– Dolph Ziggler spoke with IGN.com this weekend to promote WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Here are some highlights:
IGN: Who do you have the best in-ring chemistry with right now?
Ziggler: You know what, I’ve had a few matches with CM Punk already and even though they haven’t been too long, for two guys with two different styles I felt that we put on great matches. That’s why I’m really looking forward to Sunday. I’d have to go with Punk right now just because we’ve gone in there a couple times and neither one of us really showed any weaknesses in our performance so now I’m looking forward to facing him at the Pay Per View where we might get more time and see which one of us is going to bend first.
IGN: A few weeks back, on RAW, you told Mick Foley that he wasn’t welcome in the Rumble match. How do you feel about the legends coming back to take spots on the card?
Ziggler: When I went out there to talk to Mick I really just told the truth. And it’s not just me. There are guys in the back who are at every live event, five nights a week, who go out there and try to prove themselves every single night all year long hoping that they’ll be considered for the Royal Rumble. And I understand that Mick’s a legend and people love him. I get that. But to just come back and say “Hey, I’m going to take this spot” blows my mind. It’s hard for me to believe that it can even happen. I understand that legends come back, but I don’t understand the mentality of someone saying “Yeah, I should be in this match because I used to be really good.”
IGN: Would that also extend to The Rock being at WrestleMania?
Ziggler: Of course it does to some extent. And while appreciate what The Rock has gone on to do and I appreciate the fact that when he comes back every once in a while it will catch the attention of different people who might not usually see a WWE show, which gets more eyes on us, but it also it also does strike a nerve with me because he gets top billing even though we don’t really see him that often. I get it. I know he’s busy. I’m busy too. Being on the show and stealing the show every night.
IGN: And what about Chris Jericho? He’s someone who’s gone away and come back. And now he’s in the Rumble. What do you think about what he’s been doing on RAW?
Ziggler: I’m intrigued as to what he’s doing but I can’t really compare what he’s doing to something like Mick Foley or The Rock because he’s on the show and he’s with us on the live events too. So I know that it at least seems like he’s back full time. So that makes me not mind it so much. Because it feels like he’s with us. But I don’t know what he’s going to do or say, beside the few words he said last Monday night. I’m curious to see where he’s going with all this. And I’m kind of giving him a pass because he’s earned the right to do it because he seems to be back full time.