Last night, Dolph Ziggler made his return to SmackDown Live with the promo you can watch above. He had been absent since being eliminated early in the Independence Day Battle Royal back on July 4th. Fightful was told by sources inside WWE that he asked for some time off. There was a rumor going around that when he came back, he was going to be "repackaged."
During an interview with Channel Guide Magazine, Dolph says he has no idea what those rumors are talking about.
“There is all this talk out there about me being repackaged. I don’t think I’m doing that.”
He says that he took some time away from the business of professional wrestling to pursue other interests, and he points out that he was only gone for about six weeks. Now he's back and he's ready to get back to work.
“It’s nice to take a little break and come back fresh. Not matter when or no matter what I’m doing, I think it will be nice. I’ve only missed a handful of weeks of work. After a while, you just want to step out. People talking is fine. People are talking about you, so that’s a great thing. Some people’s jobs are to speculate. So, I can understand that. I’m still excited to be in the ring.”
You can read the rest of the interview at this link.