Dolph Ziggler is set to challenge Drew McIntyre in a non-title bout on WWE Raw. Though Ziggler lost to McIntyre at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Ziggler was granted a rematch with McIntyre getting to pick the stipulation.
Ziggler has a history of facing the champion and always losing, but he believes it's an endearing quality as he goes to the ring to steal the show.
"I also very much do embrace that guy who is one win and 99 losses this year, coming off of a loss to Otis, shows up and is fighting for a title. I go, 'Man, this doesn't make sense to me, but I'm going to make you believe one way or another,'" Ziggler told Bleacher Report. "I have 10-year-old kids telling me on social media, 'We know you're not winning this match.' You go, 'You know what, there's a reason I'm here. There's a reason I do this. There's a reason I get put in these positions.' It's because somehow, good or bad, I can make you believe and possibly this could be the time or day where lightning strikes and it happens. I feel like I've made an entire career out of that. Sometimes it gets a little taxing when you have the entire world telling you your Vegas odds are 10 million to one that you're going to win this match and you go, 'OK, I'm going to make this match awesome.'"
He finished by saying, "Even the biggest haters of myself or my position came away from the match we had at Extreme Rules saying, 'Damn, that was badass.' I say to myself, 'I need to step it up and make it happen again.'"
Elsewhere during the interview, Ziggler responded to The Rock, who endorsed him for WWE Champion ahead of his Extreme Rules match against McIntyre.
"I don't see how it couldn't [resonate with you]," he said. "He's the biggest star in the world, no matter what he does and no matter how you see him. The cool thing was I've seen him as someone who's studying wrestling when he was wrestling and I go, 'This guy makes moves here, he does things here, he captures everyone's eye no matter what whenever he can.' He could be a famous movie star right now and say he was bad at wrestling at some point. I'd think, 'Well, it's cool he's a big star and sees something in me. But, you know what, I don't think he knows what the hell he's talking about wrestling-wise.' But that is not the case. He knows what it takes. He knows how to be great. He's The Great One."
The bout between Ziggler and McIntyre was originally announced as a WWE Title match, but has since been changed to a non-title match.
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