Dolph Ziggler is one of WWE’s longest-tenured performers. As such, there is undoubtedly a very unique relationship between himself and Vince McMahon.
While speaking on Out Of Character with Ryan Satin, Ziggler revealed what that relationship is like. In short, he said Vince pushes and challenges him to keep doing new things. Here is the quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“There is a trust that so few of your favorites have that I have and it’s wild because, without complaining, I’m not the main event guy at the moment and a lot of times when it comes to something special, I’m the guy just a match away or so. But I know from that relationship — and, you have to earn it and it’s not just, ‘I earned this a few years ago and now I’m fine.’ You’ve got to re-earn it every day, and I do. If I mess up, which I do all the time, I say, ‘I screwed this up, it’s on me. I will fix it for next time.’
Even though those years, I would say of the 15 [years], eight, or nine of them felt like man, ‘Vince hates my f’n guts. What the hell is happening here?’ Then, there are those five or six where you go, ‘I get it now. He’s pushing me, he’s challenging me because only I can do these things,’ and I’m very blessed to be doing them and still kicking ass doing them.”
Dolph Ziggler debuted his current character in 2008 but he made his WWE debut in 2004.