In 2005, Dolph Ziggler made his WWE debut as Kerwin White's (Chavo Guerrero) sidekick/golf caddie. At the time, Ziggler was using his real name, Nick Nemeth.
After his brief stint with Chavo, Ziggler was sent back to OVW.
In January 2006, Ziggler, under the name Nicky, became a member of the Spirit Squad. The Spirit Squad was a heel group that was made up of male cheerleaders.
Sounds stupid, right? Wrong. It was hilariously entertaining. Every Spirit Squad member, including Ziggler, played their parts to perfection.
Once the Spirit Squad disbanded in 2007, Ziggler was sent back to OVW again.
After a year as a member of the Raw roster, Ziggler was drafted to SmackDown in the 2009 supplemental draft.
In 2010, Ziggler won the Intercontinental championship and had a five-month reign before losing the title to Kofi Kingston on an episode of SmackDown.
On the same night he lost the Intercontinental title, Ziggler won a four-way match to become the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight championship.
Ziggler wrestled Edge, who was the World Heavyweight champion, at the 2010 Royal Rumble. Ziggler lost the match.
At that time, Vickie Guerrero was Ziggler's girlfriend as well as the acting general manager of SmackDown. Vickie was doing everything she could in order to help her beau, Dolph.
She set the parameter that if Edge used the Spear, his finishing move, during the rematch with Ziggler, than he would lose the World Heavyweight championship.
Edge used the Spear to defeat Ziggler and two weeks later, Ziggler was awarded the World Heavyweight championship.
To shorten up the story, Edge was fired by Vickie. Teddy Long (SmackDown general manager) came back and rehired Edge, and Edge beat Ziggler in a rematch for the World Heavyweight title.
Ziggler held the World Heavyweight championship for under 12 minutes. My question is...why?
The WWE made Ziggler look ridiculous. There was no way he could compete against a star like Edge. Ziggler's title reign was an embarrassment and he wasn't ready for the big league.
After his disappointing World Heavyweight title run, Ziggler went down the WWE ladder and became the United States champion.
Right now, Ziggler has the Money in the Bank briefcase and has proven himself to be a worthy main-eventer. It's taken him seven to eight years to get here, but he deserves it.
As of today, Dolph Ziggler is 32 years old. He has won a World Heavyweight championship, an Intercontinental championship, a United States championship and is a WWE Tag Team champion.
I expect Ziggler to stay in the upper-card/main event for the next year or so. He is one of the best wrestlers and athletes in WWE and can only go forward from here.
Dolph Ziggler has a very bright future.