Dolph Ziggler also spoke with Jimmy Traina of SI.com (below the CM Punk interview) to hype WWE SummerSlam. The two talked a lot about comedy as Ziggler is a huge comedy fan and recently did his first stand-up bit a couple months ago. Below are some of the highlights:
On the funniest wrestler of all time:
"Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan was better than anyone else at making me laugh. He was sooo good. So damn good at this. He was 'The Brain' because he was so smart as a manager, as a commentator as a performer. He could do it all. He knew what to do, not just tell a couple of jokes. He was smart, and that is such a turn on to me as someone you look up to. His job was almost always to make other people look better than they were and he did it better than anyone else."
On putting comedy into his wrestling life:
"It’s the WWE, it’s Vince McMahon‘s show. He lays out what he wants from you. It’s not always going to be what I want. I want to be out there being myself. You want to entrain first and foremost. The more I get a chance to be on the microphone, the more I get to put in comedy into it. If everybody’s doing the same thing it’s boring. I appreciate that some people are told what to do. Some people like me, though, go out there and I’m writing and thinking and worrying about if i’m in this situation, how can i put my spin on it."
On his SummerSlam this Sunday:
My thoughts going in are that I love this week that we have in L.A. I’m gonna try to do some standup. There’s a buzz about being in L.A. I love it. Staples Center is gonna be sold out. Crowd is gonna be hot. We look forward to it. I’m looking forward to seeing C.M. Punk vs. Brock Lesnar. I would like to see Daniel Bryan beat John Cena, because no one seems to beat him.