The Showoff has been hinting at a departure from the WWE for a few years now. After a few years of never getting the spot he felt he deserved, Ziggler openly admitted to the idea of leaving the land of the giants to pursue other dreams of his.
In December, Ziggler appeared on the E&C Pod of Awesomeness to vent his frustrations about his spot in the company. He wasn’t a fan of being the “gatekeeper” of the company, only being used to put over newer talent. Upon their arrival, he feuded with Baron Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Bobby Roode, losing all three feuds.
When he dropped his US title in the middle of the ring at the end of 2017, many people thought we’d seen the last of Ziggler. However, he made his return at the Royal Rumble match, and we now know some of the details in his new deal.
Bin Hamin spoke about the contract on a recent edition of The Locker Room Podcast.
Here’s the inside scoop that I’ve kinda been told. After Ziggler laid down the belt and went away for 30 days, silently came back as #30, and then tossed out kinda useless. He was already two feet out the door, and it was at the 11th hour that they made him another offer he can’t refuse.
Big Money and the fact that, now that he’ll stay, he’s willing to put anybody over, do jobs, whatever. And he can leave after his matches, he doesn’t need to stick around the arena, and he can take outside projects as long as they don’t conflict with his schedule. Kinda the swetheart deal, you know, I’m willing to stay a little bit longer because you met my price.
Dolph Ziggler will make his return to Smackdown Live this Tuesday to take on Baron Corbin to see who will join AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn in the fatal 4-way match at WWE Fastlane.