After the string of injuries that have hit the WWE in recent months, the company couldn't afford to lose any more stars, for whatever reason.
Thankfully for the WWE, despite several reports saying that he was leaving at the the end of his contract, Dolph Ziggler signed a new deal for the foreseeable future.
Three promotions were interested in Ziggler, the likes of Lucha Underground, TNA and New Japan Pro Wrestling all seemingly tried and failed to acquire his services.
Where It Started
The 34-year old reportedly had decided to re-sign with the wrestling conglomerate a couple of weeks ago, and Ziggler told the Boston Herald in an interview exactly why he made that decision.
”I mean, it feels like I started here, I should end my career in the WWE,” Ziggler said. “I feel like they like having me around and I love working here, so it would be really hard to walk away.”
Ziggler is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion but has found himself relegated to the mid-card in recent years, despite the fact that he consistently gets some of the biggest pops of any wrestler on the roster.
Apparently, in the WWE's Shield/Brock Lesar-heavy main event picture, there is no place for a guy like Dolph Ziggler, despite his connection with the fans.
Post Survivor Series Slump
At last year's Survivor Series, Dolph was the last man standing on Team Cena after Big Show turned on his allies and KO Punched the leader, leaving Ziggler to fend off the rest of The Authority, which he did with the help of Sting, before pinning Seth Rollins for the win, taking Triple H and co out of power.
That should have been the start of a huge push for Ziggler, but it just didn't happen. The Authority came back in power and beat him down at every occasion, before he was relegated to something below the IC Title picture.
Ziggler is now in a program with Lana and Rusev, but the Bulgarian Brute is injured and the WWE have no idea how to deal with that, and obviously there's the fact that Ziggler and Lana have no chemistry whatsoever. It's such a waste.
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