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From the WWE Rumor Mill: Real reason Dolph Ziggler did not quit WWE after the Royal Rumble

Riju Dasgupta
5.69K   //    14 Feb 2018, 22:24 IST

What made Dolph Ziggler stay on with WWE?
What made Dolph Ziggler stay on with WWE?

What's the story?

WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler qualified for a Fatal 5-Way match in the main event of Fastlane, this week on SmackDown Live. He made a huge return to action, after 7 weeks on the sidelines, following a storyline walkout.

According to a rumour from the Locker Room Podcast, later reported by Cageside Seats, we found out that Dolph Ziggler was on the verge of actually walking out from WWE, after the Royal Rumble 2018 pay-per-view. It turns out that he was made an offer he couldn't refuse.

In case you didn't know...

There have been rumblings of Dolph Ziggler quitting WWE to pursue other avenues for a really long time now. It all began when Shinsuke Nakamura let it slip on Talking Smack that Ziggler may be on his way to Japan.

Ziggler staged a storyline walkout a few weeks ago as well, after winning the United States Championship. He made his return at the Royal Rumble match.

The heart of the matter

Believe it or not, the rumours indicate that Ziggler was actually on the verge of walking out from the world's largest wrestling promotion, shortly after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. However, the deal that was made to him, made him sign on for two years.

Ziggler is not just back, but he's very much in the thick of things now. Considering how much of an invaluable performer he is, we can only say that it's extremely good news for WWE.

What's next?

It will be interesting to see if Ziggler remains a heel, or becomes a babyface going forward. He definitely seemed to be the babyface in his match against Zayn this week. It's great to see him enter the main event picture again.

Author's take

I'm not very happy with how the Ziggler storyline actually played out. From a creative perspective, this plot just left me a tad underwhelmed.

At the same time, I am happy to see Ziggler remain with WWE, for the next two years.

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Riju Dasgupta
Riju Dasgupta is the bassist of heavy metal bands Albatross and Primitiv. He's also a former guest columnist for Rolling Stone India. His primary passion remains watching and reviewing the art of professional wrestling for Sportskeeda. In the world of heavy metal, he goes by the moniker- Dr. Hex.
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