Former WWE Star Recalls Losing On TV As A Rib

Former WWE Star Recalls Losing On TV As A Rib WWE

Nic Nemeth, formerly WWE’s Dolph Ziggler, has revealed the reason he lost more matches than he won during his time in the company.

Ziggler was released after nearly 20 years in WWE on September 21, 2023, and would go on to appear in TNA Wrestling, NJPW and on the independent scene.

During an appearance on Eyes Up Here With Francine, Nemeth revealed why he was booked to lose so much in his WWE career, saying:

“Either nobody is rooting for you in the meeting because you’re not 6’5” or 300 pounds or you’re not Vince’s [Vince McMahon] or Hunter’s [Triple H] favorite guy, so no one is going to be like, ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea, boss. I like him too.’ There is not one of those things.

“Then, there is also the other extreme where Pat Patterson was a big fan of mine, and he was more of a consultant, so some months he is there every TV, sometimes he’s talking to Vince all the time, and some months he’s gone for a few weeks. He was a little bit older and enjoying his life.

“Sometimes, there is nobody there, and if nobody has your back, it’s tricky already because I’m not a legacy, I don’t have any inside information or nobody is looking out for you.

“Also, I got to a point where the top of the top, other than Vince, pulled me aside and said, ‘Pat pushes for you so much because he says such great things and sees such great things in you, that we’re actively ribbing him by having you lose every week.’ He laughed when he said it.

“I go, ‘That’s funny, but that’s my career where I already lose 80% of the time, now I’m losing 95% of the time. Come on.’ They thought it was a cool thing to tell me.”

Nemeth had previously reflected on his belief he was going to be released across a number of years only to find that WWE weren’t going to let him go.

AEW announcer and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has stated his belief that Nemeth will return to WWE eventually.

Transcript from Fightful.

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