Ziggler on working heel, sports entertainment, and wrestling being labeled “fake”

Feb 24, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck

smh.com.au posted an interview with WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler. Here are a few highlights:

Q. Are there times when you wish you were a ”face” [wrestling slang for hero], rather than a ”heel” [villain]?

Ziggler: Never. Too many people, even if they say ”I hate everyone”, get cheered and slowly start to want to be a good guy. I would love to make my entire career as the guy who did not get cheered. Of course, I’m still going to get cheered by people who think they’re smart, and that’s fine – they’re acknowledging how good I am at my job – but I don’t want cheers; I want the boos. I love it.

Q. Does it irk you when people use the term ”fake”?

Ziggler: I usually have a much snappier comeback for them: ”Oh, you’re an accountant. Is that fake?” At the end of the day, you’re doing your job, and I’m really good at what I do. Whatever you do, take pride in it and be great at it. I pride myself on blending that line, in this day and age, of reality TV mixed with stunt work and techniques to keep [the audience] entertained. With 9000 channels and YouTube and Google, you’ve got to keep their attention.

Q. Vince McMahon [the chief executive of the WWE] has labelled it ”sports-entertainment”. What, to you, compels viewers to return week after week?

Ziggler: One way or another, whether it’s the storylines or the characters or the girls, there’s something for everyone. There are [wrestlers] that so many kids can look up to: if they’re being bullied at school, they can relate to him … they’re people who never give up. There are 50 or 60 superstars on the main roster who people can somehow relate to, and that’s why people keep coming back.

(thanks to Mike Informer for the link)

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