U.S. champ talks Spirit Squad, steroids, more
Jul 7, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
Reported by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
Metro.co.uk is featuring an interview with WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler where he talks about being part of The Spirit Squad early in his career with WWE and trying to overcome the perception that all wrestlers are on steroids.
On being part of The Spirit Squad:
“I was in the Spirit Squad, which was a group of guys with a cheerleading theme. I told myself no matter what the persona is, get your foot in the door and run with it. e got beat up sometimes and sometimes we came out on top. Cheerleaders don’t have a good rep as tough guys but we were as entertaining as possible. We got in the ring with some of the greatest – Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Roddy Piper – which only helped.”
On overcoming the perception that all wrestlers on are steroids:
“It is because we’ve gone from the big burly guys who eat hotdogs and live a rough lifestyle to wrestlers who are all health nuts and work out every day. We’re constantly tested and there are measures to make sure we’re all safe and healthy. I hope that perception changes because we’re highly tuned athletes.”