Dolph Ziggler recently took part in an audio interview with Brian Soscia. During the interview, Ziggler discussed his career in depth, from his time as Chavo Guerrero‘s caddy to Nicky in the Spirit Squad. In the following excerpt, Ziggler explains the origin of the name “Dolph Ziggler”:
“It was a little bit of a combination of the boss and myself trying to think of something that stuck, would stand out and be totally different. And I could make my own waves with it, getting away from The Spirit Squad, getting away from being a caddy. Something totally different and now I can make my own waves in this business.
Ziggler also discussed the period in 2011 when he debuted a new short brown hairstyle:
“You know, at the time, I was in a little bit of a rut. The whole reason I have long, blond hair is to stand out and be myself. I love being different. If everybody else had long, blond hair, I would have short black hair right now. But, they don’t, so, I like standing out. I like having my matches be different. I like me moving around the ring differently. And for some reason, I was in a rut and I thought, ‘Man, you know, I’m not progressing like I want. Why is that?’ And I notice all these guys that seem to be going in the right direction have these clean cut, everybody-looks-the-same hair cut. Maybe me standing out isn’t so great for my career right now.
“So, I gave it a try. It didn’t work out. And I said, ‘Listen. I don’t like pretending to be something I’m not. I need to be this show-off guy who stands out, who goes out there and just steal the show. Let everybody else look cookie-cutter. I’m going to look different.’”
The interview is embedded below: