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Dolph Ziggler: Former MAC Champion and Current World Heavyweight Champion

Former Kent State wrestler and three-time MAC Champion Nick Nemeth, better known by his ring name Dolph Ziggler, has found success after the MAC in the WWE.

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While we have been giving updates to all MAC athletes currently in the MLB, it's time to take a look at a more unconventional route for former MAC athletes. Nick Nemeth joined the Kent State wrestling team in after attending wrestling powerhouse St. Edward High School. He is one of the most successful wrestlers in Kent State history with 121 career wins (second most in school history) and winning three MAC championships in 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Here's a short interview with Nemeth out of character from 2011 at Kent State discussing both college wrestling and the "grind" of the WWE.

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Nemeth jumped into the world of professional wrestling and sports entertainment quickly after college wrestling in WWE's developmental territories Ohio Valley Wrestling and then Florida Championship Wrestling. He wrestled as Nick Nemeth under various gimmicks before settling on the ring name Dolph Ziggler in 2008. He became a mainstay in the WWE at that point winning the Intercontinental Championship in 2010 and the United States Championship in 2011. While he has been successful throughout his time in the WWE, Nemeth is at the peak of his popularity in the WWE after winning the World Heavyweight Champion on the April 8th episode of Monday Night Raw.

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We may not win many National Championships in the MAC, but how many other conferences can say they have a World Champion?