoever is left gets laid out by the other one. I’ll be walking down the aisle and stealing the show with my cash in.
Holmes: I thought that was going to be a big secret, I was going to try to get you to confess that that was your plan. They knock each other cold, then cue Ziggler’s music.

Ziggler: You know, I’ve seen it before where it wasn’t exactly quite how I wanted it yet, so I can’t guarantee that’s going to happen. Cause when I cash this in, I’m not cashing it in to maybe win. It’s going to happen. So, somebody has to be out pretty cold for me to get back in there.

Holmes: Clearly you’re leaving Wrestlemania with two belts. And some guys will wear one around their waist and have the other over their shoulder, or both over their shoulders. Have you given much thought as to how you’re going to do it?

Ziggler: I honestly haven’t. Sometimes I’m old-school tradition. I like when the champion wears the title around his waist, so maybe both around the waist. But, I’d really hate to cover up these abs for all the girls that watch the show for me.

Holmes: I don’t have that problem, so I never would’ve thought of that. What if you snapped them behind your neck and wore them draped over your shoulders like a boxer would?

Ziggler: Oh…that’s very interesting. How about one facing the front, one facing back, I do my entrance facing out. That might work too.

Holmes: The clock is ticking, you need to figure this out and fast.

Ziggler: It’s not on the top of my list, but I’ll give it some consideration.
Holmes: I don’t mean to stress you out.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

Don’t miss WWE Wrestlemania, Sunday April 7, 2013 at 7 pm ET on Pay Per View.

Interview with CBS-19 Entertainment

Dolph Ziggler recently spoke with CBS-19 entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet. Here are some highlights:

On cashing in the money in the bank briefcase at WrestleMania: “Cashing in at WrestleMania has never been done before and no matter what I’ve done in this business, whether I win or lose, I’ve always done things my way and come out in the most entertaining way possible. So I would really like to cash this in at WrestleMania. I’m not even guaranteeing that that’s happening, but it would be so like me to do that… I think on April 8th, I will have something else [other than the Money in the Bank contract] in my hand.”

On starting off 2013 with a string of losses: “Ever since I was 5 years old and started wrestling, I lost once. And I hated it and never wanted it to happen again. And all through my life, it wasn’t just about being a great wrestler, it was about proving myself… Right now, I am not winning very often and it disappoints me and it disappoints my fans.”

On whether the style of the Attitude Era will ever return: “It can’t. We have a different product now. I grew up in that Attitude Era and I loved it. I used to go to parties on Monday nights with my friends, but it’s a different product now. I enjoy working for this product. Maybe in that environment I might have never been on the roster, I might have never been anything. I might have never been in a match… But I’ve embraced it. I’m someone who would like to be anything but PG because that’s where my head is always at. But I can focus it down and take some discipline and make it for everyone to enjoy and be entertained. We are giving out a family show and a PG product that just opens the doors for everyone.”

On whether he feels that being with AJ and Big E Langston holds him back: “I feel like you can see it that way, or you can try to see it in a positive way. As in two younger talents who haven’t been around as long as I have who can totally benefit from being around with me… It’s almost like teaching these two to be as great as I am, as they are younger in the WWE and building their careers.”

On The Rock vs. John Cena not actually being “Once in a Lifetime”: “I would like to think that maybe things changed and they weren’t planning this. Maybe they were hoping for a triple threat or a different option. And I think there was such crowd involvement last year that maybe they though we deserve to give these fans back another match where 80,000 people can be cheering and booing and the same time. And it is a special thing to see. These two guys are the top guys in the business and you have to go with them. The Rock is a legitimate movie star and he is booked in this match and that’s awesome…. No matter how you see it, I’m looking forward to hearing 80,000 people voicing their opinion whether they want to see it or not.”

On The Rock being the WWE Champion: “The Rock having the notoriety that he has brings a crazy amount of eyes who would not normally be on our product. That’s what WWE is about, spreading the word out to everybody. When it comes to WrestleMania… he has the build up, he’s out there promoting movies… so I understand that we are trying to get all eyes on us. So when fans come there, they are there to see The Rock and Cena. They’re there to see the movie star, The Rock. And when they leave, just like my entire philosophy has been my whole life, they go ‘I can’t wait to tune in on Monday to see what that Dolph Ziggler is going to do’.”

Interview with Sydney Morning Herald

Dolph Ziggler did a Q&A with the Sydney Morning Herald while in Australia recently. Here are some highlights:

You’ve said you have to sell yourself as a bad guy. How does it feel to have a goal of being loathed by the public?

I love doing this, so it’s a character but it’s also me. I really enjoy entertaining and we have people who are getting cheered and doing the right thing, but I’m not a nice guy in person so I enjoy capitalising on that. I don’t instantly hate everyone who’s a good guy but when I back it up, it makes people that much angrier.

You have said before you work hard to make your character as entertaining as possible. Why is that so important to you?

In this day and age, the bad guy isn’t a guy with a big beer belly who’s out of shape. Half the superstars in this roster have college degrees or master’s degrees and are really good at something, and my goal to be the best [involves entertaining]. I study entertainment and apply it to myself to one day become the greatest WWE superstar we have, and it’s a lot of work. So I write jokes and material every day … you have to keep people’s attention, one way or another.

Does it irk you when people use the term ”fake”?

I usually have a much snappier comeback for them: ”Oh, you’re an accountant. Is that fake?” At the end of the day, you’re doing your job, and I’m really good at what I do. Whatever you do, take pride in it and be great at it. I pride myself on blending that line, in this day and age, of reality TV mixed with stunt work and techniques to keep [the audience] entertained. With 9000 channels and YouTube and Google, you’ve got to keep their attention.

Vince McMahon has labelled it ”sports-entertainment”. What, to you, compels viewers to return week after week?

One way or another, whether it’s the storylines or the characters or the girls, there’s something for everyone. There are [wrestlers] that so many kids can look up to: if they’re being bullied at school, they can relate to him … they’re people who never give up. There are 50 or 60 superstars on the main roster who people can somehow relate to, and that’s why people keep coming back.

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