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Dolph Ziggler has responded to reports of him departing WWE

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Dolph Ziggler has not been seen on Monday Night Raw since the brutal beating he took from Drew McIntyre in their New Years Eve match inside a Steel Cage.

We're not sure how many people actually noticed that he had quietly vanished, but it's come out this week that there may be a bigger reason for it happening.

PW Insider noted this week that Ziggler had turned down a new deal with the company - but not an in-ring deal.

WWE instead offered Ziggler the chance to become a backstage producer, which would mean constructing matches between superstars, and obviously the 'Show-Off' believes he has far more to offer between the ropes.

Now there is the real possibility he could jump ship to another promotion.

A Ziggler-less WWE seems unimaginable after the last ten years, but maybe he has ambitions outside of the business, and considering he's soon embarking on a stand-up comedy tour, that could be his priority for a while.

Ziggler hasn't directly addressed the reports about potentially leaving WWE, and to be fair, he doesn't have to say anything at all.

Dolph Ziggler has decided to try and troll WWE fans by presumably responding to rumours about his contract.

But what he is doing is deciding to play along with the fan queries and constant speculation about where he is heading next, and a simple three word tweet has got everyone talking again.

So you can't guarantee that he's definitely talking about his contract rumours but there's a very big chance that's the case.

Vince McMahon won't want to lose him to his new competitors All Elite Wrestling, but there's a huge chance that they could make a play for him, as Ziggler's worked with the likes of Cody and Chris Jericho before.

New Japan Pro Wrestling could also potentially headhunt Ziggler, that would be far less painful for Vince to take and would almost be a role-reversal after the WWE have taken the likes of AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura in recent years.

But Ziggler might swerve everyone and sign a new deal - everything is well-and-truly up in the air.

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