In an interesting move, WWE.com has published an article interviewing Dolph Ziggler about the concussion he suffered at the SmackDown tapings this past week during a run-in involving Jack Swagger and Big E. Langston. In it, he goes into great detail about how he has been affected by the injury and even reveals it's not even close to being the first one he's suffered throughout his career.
"I didn't even remember Monday until I watched Raw when I got home," the champion revealed, in reference to the injury, which he sustained when he interfered in a match between Jack Swagger and Big E Langston. "I don't even remember traveling from Raw to SmackDown. I don't remember Tuesday. I remember AJ and Big E taking me to the airport on Wednesday morning."
"I was told I interfered in a match and tried to get my hands on a ladder," said Ziggler, piecing together the timeline. "When I bent over to grab it, Jack Swagger kicked me in the head."
Happily, Ziggler is on the mend since returning home, and his condition is improving. "I feel a lot better today," The Showoff told WWE.com of his recovery process. "Yesterday I had a bad headache. Today, I have a slight headache."
While Ziggler's suffered concussions before in his career, he said this was by far the worst.
"I didn't know what day it was; I didn't know what month it was." he said. "I've had a couple of concussions before and just had a headache. I've never not remembered entire days, like someone in a movie."
As per usual, the company is putting Ziggler through its usual procedure in these situations, which is waiting until he can pass imPact testing before allowing him to come back. It's still controversial in that there hasn't been nearly enough research to know or understand how effective that is in determining whether or not athletes should return to action so soon but Ziggler is hoping he'll be back within a number of days.
And definitely by Extreme Rules for his first pay-per-view defense of the world heavyweight title.
Better safe than sorry, though, and the hope is Dolph takes the necessary time so he can come back 100-percent and go back to being the bumping machine we all know and love.