WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler is scheduled to cover the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio for the “Kennedy Nation” show on FOX Business. Ahead of the coverage, “The Show Off” spoke to Kennedy for FOX News about wrestling and politics. Below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On the upcoming U.S. Presidential election and comparing it to the WWE Universe:
“The great stories in this election are what make it like WWE and what make WWE a global phenomenon. There are so many characters that everyone can relate to. It’s not like 20, 30, 40 years ago and it was us vs. Russia, like the Cold War with good vs. evil, now everyone can relate to someone, there are so many shades of grey. Little kids who get picked on and bullied can relate to the Lucha Dragons who are smaller, but they’re quick and exciting and never give up. Someone fed up with their boss can relate to Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose or myself.
In the same way, someone who would normally see typical politicians now has Donald Trump who relates to normal people or wrestling fans. In the beginning when he was a new, non-establishment candidate, wrestlers and friends and people not even interested in politics took notice of this outsider. As the election moved on, as he became the frontrunner, his own party seemed to continually pull the rug out from under him. That happens to people at work all the time when they’re passed over for a promotion, and it happens to wrestlers in story lines with “The Authority” — that’s Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. They are the boss of the show. They constantly reiterate they know “what’s best for business,” they’re the antagonists who want a champion who fits the proper mold and will carry out their will, ensuring success for WWE.
“Much like the often villainously portrayed GOP, they think they know what’s best for business, better than the American people and for the most part come out on top by justifying their involvement for the greater good. Bernie Sanders is comparable to Daniel Bryan of a year ago, once again another outsider gaining momentum where it seemed an apparent heir to the throne was already decided, which would be like Hillary.”
On who he feels is the Donald Trump of WWE right now:
“I mean, it’s obviously The New Day. They have been around in different and entertaining ways over the years, with ups and downs, and now the perfect storm has come together. Timing is everything! The world is ready for something new and fresh, and they are on fire. They say what they want, the have knee-jerk reactions to topical events (like the Steph Curry 2 Mall Walkers) and The New Day has caught fire. They used to get on people’s nerves, but now crowds cheer for them. They have vowed to make WWE great again, and they stand for a new era of sports entertainment. They are all about positivity, and whichever side you are on you’ll tune in to see them do their thing. The Donald is the unicorn of modern politics, and The New Day wear unicorn horns on their heads. They also have outlandish hairstyles that defy gravity and logic, and Donald…well, I guess that’s where the similarities end.”