Nicholas Theodore ("Nick") Nemeth is an American professional wrestler, currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the name Dolph Ziggler on the Raw brand.
signed a development contract with WWE
in 2004, and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
was brought up to the Raw brand in 2005 as Kerwin White's sidekick.
He was, however, sent back to OVW shortly afterwards, where he joined the Spirit Squad.
They debuted on Raw in January 2006, and won the World Tag Team Championship before returning to OVW
In September 2007, Nemeth
was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, where he
formed a tag team with Brad Allen.
returned to Raw as Ziggler in September 2008.
is a former World Tag Team Champion as a member of the Spirit Squad
, and has also held the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship twice; once with Brad Allen, and once with Gavin Spears.
wrestled for the Roman Catholic St. Edward High School
in Lakewood, Ohio where he
holds the school record for most pins in a career with 82.
When he attended Kent State University he joined their wrestling team, eventually setting the record for most career wins in the school's history.
signed a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment
(WWE) in 2004 and was assigned to their farm territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), debuting as "Nick Nemeth
After working for nearly a year in OVW
was called up to the main WWE Raw roster, making his
TV debut on the September 25, 2005 episode of Sunday Night Heat.
was made the enforcer and sidekick for Chavo Guerrero, Jr., who was using a golfer gimmick and going by the ring name of "Kerwin White".
As such, Nemeth
became White's caddy.
After the death of Eddie Guerrero, Guerrero dropped the "Kerwin White" character, and Nemeth
no longer played the role of his caddy and tag partner.
appeared on the January 17, 2007, OVW
taping along with Mike Mondo as the "Frat Pack" and teamed with Mike Kruel in a match against Seth Skyfire, Shawn Spears, and Cody Runnels.
In September, Nemeth
and Mike Mondo were moved to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory and in his debut there defeated Hade Vansen.
and Allen started a frat boy type gimmick with Terrell as a "sorority chick".
On March 22, Nemeth
and Allen won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship by defeating defending champions Eddie Colón and Eric Perez.
On September 15, 2008, Nemeth
re-debuted on Raw as a heel, introducing himself in a backstage segment, with a new image, under the name "Dolph Ziggler
On October 10, 2008, Nemeth
was suspended for 30 days for his
first violation of WWE's
Wellness Program policy.
returned to Raw on November 17 in a backstage segment with Rey Mysterio and Shawn Michaels.
first match on Raw under the Ziggler name, he
lost to Batista, getting a deal of offense in the form of high impact spots, on the December 1 episode.