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3 Gimmicks That Saved Wrestlers' Career

Harsh Agrawal
ANALYST
Modified 10 May 2019
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#2 Nick Nemeth - Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler

If there is one gimmick that is never going to main event WrestleMania, it's that of a male cheerleader. Nick Nemeth, popularly known as Dolph Ziggler made his wrestling debut as part of the Spirit Squad on Raw in 2006. The group consisted of the OVW top stars Ken Doane, Nick Nemeth, Nick Mitchell, Johnny Jeter, and Mike Mondo. It was doomed to fail from the start as it was not seen more than a comedy segment. But, the faction was surprisingly booked well initially as they became an integral part of Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels' storyline after WrestleMania 22 and held the tag team titles for around eight months. 

Nevertheless, the structure started falling when the group entered into a rivalry with recently reunited DX. After losing a match against them and Ric Flair, all five members of the Spirit Squad were literally shipped back to the OVW in a crate. They were written off TV for good. All of them came back with different gimmicks but were ineffective and left the company in a year, except Nick Nemeth.

He came back to WWE as Dolph Ziggler after few months to enjoy lots of success in the mid-card and main event scenes. The gimmick gave him the chance to repackage himself as a heel and he is still wrestling with the same ring name with positive results. As Dolph Ziggler, he became a 2x World Champion, 2x United States Champion, 6x Intercontinental Champion, 2012's Money in the Bank winner and 22nd Triple Crown Champion. He has become one of the company's top asset and is regarded as one of the best in-ring workers at the moment.

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Published 10 May 2019
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