Over the past few months, WWE has turned two heel characters—The Miz and Alberto Del Rio—with mixed results. The Miz is still trying to find traction, while Del Rio now is a monster babyface with the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist.
Dolph Ziggler is one of the top contenders for Del Rio’s title. Ziggler tells an Australian newspaper he actually prefers being a heel and would resist any attempts to turn him.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Ziggler says he would not mind being a heel for the rest of his career:
I would love to make my entire career as the guy who did not get cheered. Of course, I’m still going to get cheered by people who think they’re smart, and that's fine—they’re acknowledging how good I am at my job—but I don't want cheers. I want the boos. I love it.
The former World and Intercontinental champion won last year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view for the right to cash in a contract at any time for the World belt. He has teased a cash-in several times over the past year, including a shot on last week’s Raw broadcast, only to get foiled.
In the interview, Ziggler says he works hard to make his character as entertainingly despicable as possible. He says he studies entertainment regularly and writes jokes and material to use every day.
But he claims, though, that he does not have to sell the character too much because it actually is a reflection of him as a person:
I love doing this, so it's a character, but it’s also me. I really enjoy entertaining, and we have people who are getting cheered and doing the right thing, but I’m not a nice guy in person so I enjoy capitalizing on that. I don’t instantly hate everyone who's a good guy, but when I back it up, it makes people that much angrier.
Ziggler says he thinks pro wrestling enjoys so much success because the roster offers characters to which everyone can relate. He also says he has a comeback for people who use the word “fake” to describe his line of work: “Oh, you're an accountant. Is that fake?”
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