Dolph Ziggler is a WWE veteran at this point and a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but during his first tryout with WWE he was overshadowed by another wrestler.
Ziggler recently opened up about his first tryout on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia, and he said that Bobby Lashley was picked over him, but he also noted that if he was in charge he probably would have picked Lashley as well.
“My first tryout was with Bobby Lashley. I didn’t know him at all, but he was also an amateur wrestler, a much better one than I am. We met at the rental car place and I go, ‘Hey, are you Bobby?’ and he goes, ‘Yeah, are you Nick?’ So we had a tryout together and it’s the damnedest thing, they decided to hire him and not me. The whole time I’m sitting there looking at him and I go, ‘I mean if we’re picking here, I’d pick to hire you also!’ I just finished wrestling 165 at Kent State and he looks like he’s carved out of granite like an action figure!”
Luckily Ziggler had better luck during his second WWE tryout.
“That second tryout, I wasn’t next to and being compared to a body builder the entire time. I was taking the drills and getting up first and picking up them much quicker. That’s where I can kind of focus when you’re a guy that’s barely 6 foot tall, barely 200 pounds, you go, ‘Okay, I can make up for every single aspect of this business.’ So I was practicing promos, I was doing the drills, I wanted to look like I’ve been doing this for years.”
In the end, all’s well that ends well, as both Bobby and Dolph are currently part of the Monday Night Raw roster.