Among the more than twenty-two wrestlers fired by WWE on Thursday, Dolph Ziggler’s unexpected exit was the most shocking. Last Monday, Endeavor completed its acquisition of WWE, prompting this massive release event. Among the prominent releases was Ziggler, a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and a Money in the Bank winner.
The amazing struggle he had with John Cena at TLC 2012 was one of the highlights of his career. Cena and “The Rock” both expressed their views, praising the American Champion. They found this Ziggler’s release very unacceptable, especially since he was shaping up to be a strong candidate for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
The Rock, John Cena react Ziggler’s release
In light of the recent merger between the UFC and WWE, many fans, including several WWE megastars, have spoken out about the shocking number of wrestlers that have been cut off. Some wrestlers have gone public on social media with the news that they are officially leaving WWE. Dolph Ziggler is one of them but did not make any public statement till now about the cutoff.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared his thoughts on the new WWE releases on Twitter, posting a graphic highlighting Dolph Ziggler’s career, including the wrestler’s 1,554 main roster appearances, with all live events counted.
From 2004 through 2015, he was one of WWE’s most memorable and influential performers. In 2011, The Rock and the “Show-Off” appeared on WWE RAW together in a segment that also included many wrestlers, including John Cena and WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young.
The Cenation Leader also shared his respect on Twitter saying, “One thousand five hundred and fifty four matches”. Additionally, several WWE fans voiced their opinions on WWE’s surprising choice. Dolph, however, has not publicly responded to this post as of yet.
Dolph Ziggler’s WWE accolades
A charismatic WWE Superstar for 20 years, Dolph Ziggler had an incredible career. He won the WWE World Heavyweight Title twice, as well as the Intercontinental and United States Championships several times. Before adopting the name Dolph Ziggler in 2008, he began his career in WWE in 2004 as a part of the Spirit Squad.
In 2013, he became the World Heavyweight Champion after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract. Ziggler is one of the few WWE superstars to achieve the Triple Crown. Later, he and Robert Roode formed a successful tag team and captured the SmackDown Tag Team Titles before he moved to Raw. Ziggler made history when he unexpectedly won the NXT Championship by defeating Bron Breaker, completing a clean sweep of WWE brand championships.
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