As he prepares to face Sheamus at Extreme Rules in a Kiss My A**e match, former World heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler took to Twitter to both hype the match and tease a potential WWE departure.
— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) April 23, 2015
Interesting wording from the 34-year-old Ziggler, as he continues to not be featured as prominently on WWE television as he has vocally stated he would like to be. In particular, the ominous time frame given by Ziggler makes it sound as if he could be finishing up with the company shortly, if the fans don’t make it worthwhile to stay.
“You’ve got 5 months to prove that I need you. THIS is for everyone screwed over bc they did what they weren’t supposed to do – GET OVER it. you mad bro? sad, for a guy who never loses.”
As Ziggler tells the fans, they have five months to prove that he needs them. It’s possible that his contract with the WWE expires at that time, so the fans response and his subsequent spot in the company could hinge on his decision.
Notoriously high on himself, the “Show-Off” has made a litany of comments criticizing the company in recent years. Most recently, Ziggler stated that he wasn’t happy with WWE management and that he felt he should be leaving WrestleMania 31 as Intercontinental champion.
That didn’t prove to be the case, as Daniel Bryan left the big event with the championship, likely further aggravating Ziggler.
An aggravated Ziggler has gotten himself into trouble several times in recent years, including his push reportedly being stopped due to comments he made two years ago about Randy Orton in an interview with Mike Jones from DC101 (via Wrestling Inc).
“So, the fact that it’s now out in the open, and I’m allowed to comment on it, it actually makes me sick. I’m really happy from Randy, he’s awesome, he’s so good at this. It makes me mad how good he is. But the opportunities that he gets over and over again makes that chip on my shoulder feel that much bigger to me. I wanna go out there and prove that they’re wrong, prove [to] Triple H that he backed the wrong guy for the last 10 years, and no matter what, I’m going to come out on top, one way or the other.”
At this stage, if Ziggler is intent on leaving, he will not have a problem being vocal about it. If anything, his tendency to be outspoken and critical of his employer is what held him back all of these years. But if his comments prove to be a harbinger of things to come, a re-energized fan base and perhaps a more prominent role might convince the Cleveland, Ohio, native to stay.
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