Last year, Dolph Ziggler defeated Bobby Roode and then US Champion Baron Corbin at Clash of Champions 2017 to capture the United States Championship. On the following Smackdown Live, however, Ziggler would shock the WWE Universe by dropping the belt in the middle of the ring, vacating it and taking time off.
Recently, Ziggler took part in a media call and was asked whether he thought he needed to build on the momentum he was carrying at the time of his return in early 2018.
So, when I begged to go away for a long time, I wanted something special to happen. I wanted to go away, work on myself, make myself stronger, make my character better. Using the entire process. And when I was inserted into the United States title match, I said, ‘What can I do to make this match be more prestigious? How can I steal this title away from those two other Superstars?’ When I found a way, the reaction was there, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted.
I thought to myself as I got close to the ring, ‘Walk away and don’t say a word.’ That will get everybody talking. That will be similar to going away for three months, going away for six months, going away for a year or two. As much as I can, without giving up my contract.
I did what I could, and I slammed that title down and I walked out. And that was the most anyone talked about me in seven years, and I really wanted to capitalize on it. I felt special about it. We went in a different direction, but sometimes you do everything you can within your power, and I without a doubt have always done everything in my power to make the titles mean something, make those memorable moments mean something, and have my career be the best it can be.
So, some things are out of my hands. I don’t own the company. But I wanted that to be special, and it was. It just could have been a hell of a lot more special.
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