Dolph Ziggler has explained why he’s heartbroken that his WrestleMania 36 match didn’t take place in front of fans.
WrestleMania 36 was an unusual event, with it taking place in early 2020, at the height of the pandemic.
With the event being the first and only WrestleMania with no fans in attendance, many have pointed to Drew McIntyre’s title win, and The Undertaker’s final match as moments that would’ve been great in front of a live audience.
Speaking with Sam Roberts, Dolph Ziggler recalled his match with Otis, and the surrounding romantic storyline involving Mandy Rose.
Explaining why he wishes this bout took place in a packed arena, he said:
“I hate, I f**king hate that I had one singles match in 18 f**king years and it was on a soundproof stage with no f**king fans.
“Here’s why I hate it. I don’t hate it because I only got one ever and there was nobody there. That’s f**king hilarious. That’s a great rib. Well done, Junior and everybody else.
“I am heartbroken that this beautiful story of this kick-ass lady and this bad-ass guy that you’re rooting for, and this a**hole, 80’s bad guy with his collar popped — My whole life is finally on TV.
“I’m the 80’s bad guy. I’m Blane and I’m going to race you down the mountain because my dad owns this place.
“I finally get it, and we invest so much time in it, and we don’t have the matches or the stuff that a lot of you guys see as important, but the behind-the scenes stuff, where Sonya and I have this weird chemistry right off the bat to where we seem like these a**hole Bond villains.
“I’m like, ‘This is the most beautiful story I have ever been a part of in this company and I’m so proud of it.
“And I go, ‘All I wanted is that moment where I get punched in the balls and Otis picks up Mandy and they kiss.’
“And I go, ‘I am heartbroken that this is not in front of 80,000 people.’ It broke my heart because it was the payoff of a long story and sometimes we cut those short, and sometimes we do those wrong.
“When we do them great that’s awesome, and I’m usually not a part of it. I finally was, and I hate that you guys weren’t there.”
Ziggler last wrestled on the May 29 edition of Raw, when he was brutalised by new Raw star JD McDonagh.
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