58 Facts About Dolph Ziggler


Dolph Ziggler is currently signed with WWE, where he performs under the ring name Dolph Ziggler.


Dolph Ziggler was promoted to WWE's Raw brand shortly afterwards in 2005, playing the caddie sidekick to Kerwin White.


Dolph Ziggler was sent back to OVW shortly afterwards, being given the name Nicky and joining the cheerleading-themed Spirit Squad, who debuted on RAW in January 2006 and won the World Tag Team Championship once before returning to OVW that November.


Dolph Ziggler has been a fan of professional wrestling since he was five years old, when he attended a wrestling event at the Richfield Coliseum, and he decided to become a professional wrestler at age 12.


Dolph Ziggler later revealed on Colt Cabana's Art of Wrestling Podcast that he chose his WWE name "Dolph" because that was his great-grandfather's name, and his friend suggested the surname "Ziggler".


Dolph Ziggler was a collegiate wrestler at Kent State University, eventually setting what was then the record for most career wins in the team's history.


Dolph Ziggler's record was passed in 2006; as of 2010, he stands second all-time in career victories at Kent State.


Dolph Ziggler had 121 career wins between 2000 and 2003.


Dolph Ziggler majored in political science with a pre-law minor.


Dolph Ziggler was assigned to their developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling, debuting as "Nick Nemeth".


Dolph Ziggler feuded with Paul Burchill and challenged unsuccessfully for the OVW Television Championship, losing a championship match against then-champion Ken Doane on August 12,2005.


Dolph Ziggler was made the enforcer and sidekick for Chavo Guerrero Jr.


Dolph Ziggler's wrestling debut came on an episode of Sunday Night Heat, teaming up with White in a tag team match against Shelton Benjamin and Matt Striker.


Dolph Ziggler would compete in the Royal Rumble match at the eponymous event on January 25,2009, in which he was eliminated by Kane after 21 seconds.


Dolph Ziggler then started a rivalry with The Great Khali, losing to him by disqualification after attacking Khali with a steel chair.


Dolph Ziggler then entered an on-screen relationship with WWE Diva Maria and she became his valet.


Dolph Ziggler successfully retained the Intercontinental Championship at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs on December 19 in a three-way ladder match against Kingston and Jack Swagger, but lost the title to Kingston at SmackDown on January 4,2011, ending his reign at 160 days.


That same night, Dolph Ziggler won a four-way match against Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre and Big Show to become the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship.


Long gave Edge a rematch against Dolph Ziggler, who lost the championship back to Edge and was then fired by Long.


At the Royal Rumble on January 29,2012, Dolph Ziggler failed to capture the WWE Championship from CM Punk.


Two days later at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Dolph Ziggler won the Money in the Bank ladder match to guarantee him the opportunity to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at a time of his choosing within the next year.


Later that night, Dolph Ziggler attempted to cash in the briefcase on Sheamus after Alberto Del Rio attacked him after their match, but Del Rio stopped Dolph Ziggler from cashing in.


The night after SummerSlam, Dolph Ziggler defeated Jericho in a rematch; as a result Dolph Ziggler retained his Money in the Bank contract and Jericho's WWE contract was terminated.


Dolph Ziggler then began feuding with John Cena after he sided with Vickie Guerrero to help defame Cena and AJ Lee by alleging they had a romantic relationship.


Dolph Ziggler then attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Big Show after Show was assaulted by Sheamus, but he was attacked by Cena before the match could start.


Dolph Ziggler ended his feud with Cena after losing to him on the January 7,2013, episode of Raw, in a singles match and in steel cage match the following week, despite outside interference from AJ and Langston in both matches.


Six days later at the Royal Rumble, Dolph Ziggler entered at number one, eliminating Chris Jericho and The Godfather and lasted nearly fifty minutes before being eliminated by Sheamus.


At the Royal Rumble on January 26,2014, Dolph Ziggler entered the Royal Rumble match, but was eliminated by Roman Reigns.


