Heading into the No Mercy pay-per-view, Dolph Ziggler had a couple of backup plans in place if it meant it was going to be his final match in WWE.
Ziggler, who defeated The Miz in a career vs. title match for the Intercontinental Championship earlier this month, discussed his potential future during an interview with Sky Sports.
"I’d been in talks with an agent for about a year and told him to have a couple of things ready after the date after the No Mercy pay-per-view just so I had my bases covered," Ziggler said. "But while I was prepared to go, I sure as hell never wanted to go. WWE is a business but [WWE chairman] Vince McMahon is a human being and if I went to him and said I need to leave because I can’t go higher on the card, I believe he would understand and let me go. I could go and do other things, too – I am fortunate that I have a stand-up career, while I have also gone on Fox News to talk politics, something I study, write about and have lots of ideas about. But I am still prepared to be the best WWE Superstar I can be and I want to keep doing this.”
Ziggler has been a major part of Smackdown since the WWE roster split took place this summer. He faced Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Summerslam before entering his current, ongoing rivalry with The Miz.
Ziggler currently is in his fifth reign as IC champion. He's also been a two-time World Heavyweight Champion in WWE.