At SummerSlam in August 2019, Dolph Ziggler was defeated by WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg. The match was rather random, with Ziggler being advertised to face The Miz until a few days before the show.
The match between Ziggler and Goldberg at the pay-per-view lasted just under two minutes, but the former World Heavyweight Champion has revealed that it was supposed to be even shorter.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, Ziggler stated that he even threatened to leave WWE when trying to make his match with Goldberg longer:
“As a kid [I was a fan] but as a grown up I see these guys and I’m like, ‘Okay I’m here to do business and do special things — I try not to be the fan. I find out what the business is and I’m like ‘Cool this is the moment.’ And having that like ‘You’re the guy to do this. To set the record straight and give this guy this fantastic match. I’m like, ‘Fantastic.’”
“Then they go, ‘it’s gonna be bell spear’ and I go ‘Come on.’ So I fought all day long, threatened to leave, threatened to leave. Do anything I can do — ‘Give me two damn minutes!’ And I got a minute, whatever, what are you gonna do?”
Dolph Ziggler on Goldberg struggles:
"They go 'it's going to be a bell, spear, pin'…
"You go 'c'maaan'.
"I fought all day long, threatened to leave, threatened to quit and said give me two damn minutes!" pic.twitter.com/SAA2dy10xp
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) November 9, 2019
Since then, Ziggler has formed a team with Robert Roode. The pair have now been drafted to Friday Night Smackdown.