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Which Comments About Randy Orton Caused Dolph Ziggler to Lose His Push Last Year?

– You may remember a few month back it was reported Dolph Ziggler lost his push because of something he said in an interview around the time of SummerSlam. No other details were available but we now know that it was Ziggler’s comments about Randy Orton that got him in hot water with WWE officials. Here’s what Ziggler said to on September 4th:

“I’ve made it clear; I’m not patient at all – several times. I’ve been very vocal about my position on the card and in the company. I’m not trying to say ‘Hey, everybody sucks and I’m great!’ But I love doing this, and at some point you go ‘OK, It’s not my time right now and I got to figure something out’ And when it’s time, that’s when I must go out there and make as huge of an impact as I can and let everyone know ‘I dare you to follow that, I dare you try something better.’ And when they don’t (counter or match what I’m doing in the ring) I’m very outspoken about it and it can get me into very hot water (with the company). Then you never know where we’re going. Everybody can be just so outspoken about taller guys, and guys like Randy Orton being the face of the WWE, the WWE Championship. I dare you to put me in a back alley with Randy Orton or someone like that. I guarantee I’m not afraid of someone taller.”


  • Solid

    Same with Orton and Ken Anderson, little botch in the ring, Randy bitches and Ken is fired. I guess Ziggler was worth more to them to keep now than Anderson was then.

  • D2K

    To be fair, backstage politics aside the concussions also took a lot of steam out of his push.

  • ddfindl

    Its like any job really, you can’t just go do and say whatever you want; there’s still politics and seniority involved. He’s gonna have to kiss a$$ and tow the company line for a year or two before he gets a good push again.

  • d_pooch

    Ziggler had tons of momentum when he cashed in his briefcase last year, then suddenly it was over. Regardless of what Ziggler said, someone dropped the ball there.Same way it was dropped with Miz, Ryback, and almost with Bryan.

  • millerj265

    He’s only been gone for 3yrs. He main evented mania 2010 with Cena.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    but not if a guy like Randy Orton bitches to the top guy who he just so happens to be best buddies with, why do you think Batista who hasn’t been with the WWE for 7 years comes back and gets a title shot straight away?

  • RomanReigns

    Agree with Ryan, politics are in all jobs. Ziggler has the talent to be the next big thing in WWE. With guys like him, Reigns, Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryans, the future is bright.

  • ryan

    There is politics in every job field.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    kudos to Ziggler for speaking his mind, just sucks that Randy is such a whiny bitch and theres so much politicking in pro wrestling.