WWE is a tricky place to operate in, and you never know when a release could be handed down. That being said, one WWE Superstar feared that his career was over after Batista beat him.

While speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Dolph Ziggler explained that he thought the quick match against Batista was a test to determine his ability to handle high-pressure situations. After all, Vince McMahon loves testing people.

Dolph Ziggler opened up about his anxiety leading up to his 2008 match against Batista. During the December 1st episode of WWE RAW, Ziggler lost to Batista in a quick three-minute match. In retrospect, The Show-Off revealed that he was certain it would be his last day in the company.

“I want to say I wrestle R-Truth as Dolph Ziggler. I shake a bunch of hands. And then I think I have like a double count-out or roll in and beat Truth. And then I’m not on TV for a month, month and a half, and then I come back and it’s against Batista and I go, ‘Oh, this is my last day at work.'”


Despite his initial fears, Dolph Ziggler pulled through the quick match, and he lost anyway. He also got to keep his job with WWE, and he is still on the roster to this day.

We’ll have to see what happens with Dolph Ziggler next. He hasn’t done much on the main roster since his trip down to NXT, where he was their champion for a short run Hopefully, he can have another run in the company, as Vince McMahon takes control of everything once again.

What’s your take on Dolph Ziggler’s long career in WWE? Are you surprised he wasn’t fired years ago? Sound off in the comments!

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