WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler joined the WrestleMania promotion tour yesterday and spoke openly about his frustration with his current position on the WWE roster.
Ziggler talked to BetweenTheRopes.com and responded to a question about where he thought he might have been on the card this year with the following:
I thought maybe there would be a chance that I would be world champion already and looking forward to an opponent—maybe Brock Lesnar or Rock, but also, at the same time, I’ve been involved with several different issues with Chris Jericho.
Ziggler then commented on how prepared he felt for a main-event run:
I feel personally that I have been ready to go as a main-event player for at least a year now. I feel I give back to this company everything I can, and I go and deliver. Steal the show. Do everything they ask and then some.
I feel like I’m not peaking now. I peaked about a year ago, but it’s staying along the lines of "I can go with anyone in the ring."
From these interviews, it is clear that Ziggler is as frustrated about his lack of a push as his fans are.
This isn’t exactly surprising, as he has been passed over for title opportunities time and time again.
It appeared that he would get a good run at the title at WrestleMania XXVII, but his program with Edge was cut short in favor of Alberto Del Rio. He would then spend the year building his reputation alongside then-manager Vickie Guerrero.
The opportunity to capitalize on the momentum built through 2011 was never truly realized, though. Unfortunately this coincided with the rise of general manager John Laurinaitis. Ziggler ended up fading away amongst the other evil lackeys allied with “Big Johnny,” especially after the third coming of Chris Jericho.
Winning the Money in the Bank contract for a shot at the world-heavyweight title was the next false dawn for Ziggler. Normally this would be the indication that a Superstar was about to receive a push.
Ziggler’s only significant matches since that victory have been in defending that contract. The momentum which he had once enjoyed now seems, if anything, to be behind his sidekick, Big E Langston, who will debut at WrestleMania.
There can be little doubt that Ziggler has the potential to be a main-event star.
Ultimately this will only happen when WWE’s creative department decides the time is right. Still, showing this much passion to be the best must send a message to the right people in the company that Ziggler is ready to take on that task at any time.
Then it will be up to Ziggler to meet that expectation.