Arn Anderson talked about Extreme rules 2015, Dolph Ziggler, and Cesaro on his 4/21 Podcast. He discussed Dolph Ziggler and problems Dolph had with management in WWE. By management, we can only assume Arn meant Vince McMahon.
Speaking of Dolph using the Superkick:
“It was the fact that Dolph, who throws a hell of a superkick, the office did not want him using the superkick because that was Shawn’s finish, but Shawn was retired. Shawn was gone. You can’t retire moves. How many super kicks do you see today for God’s sakes? Probably one in every single match, in every company. That was a heated issue years ago.”
Arn makes a good point about retiring moves. However, some guys are very protective of their finishers. Last year, we saw Taz and Xpac weigh in on people using other’s finishers.
Dolph seemed destined to be a top guy, but he never quite made it to the top. What kept him from getting there? Arn isn’t sure, but apparently Dolph always having an opinion didn’t do him any favors:
“Dolph has a set and he doesn’t mind saying what he thinks. Even though he is right most of the time, that’s the wrong thing to do. The reality is the company wants blind devotion. Dolph had an opinion for the longest time 10 years ago.
“But Dolph had an opinion. He would voice it. The guy was never a question amongst all the producers. He worked his ass off and once we got to gorilla, no matter if he agreed with what was going on or not, he would go out and give you 100%. I’m a big fan of Dolph Ziggler. I think he is one of those guys you may bitch about him when he is on the card. I’m sure a lot of guys, the higher ups in the office, and certainly the boss got tired of dealing with Dolph. But, the fact of the matter is, Dolph is right a lot of the time. He’s been one of those performers that over the years, made everybody better than what they were. The question as to why he was not one of the top guys, I certainly don’t have it. It wouldn’t have bothered me at all.”
Vince McMahon has to be difficult to understand. All the rumors say he wants guys to stand up for themselves, but also we hear stories like this where guys standing up for themselves causes problems.
Either way, Dolph has managed to stay around for a long time and is still factoring into major storylines. He must be doing something right.