Have you heard Nic Nemeth (aka former WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler's) surprising revelation about his WWE exit? While many fans were surprised by the WWE releasing Dolph, it turns out it wasn't a big surprise for him. In fact, he asked for it to happen.
"The Master of the Zig Zag" recently revealed what happened prior to his WWE exit, explaining on Busted Open Radio that:
"It wasn't out of the blue. I had sent emails to the boss over the last few months saying, 'I have to move on to somewhere else, can you let me do this?' Eventually, without exact back and forth, that's how it worked out. It wasn't weird because it was so six, eight, ten months in place going, 'Here it comes.' Now, I have 90 days sitting around, which broke my heart, but I just got extra workouts"
Fans wondered where Nemeth would show up in wrestling, with fans theorizing Nic heading to TNA, AEW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, or even stepping away from wrestling.
Things played out with Nemeth announcing his first match would be in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council on 20 January at its Euphoria show. Nemeth will lock up with legendary WWC wrestler Ray Gonzalez.
Nic also showed up at Wrestle Kingdom 18 last week, brawling with newly-crowned IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion David Finlay. Nemeth, who is now expected to compete in New Japan in some capacity told Busted Open Radio:
"I was thinking about that for a long time, going different places for the last few years, especially focusing on, 'Hey, what do I want to do for the next move here?' That's been for a few years, working on a plan. I go, first and foremost, I've heard so many different things from Ambrose and all these different guys about how you need to see what this locker room is like. You need to see what it feels like to be there. I go, man, can I adapt to this? I feel like I can adapt to anything."
Nemeth said he looked into things to get a feel for the atmosphere in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He was also wary about how he would be received in New Japan:
"I brought my brother with me. I didn't know people. I didn't know, like, 'Am I welcome in this locker room? Am I a scumbag to these guys? Am I someone who's, Okay, can I earn my way into this locker room? What's the situation?' It was so weird, but fun, because you see a couple of faces and you go, 'Oh, okay', and you feel like, 'I'm kind of at home. I'm not accepted yet. How can I get accepted? What can I do to prove that I want to be here, not for myself, but to help to make the show better, to make the company better, to make more eyes come on. Can I help out?' and you really start to think that you can."
It sounds like the Wrestle Kingdom show impressed Nemeth:
"I really got to watch closely, a lot of that entire card, and some of it from the front row which was really fun and just watching it in person. I go, 'Okay, this is different. This is special. I can go with this. I can do something with this guy. This guy here, I can really see this aspect of me going here and maybe making things happen. Since I was a surprise, I didn't get a chance to walk around in the arena a couple hours before and go, 'Whoa, this is a big F'ing deal. I was hidden in the back and when my brother and I walked out, I went, 'Oh my God. This is not just another level. This is big. This is huge. I got little shivers down the back of my neck and I went, 'Man, this can be something so special. I'm gonna do what I can to make that happen."
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With a WWE career dating back to 2004, Ziggler has racked up many achievements and earned a reputation as one of wrestling's best workers. Although Ziggler's WWE career dipped after his two World Heavyweight Championship runs, he could always be counted on to deliver a fantastic match. Many Ziggler fans were disappointed that the WWE stopped pushing him at a top level. However, Ziggler never let this get in the way of delivering consistently strong performances.
There is also the possibility of Ziggler working in AEW. Given AEW and New Japan's good working relationship, Ziggler working in AEW in some capacity seems likely.
Are you surprised that Ziggler asked for his release? Where would you like to see Dolph Ziggler wrestle next?
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