The Carroll County Times out of Maryland has a new Q&A online with Dolph Ziggler. Below is an excerpt:
Q: First of all, let’s talk about you coming back from your recent concussion. Was this the first one you had suffered?
A: Yeah, I mean, I think I had one other one in college, but nothing this bad ever, in my life.
Q: Can you describe what you remember about getting it and the days and weeks after getting it?
A: Yeah, sure. I had a bad headache for a solid two weeks afterwards. I was diagnosed with retrograde amnesia which meant I ended up losing a day and a half, two days of my memory instantly, even though when the incident happened, there was like five more minutes of match that I went through and actually executed very well.
Q: For you personally, was that frustrating for you, not being able to compete, having just won the World Championship?
A: Yes. I can’t imagine anything in my career that’s been any worse than that. I was lucky enough to cash in my Money in the Bank, become World Heavyweight Champion, at this amazing “Monday Night Raw” with this crowd that was electric and I don’t know that we can ever reproduce again, and to have one week of some TVs go back, have a concussion, be out five weeks, have one title defense and lose it, I’ve never been more frustrated in my entire WWE career when that happened.
Q: Talk about working with AJ and Big E Langston. Do you guys travel together?
A: Yeah, we do, not even all the time, but some of the time the three of us do travel together, and it’s been kind of cool because AJ’s another one who, as a child, wanted to do this — like when I was five, I wanted to do this and I’m doing it now — I think when she was 8 or 10, she decided she wanted to do it and she’s doing it. So that’s brought us together. The two of us, maybe outside of work, never would’ve bumped into each other or said a word.
Q: So you haven’t been wrestling on TV the past few weeks. Can fans in Maryland expect to see you back competing in the ring July 6 in Ocean City and July 8 in Baltimore for Raw?
A: I would say so. Going along with what happened to me at the Payback pay-per-view, so of course I haven’t been in too many matches lately, but the thing is, for the last four years, I’ve been in 30 minute matches two and three times a week on TV. So I mean, I have a blast doing them, the crowd loves seeing them, but maybe this is a blessing in disguise, it’s a nice little break so you don’t see me in one of those matches I have every single night, it gives a little break and by the time we get to Ocean City and Baltimore, then it should be back in business, back to the old me, stealing the show, going out there begging for people to out-do my match.
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.