Dolph Ziggler On What It’s Like Mentoring Younger Talent

Dolph Ziggler celebrates winning World Heavyweight Championship

Dolph Ziggler has embraced being a useful source of help in WWE.

Dolph Ziggler has spent his entire 18-year wrestling career in WWE. He has won multiple singles and tag titles in WWE and has been in many important matches over the years. But now, the 42-year old Ziggler has acknowledged that his time in the spotlight may be ending and that he can contribute to WWE in other ways, such as advising younger talent.

It’s that notion, that he can parse on useful tidbits of wisdom, that seems to give Ziggler the most satisfaction these days. In an interview with Andy Hall of KAZR-FM in Des Moines, Iowa, Dolph Ziggler explained how he’s embracing the role of a mentor.

“Oh, of course!” Ziggler replied. “And my favorite thing is if someone goes, ‘Oh, he’s an old vet’ or whatever, I go, ‘Well, yeah, I can help people out backstage. I’m good at my job, and I’m comfortable enough knowing how good I am that I CAN help.’

But I also go, ‘I’m not JUST here to help.’ I also have this ego and this talent, that I go, ‘Dammit, I want to steal the show every night, no matter where I am or if I’m on the card or not!’ So I embrace that, because I love the business, and have one damn goal.

It’s not titles. It’s not a certain match, person – whatever. It’s to have this business be better because I was involved in it, and [that] when I leave, it’s better because I was a part of it. That’s the important part.”

h/t WrestlingInc for the transcription