The next night on Raw, Dolph Ziggler successfully retained his title against Miz, after he was counted out.


Dolph Ziggler contributed to Rusev being counted out, then after all his teammates were eliminated, he pinned Kane and Luke Harper.


Triple H twice prevented Dolph Ziggler from pinning final opponent Seth Rollins, but the debuting Sting provided an assist to help Dolph Ziggler win the match, thus ousting the Authority from power.


Dolph Ziggler returned to television on the next SmackDown and qualified for the Royal Rumble match by beating Barrett in a non-title match.


Dolph Ziggler used to get a great pop coming out, but now the fans are conditioned to know that he's gone as far as he'll ever go, so they sit on their hands when his music hits now.


Dolph Ziggler entered a tournament for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship, defeating The Miz in the first round match before being eliminated by Dean Ambrose.


In that match, Dolph Ziggler intentionally got himself disqualified when he kicked Corbin in the groin immediately after the match began.


On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Dolph Ziggler was drafted to SmackDown.


Dolph Ziggler won the match, but was attacked afterwards by Wyatt and Erick Rowan, who laid out Dean Ambrose when he attempted to save Dolph Ziggler.


Dolph Ziggler later started mocking, week after week, the entrances of current and former wrestlers such as John Cena, Naomi, Shawn Michaels and Randy Savage.


Dolph Ziggler believed that fans only cared about elaborated entrances, and not about the in-ring performances, where he claimed he was the best.


On January 26,2020, at the Royal Rumble, Dolph Ziggler entered the Royal Rumble match at number 19, but was eliminated by Reigns.


On that night, Dolph Ziggler issued a challenge to WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, which McIntyre accepted for The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.


At the Royal Rumble on January 31,2021, Dolph Ziggler entered the Royal Rumble match at No 6, eliminating Jeff Hardy but was eliminated by Kane.


At Survivor Series on November 21, Dolph Ziggler participated in a 25-man dual-branded battle royal to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Rock's debut at the 1996 Survivor Series, eliminating Mansoor before he was eliminated by AJ Styles.


Dolph Ziggler competed in the Royal Rumble on January 29,2022, entering at No 16 but was eliminated by Bad Bunny and Rey Mysterio.


At the 2023 WWE Draft, it was announced that Dolph Ziggler was one of the selected superstars whom had signed a free agent contract which in turn allows him to appear on both Raw and SmackDown as an active roster member whenever he desired.


Dolph Ziggler is noted for his "elite" ability to sell for his opponents.


Dolph Ziggler would continue this gimmick alongside Brad Allen and Gavin Spears, with whom he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship once each.


In September 2017, Dolph Ziggler would begin a new short-lived gimmick where he would come out to the entrance themes and dress as other popular wrestlers and legends to irritate the crowd.


Dolph Ziggler decided to start performing comedy around the year 2010.


Dolph Ziggler performed stand-up comedy for the first time in a small Los Angeles venue in 2013, and began getting offers to perform at various comedy clubs nearby WWE events.


Dolph Ziggler began hosting a monthly improv comedy show called Flying Chuck alongside fellow professional wrestlers John Morrison and his brother Ryan Nemeth.


Dolph Ziggler took a break from WWE television to focus on the tour.


Dolph Ziggler appeared on the November 3,2009, episode of Deal or No Deal with Maria Kanellis and Eve Torres.


Dolph Ziggler appeared on Lopez Tonight on August 9,2010.


Dolph Ziggler is a playable character in the video games WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2010, WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2011, WWE '12, WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16, WWE 2K17, WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19, WWE 2K20, WWE 2K22, and WWE 2K23.


Dolph Ziggler is an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns.


Dolph Ziggler's younger brother Ryan is a professional wrestler, currently signed to AEW, who previously worked with WWE in NXT under the ring name Briley Pierce.


Dolph Ziggler previously dated comedian Amy Schumer, who split up with him because she considered him "too athletic" in bed.