Dolph Ziggler is the current NXT Champion, which surprised many fans when won the belt from Bron Breakker earlier this month. This current run from Ziggler is refreshing to see for many fans as his time on the main roster left a lot to be desired for fans that want to see him in a prominent role.
Ziggler, speaking on WWE After the Bell, discussed a number of topics including his decision to go to NXT after feeling ‘stale’ and winning the NXT Title to the surprise of many.
“Everyone is asking, ‘How do you feel about being surprised?’ Surprised? I came here to scout talent and two weeks later I’m the NXT Champion. That wasn’t in the cards, that wasn’t even a thought process. I’m constantly working, I’m never out sick, but I felt stale.
Roode and I are really good at what we do and it didn’t seem like we were doing anything that important right now, and it’s ‘What have you done for me lately?’ At the moment we’re not crushing it. It didn’t seem like we were going to have a match on WrestleMania unless we made something happen. We saw an opening and said ‘Let’s try this out, let’s go see NXT.’ Half the time, anybody who shows up from NXT, their first match is with me anyway. Especially Roode, he even had a match with me. Now, I’m going to cut out the middle man and go to NXT and start wrestling there.
I really came to scout talent, see if a few people had some up and coming things that I could possibly work with that aligned, and got thrown right into the mix. It’s crazy. It’s so funny, if you’re surprised I’m NXT Champion, normally if you’re surprised I’m United States Champion or World Champion, I’m not, I’m blown away!”– Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler then went on to talk about sharing a ring with the son of Rick Steiner, Bron Breakker.
“I did not plan on this. I’m very happy to be in this moment with Breakker, who has 20 matches under his belt but can somehow go. He has this insane speed and power that… I’ve been speared by Goldberg and I’m like, ‘This guy, you gotta be kidding me,’ and has knocked the wind out of me and put me down. This kid hits harder. That spear put me down. I was happy to kick out and keep moving, but I go, ‘Holy Crap.’ He has that, in that prime of his career, linebacker closing speed for every movement. When he figures out how to hone that in a year or two or three, he’s going to be someone who is kind of unstoppable.”Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler will be defending his NXT Title belt against Breakker Saturday April 2nd at NXT Stand & Deliver.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription