Recently, Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer appeared on Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast. Both talked about various things and also revealed an interesting tidbit about Vince McMahon.
Jericho revealed that Pat Patterson was one of the few guys who always wanted Dolph Ziggler to receive a huge push in WWE. He’d always mention Ziggler’s name in WWE and as part of a rib, Vince McMahon allegedly buried Dolph over and over again.
“Pat would always stand up for Dolph Ziggler in the booking meetings. [He would say], ‘we gotta push Dolph, we gotta push Dolph, we gotta push Dolph.’”
But this proved to be detrimental for Ziggler because Vince buried the wrestler only to boil Pat’s blood.
“I think that almost led to Dolph getting heat for it to where they would start doing the opposite just to pi*s Pat off just to have him lose a lot. You know how Vince thinks. Let’s rib Pat and bury Dolph Ziggler because it’s funny to me even though it’s a detriment to your company to do that.”