The upcoming WWE 2K14’s lineup will have the legends of yesterday and the hottest superstars of today.
When naming some of the company’s brightest young talent, Dolph Ziggler has to be among those at the top of the list.
The man billed from Hollywood, Florida is excited about the latest WWE video game “30 Years of WrestleMania,” released in North America on Oct. 29.
“The ability to have these matches that you could never have in real life is so cool,” Ziggler said. “Speaking of real life, this game looks so real it’s unreal. I’ve seen myself in a game before, and thought, ‘It’s cool. It’s kind of like me.’ This game had the cuts in my T-shirt on the side and the little wiggle when I walk out. It’s unreal. If you are looking far enough away, it looks like you are watching Monday Night Raw. So that is how cool this game is and how realistic it is.”
Ziggler likes the “30 Years of WrestleMania” single-player mode because it can create dream matches he would have loved to wrestle.
“The fact that I can get in there with a guy who may be retired like Ric Flair or someone like Shawn [Michaels], and we could go toe-to-toe is pretty awesome,” Ziggler said. “People who aren’t even with us anymore, legends like Macho Man [Randy Savage], who I never got to step in the ring with. There is a chance to do that, which brings all the ages together.”
Prior to getting signed by the company, the Ohio native excelled in collegiate wrestling and academics at Kent State University. During his collegiate career, he set the school record for most career wins. However, the lifelong WWE fan wanted to make it in sports entertainment and become a superstar like the ones he idolized on television. He did just that, with his first appearance in a WWE video game, adding to a dream come true.
“I was like, ‘Wow, am I that shredded?’” Ziggler smiled, describing the first time he saw himself in video game form.
“There are a few milestones you get: Getting hired by WWE, making it to the main roster, getting an action figure, being in the video game and main eventing WrestleMania. That’s one of those crazy goals that even though I wanted to do this and knew I was going to do this, you don’t know if it will ever happen.
“Every time someone goes, ‘Hey, we should make this action figure.’ Holy cow, this is me. I didn’t make this in some basement and paid some guy. This is real. To have that is unreal.”
Ziggler’s rollercoaster through WWE has been well-documented. From being a part of the Spirit Squad to a caddy for Kerwin White [Chavo Guerrero Jr.] to winning a Money in the Bank match and becoming world champion, the “Show-off” no doubt had ups and downs. However, Ziggler uses the low points and pitfalls as motivation to be the best and ready himself for his next big time to shine.
“If I came to WWE, and they said, ‘We are going to make you our franchise guy. We are going to make you a 10-time champion when you walk in the door.’ I would have been like, ‘Holy cow!’ The ride so far, to know that I have scratched and clawed for every inch that I’ve gotten and then some, and then kicked down the staircase for sometimes no reason, it makes that chip on my shoulder that much bigger.