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Nic Nemeth reveals WHY he had HEAT with Vince McMahon

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In a recent revelation on the Talk is Jericho podcast, Nic Nemeth, formerly known as Dolph Ziggler in WWE, confirmed longstanding rumours of a rift with Vince McMahon, the former CEO of WWE.

Nemeth’s candid discussion sheds light on the dynamics behind the scenes in the world of professional wrestling.

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WWE News: The Root of the Controversy

Nemeth’s issues with McMahon stemmed from persistent advocacy by Pat Patterson, a high-ranking WWE executive.

Patterson’s continuous pitching for Nemeth reportedly led to a situation where, according to Nemeth, another top executive commented that they were making Nemeth lose matches just to see Patterson’s reaction:

“It got to a point where he [Patterson] was pitching for me so much for years that the second highest exec could be in a meeting at that point would be like, ‘Yeah, we’re just at a point where we’re just making you lose just to watch his [Patterson’s] face.’ And I go, ‘Oh, that’s not a great way to run the company.'”

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WWE News: The Impact of Executive Decisions

The revelation by Nemeth underscores the often opaque and personal nature of decision-making in professional wrestling.

His experience reflects how the careers of wrestlers can be significantly influenced, not just by their performance or audience appeal, but also by the internal politics and personal preferences of the company’s executives.

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Moving Beyond WWE

Since his departure from WWE in September of the previous year, Nemeth has been exploring new avenues in his wrestling career.

His openness about his past experiences provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the world’s most prominent wrestling organizations and highlights the challenges wrestlers can face within the industry.


  • Who is Nic Nemeth? Nic Nemeth, formerly known as Dolph Ziggler in WWE, is a professional wrestler.
  • What was the reason for Nemeth’s heat with Vince McMahon? The heat stemmed from continuous advocacy by Pat Patterson, leading to a situation where Nemeth was made to lose matches.
  • What did Nemeth reveal about his time in WWE? He revealed the influence of internal politics and personal preferences on wrestlers’ careers in WWE.
  • Has Nemeth left WWE? Yes, he left WWE in September of the previous year.
  • Where did Nemeth discuss these issues? He discussed them on the “Talk is Jericho” podcast.
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