WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler was a guest on today’s edition of The Bump where the former world champion reflected on his main event feud with John Cena back in 2012, and reveals what his first impressions were of Big E during that time. Highlights from Ziggler’s appearance is below.
Getting to work a main event angle with John Cena back in 2012:
“It was amazing. Whoever doesn’t like beating up John Cena is a liar because it’s one of the greatest things you could ever do. This match in particular, normally I’m a guy who sometimes is snubbed like I was for the RK-Bro tournament, but in this day and age when John Cena is one of the biggest stars, not just in wrestling, but in the entire world and you get to be across from him in the ring in the main event of a PPV with my contract and briefcase already on the line, so I’m giving it everything here. When you have someone who’s at the top of their game and you’re across from them and you’re someone who doesn’t always win and gets snubbed and is just fighting to be there and I believe it was in the North-East, maybe New York, 99% of that crowd cheering for me because they hate John Cena as much as I hate him, it was so fun punching his face in. I believe he hits a hurricanrana in that match which is pretty amazing.”
His first initial impression of Big E:
“I feel like I’m someone who’s been around the business enough to where you can see someone that first day and you can see their movements, you can see how they think, how they act and even then if the timing isn’t right, if there’s an injury, if something happens that just doesn’t click perfectly, even if you’re knocking it out of the park, do you know how hard it is to become World Champion in this business no matter how good you are? It’s hard to do even for the best of the best so when I first saw him I went, ‘Alright, this guy looks like he’s in the zone, he wants — I’ve seen him work out. I knew he was breaking records lifting weights. He’s gonna stand here and watch my back and then he gets to learn from one of the best going and then hopefully he applies that and then he becomes great down the line.’ He was great from the moment he stepped in as a hard-working kid and now as the flagship guy on this brand.”
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)