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‘WWE 2K16’ favorite Dolph Ziggler to show off in Miami with SmackDown at AmericanAirlines Arena

WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler at the ‘WWE 2K16’ event during SummerSlam Weekend in New York. He will be part of WWE’s Florida Tour, which visits Miami on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler at the ‘WWE 2K16’ event during SummerSlam Weekend in New York. He will be part of WWE’s Florida Tour, which visits Miami on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Photo By Nick Mayberry

Over time fans have watched Dolph Ziggler steal many shows with the incredible effort he puts into all his matches.

This is why he is not only one of the most popular superstars on the roster, but among the go-to characters to play in WWE video games.

Not one short on self-confidence, the athlete was impressed with how he has turned out in the upcoming “WWE 2K16,” the latest in the series out Oct. 27 domestically and Oct. 30 internationally.

“They make it so much more realistic, and I don’t know how,” Ziggler said. “They literally do like a hundred body scans of us. It blows my mind when I see myself. Some years I see myself with better abs, and it’s not because of me. It’s in the game. So that tells me to go do some cardio to make sure I’m doing this right. It’s mind-blowing when you look at this game and see how realistic it is.”

An exciting development recently in the WWE 2K series is the addition of NXT names. Ziggler couldn’t be more happy for his emerging co-workers making waves within the industry.

“NXT is exploding as a brand. It’s very in right now,” he said. “You want to be an NXT fan. They sold out Barclays Center for a show. How cool is that? I’m very happy for those guys. To have them in the game is amazing. They were a developmental system in WWE and breaking out into their own brand. Now they are in the video game. If that doesn’t make them hungry and want to steal my spot, nothing will. I welcome it. I’m looking forward to it. The more challenges the better. The game is great. NXT is doing great. It’s a lot of fun.”

When asked who he would want to face out of the current crop of talent coming out of Orlando, a certain fellow blonde comes to mind.

“I haven’t seen Tyler Breeze in a little while, but I was watching him,” Ziggler said. “He was on the road with us doing things here and there, doing some live events. He is a good kid. He is a nice guy. He works really hard, and I like the way he works. I would say Breeze. I like him.”

These days Ziggler has been feuding with Rusev and picked up an onscreen love interest in the process. The “Ravishing Russian” is the latest in a slew of women the chick magnet has had in his career. He is by no means complaining.

“If I was always doing my own thing, I would be bored out of my mind,” he said. “…You have to do something different or you are just the guy who goes out there and has a great match, but nobody cares. You have to have different layers to your character. With someone like Lana, who can add different layers, we have a story built in. We have a fake Lana. The possibilities are endless. The story is always giving me something to do and something else to sink my teeth into. Then take it to another level.”

The former world heavyweight champion has been on a rollercoaster ride during his tenure within WWE. No matter Ziggler’s place on the card, his passion for his profession remains. This played into the decision to stay with the company.

“My contract was coming up, and I was weighing a bunch of different option,” he said. “I had a lot of outside offers to do some other things. Instead I decided to settle on doing the thing I love the most and working for WWE. WWE has given me an out where any days off that I have they allow me to work on outside projects. So it’s a win-win for everybody. I don’t miss any work. I get to keep doing what I love. Just like when it’s SummerSlam week, but I’m going to a comedy club to perform and the next day going to a theater to sneak in a couple of minutes because I don’t sleep and want to be the best performer I can.”

The diverse entertainer is appreciative that his employer is supportive of his stand-up comedy. Maybe one day we get a WWE Network special featuring a Ziggler set? Until then the man billed from Hollywood, Florida is excited to return to Miami when SmackDown comes through the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

“The first thing I think of is just on South Beach walking around,” he said. “Not even partying because I’m too tired after work, but just walking around the streets after an awesome show. It’s a tiny window to relax and enjoy myself. I always have a great time. I’m really looking forward to it.”

- “WWE 2K16” is available Oct. 27 domestically and Oct. 30 internationally.

- Follow the video game updates at @WWEGames

- Follow Dolph Ziggler on Twitter @HeelZiggler

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WWE Sunshine State Tour

Get your popcorn and your tickets.

WWE will be in Florida in late August and early September, and some events offer VIP meet-n-greet packages.

Here we go.

Just five days after SummerSlam, WWE visits the Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., on Friday, Aug. 28 in Estero/Fort Myers. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for this house show (no TV).

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WWE continues its Florida swing on Saturday, Aug. 29 for a house show at the Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., #200, in Orlando. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

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WWE travels to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St., at Florida State University on Sunday, Aug. 30 in Tallahassee. Bell time is 5 p.m.

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WWE will also be at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., on Sunday, Aug. 30 in Daytona Beach. Bell time is 7 p.m.

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WWE Raw is at the Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., on Monday, Aug. 31 in Tampa. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. with the live television show beginning at 8 p.m. on USA Network.

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WWE SmackDown is at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, on Tuesday, Sept. 1 in Miami. Bell time is 7 p.m. The taped SmackDown will be broadcast 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 on Syfy.

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