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Nick Nemeth, known as Dolph Ziggler in WWE, might just be the perfect Superstar, at least that's what he wants you to believe. Blessed with amazing athleticism and an unmatched arrogance, the Cleveland, Ohio native isn't afraid to show off his superiority in and out of the ring.

Nemeth made his much anticipated return to the WWE main roster on September 15, 2008 after spending nearly two years in the sports-entertainment organization's developmental program following the disbandment of the Spirit Squad on the November 27, 2006 episode of Raw. During his time in developmental, which included stints in Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling, Ziggler competed in numerous non-televised WWE matches. (Continue Reading ») (Dolph Ziggler Seen As A Loose Cannon Behind The Scenes »)

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In September 2008, under the guise of Dolph Ziggler, he began introducing himself to wrestlers in backstage segments on Raw. However, before he could wrestle a match on television, Ziggler was suspended for 30 days on October 10, 2008 as a result of his first violation of the company's drug testing policy.

Ziggler returned to Raw on November 17, 2008 in a backstage segment with Rey Mysterio and Shawn Michaels. After two and half months on the Raw roster, Nemeth made his wrestling debut under the Ziggler name in a match with Batista on December 1, 2008. While Ziggler lost the match, he managed to get in a great deal of offense on the four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Ziggler picked up his first victory on Raw the following week via countout, against R-Truth. On December 15, 2009, he picked up his first televised pinfall victory as Ziggler, beating Charlie Haas.

In the 2009 WWE Supplemental Draft, the cocky Superstar found himself wearing a new blue hue as he was transferred to SmackDown. He took great steps toward solidifying his cocky claims when he defeated Kofi Kingston for the WWE Intercontinental Championship on the August 6, 2010 episode of WWE SmackDown. Over the course of the next five months, he turned back all comers, including Jack Swagger, Kaval and MVP.

In February 2011, Ziggler used his relationship with then-acting SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero to underhandedly back into a World Heavyweight Championship reign. But just minutes after Guerrero stripped Edge of the gold and awarded it to Ziggler, Theodore Long returned to his post atop SmackDown and demanded the new champ defend the gold against the "Rated-R Superstar." Edge speared his way to victory and Ziggler will forever have one of WWE history's shortest reigns on his resume.

Following the loss, Ziggler moved to Raw where he almost immediately regained his championship form by capturing the WWE United States Championship on June 19, 2011 at Capital Punishment. Ironically, the victory came over Kingston, the very same WWE Superstar he defeated for the WWE Intercontinental Championship one year prior.

Ziggler held the WWE United States Championship for six months, which included successful title defenses in a Fatal 4-Way Match at Night of Champions (besting Alex Riley, John Morrison and Jack Swagger) and against John Morrison at Survivor Series. After losing the strap to Zack Ryder on December 18, 2011 at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, the Ohio native teamed with Swagger for much of the first half of 2012. This time period included a feud with Brodus Clay that he would prefer not to think about.

Ziggler finally got his break on July 15, 2012 when he outlasted Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Santino Marella, Sin Cara, Tensai and Tyson Kidd at WWE Money in the Bank in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match to secure himself a guaranteed title opportunity at any point in the following year.

As the year came to a close, Ziggler ditched Guerrero for his new love interest, AJ Lee, who assisted him in defeating John Cena in an excruciating Ladder Match at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. The following night on Raw, the couple was assisted by the debuting Big E Langston, who brutally attacked The Cenation Commander-in-Chief. The 290-pounder continued his association with Ziggler and Lee, eventually partnering with "The Showoff" at WrestleMania 29 to unsuccessfully challenge Kane and Daniel Bryan for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

The night after "The Show of Shows," Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, capitalizing on a debilitated Alberto Del Rio to seize the World Heavyweight Championship. The brash grappler was scheduled to defend his title at Extreme Rules, but he sustained a serious concussion at the May 7, 2013 WWE SmackDown taping and was unable to wrestler. The following month at WWE Payback, Ziggler was battered with repeated blows to the head from a ruthless Del Rio and lost the belt. His reign concluded at 69 days.

Over the course of his WWE career, Ziggler has continuously proven that perfection is not just a catchphrase on a T-shirt. It's a way of life for the cocky WWE Superstar.

Why You Shouldn't Expect Dolph Ziggler To Return To The Main Event Scene

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"The Showoff" is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers

Last year, Dolph Ziggler was the World Heavyweight Champion for WWE.

More often than not, he was stealing the show with his energetic style, regularly putting on some of the most entertaining matches on the card and establishing himself as one of the best workers in the entire organization.

Fast-forward to now, and although the reigning Intercontinental Champion, it is unlikely that he will be returning to the main event scene anytime soon. Yet he regularly puts on some of the most entertaining matches on the card and he remains one of the best workers in the entire company.

So what went wrong?

There are a few knocks against him.

According to the Pro Wrestling Torch, "Ziggler is good enough in the ring to re-earn management's enthusiasm from time to time, but his in-ring style doesn't actually help him in the eyes of top management because he's seen as someone who works indy style insistently despite advice to slow down and make every move count, and that he sells too much and in an exaggerated fashion."

The Torch adds that he's seen "as only decent on the mic." Plus, his emulation of perennial ex-WWE midcarder Billy Gunn's "Bad Ass" character and his old habit of basically twerking on the stage during his ring entrance doesn't do him any favors.

The publication adds that behind the scenes, Ziggler is seen as a bit of a loose cannon by WWE officials due to his tendency to speak his mind in media interviews.

It's nothing overt, but just a sense that he doesn't always portray proper deference to management in ways that management wants to see from talent they promote to the very top. The 34-year-old even admitted in an interview with WOIO-TV CBS-19 Cleveland that "I get a bad rap for speaking my mind."

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PWInsider.com reported back in June that his injury history, particularly with concussions, is a big reason why Ziggler isn't being pushed more. The feeling internally is that WWE can't push Ziggler and trust him as a top guy because he's injury prone and he's had a history of taking time off. This applies to a few other talents as well like Christian, who is currently not being used as a wrestler. There's a feeling that some talents are just never going to get a chance because of their history.

The first came from the boot of an overeager Jack Swagger -- a kick which infamously seemed to derail Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship run while the second came after a stiff clothesline from the heavy-handed Ryback.

Given that these injuries were purely accidental, and that neither of them were Ziggler's fault, it seems mightily harsh for the WWE to be punishing the former World Heavyweight Champion for incidents beyond his control.

On the plus side, Ziggler has the backing of Pat Patterson, an influential voice among top WWE brass (according to the Pro Wrestling Torch).

While Ziggler is still young enough and talented enough to be a top tier WWE Superstar, for now, he seems destined for a respectable, yet underachieving, wrestling career.

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