Dolph Ziggler Says He Felt Stale Before NXT Run, Praises Bron Breakker

Dolph Ziggler added to his resume at NXT Roadblock when he became the NXT Champion by defeating Bron Breakker and Tommaso Ciampa in a triple threat match.

Ziggler was regularly teaming with Robert Roode on WWE Raw before deciding to head to NXT to scout talent.

Brody King Declines Darby's Handshake, Billy Gunn Refuses To Scissor Anthony Bowens | AEW Fight Size

Speaking on WWE After The Bell, Ziggler discussed his decision to go to NXT, leading to his title win.

"Everyone is asking, 'how do you feel about being surprised?' Surprised? I came here to scout talent and two weeks later, I'm the NXT Champion. That wasn't in the cards, that wasn't even a thought process. I'm constantly working, I'm never out sick, but I felt stale. Roode and I are really good at what we do and it didn't seem like we were doing anything that important right now and it's 'what have you done for me lately?' At the moment, we're not crushing it. It didn't seem like we were going to have a match on WrestleMania unless we made something happen. We saw an opening and said, 'Let's try this out, let's go see NXT.' Half the time, anybody who shows up from NXT, their first match is with me anyway. Especially Roode, he even had a match with me. Now, I'm going to cut out the middle man and go to NXT and start wrestling there. I really came to scout talent, see if a few people had some up and coming things that I could possibly work with that aligned, and got thrown right into the mix. It's crazy. It's so funny, if you're surprised that I'm NXT Champion, normally if you're surprised I'm United States Champion or World Champion, I'm not, I'm blown away," he said.

Speaking on being in the ring with Breakker and getting his by Rick Steiner's son, Ziggler said, "I did not plan on this. I'm very happy to be in this moment with Breakker, who has 20 matches under his belt, but somehow can go. He has this insane speed and power that...I've been speared by Goldberg and I'm like, 'This guy, you kidding me,' and has knocked the wind out of me and put me down. This kid hits harder. That spear put me down. I was happy to kickout and keep moving, but I go, 'Holy Crap.' He has that, in that prime of his career, linebacker closing speed for every movement. When he figures out how to hone that in a year or two or three, he's going to be someone who is kind of unstoppable."

Ziggler is set to defend his NXT Championship against Breakker at NXT Stand & Deliver on Saturday, April 2. Fans can check out the current lineup for the show by clicking here.

Elsewhere during the interview, Ziggler discussed his idea for taking the Steiner Screwdriver at the event. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

If you use any of the quotes above, please credit the original source with a h/t and link back to Fightful for the transcription.

Get exclusive pro wrestling content on Fightful Select, our premium news service! Click here to learn more.
From The Web