FORMER WWE world champion Dolph Ziggler has admitted he “hates” his current role in the company.
The 37-year-old, real name Nicholas Nemeth, has been a firm fixture on the wrestling company’s roster for the past decade.
Nicknamed “The Showoff”, Ziggler has been reduced to being a mid-card performer in recent years.
And the SmackDown Live star has admitted he is not happy with his positioning within the business.
Speaking to E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness with Edge and Christian, he said: “I hate it.
“But also I’m someone who, I hate that I’m not the champion. I hate that the show is not about me because that that’s the mentality you should have if you’re in the business.
“If you’re the ‘Hey I want to be the opening guy who works for 10 years and saves a bunch of money,’ (guy) that’s great. But there’s a thousand other guys in the back that say, ‘I want to be the best.
“I want to main event WrestleMania, I want the show to be about me.”
He added: “So you have to have that mentality. But also I’ve been around enough to know the score, to know what’s going on.
“So I hate being in that position. I think I should be a bigger part of the show. But so does everybody else.”
Ziggler debuted in WWE back in 2005 and played a number of parody roles before relaunching himself in 2008.
He soon established himself as one of the top performers in WWE and became a huge fan favourite.
Ziggler won the world title twice, memorably by cashing in the Money in the Bank contract and another when paired up with then SmackDown general manager Vickie Guerrero.
However, he has not held a title for over a year and last battle for the main strap in the summer of 2016, losing to Dean Ambrose.
Ziggler added: “You get passed over a handful of times for a couple of years, then you start to have more of a cult following and it gets hot.
“But after a couple of years of not having the trigger pulled and the eight-year-old kids now know that you’re in that roll, I noticed in the last two years that even my live event matches are a little hard for me to do my job. Because when I come out and a 10-year-old kid goes, ‘I know you’re losing,’ we go, ‘Aww, crap.’
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“I’ve said this to the boss on several occasions, I’ve made a career out of almost never winning, which is awesome. But at some point I have to be seen as somebody who could win without pulling a needle out of a haystack or a lottery ball out… because that loses all of that luster.”
“I feel like after a while you’re proving it so much, even that becomes a thing like, ‘Hey, sorry, you have the curse of a worker.’
“Or you’re like, ‘Hey, you’re our Shawn Michaels guy, you can work with anybody and it could seem like a main event somewhere.’ Well that shouldn’t be a bad thing, but sometimes it is.”