As we’ve previously noted, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler was recently interviewed on former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia’s podcast, Chasing Glory. During their conversation, Ziggler’s run as a member of The Spirit Squad came up.
Ziggler noted that just before getting the call up to the main roster, and eventually being made part of the plans for The Spirit Squad, he was pitched an idea of being the protegee of Kurt Angle thanks to his amateur wrestling background:
“A little before I got called up to do the Spirit Squad I was told by the in-between when you’re hearing you’re gonna get called up to WWE, the main roster. They were like, ‘hey they really like that you have an amateur wrestling background’ and I had my crew cut, my military haircut.
“They go, ‘it’s great that you have no tattoos, we’re kinda looking at you as Kurt Angle’s protegee or something.’ If Kurt Angle hadn’t won that gold medal and came to WWE I might not have even got a chance. But because he was so good and he did so well when he got here they’re like, ‘maybe we can give some smaller guys a try and because of him I got a chance to work here.
“And they go, hey maybe we consider you as his protegee and I go, ‘what? This is the craziest thing ever!’ Cut to four weeks later and I’m a cheerleader with four other guys, but still the thought was there that maybe that was gonna happen.”
You can listen to Ziggler on Chasing Glory by clicking this link here.
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions