Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre do battle at Extreme Rules tonight in a match that became even more personal when McIntyre mocked Ziggler's comedic talent.
The former tag team partners and friends-turned-enemies will now be standing on opposite sides of the ring as Ziggler challenges McIntyre for the WWE Championship.
Two-time world champion Ziggler, 39, real name Nic Nemeth, has been moonlighting in stand-up comedy since 2010 and in 2019 embarked on his first tour.
As their main event showdown swiftly approaches, Ziggler exclusively told Mirror Sport how he really felt about Drew's dig at his comedy career and even followed up with a zinger of his own.
WWE's 2020 version of its annual Extreme Rules pay-per-view will take place on a closed set at the companies Performance Center in Orlando, Floridawith a stacked card.
Asuka will defend her Raw Women's Championship against Sasha Banks, Braun Strowman will attempt to defeat Bray Wyatt in a 'Swamp Fight', and in a match worthy of 'The Horror Show' label that has been bestowed on this year's card, Rey Mysterio will go to war with Seth Rollins in an 'Eye for an Eye', match where, bizarrely, the only way to win is by removing your opponent' eyeball.
But, if you are looking for some comic relief, help may just be at hand. A stimulating war of words between Ziggler and the towering Scotsman McIntyre began on Wednesday, when the challenger tweeted, poking fun at the champion's 100-day title reign milestone.
After Ziggler made a tweet that showed a picture of his own 69-day championship accomplishment alongside the quote "Oh 100 days??? Haha that's cute", McIntyre could not resist yanking his chain, responding with a tweet of his own.
The colossus from Ayr brought Ziggler back to earth with a clanger when he sarcastically tweeted: "No wonder your comedy career was such a HUGE success…"
Asked if he would like to host a comedy roast of McIntyre, Ziggler's responded: "A roast of Drew McIntyre would not be able to happen because I would be censored, we would have to put it on WWE Network and they would be bleeping out every other word, but at the end of it, I would say 'hey man, I think you're awesome', and then I would just continue to just knock him down inch by inch.
"But I'd like to do that on television, so if I'm going to get censored and be bleeped out, I'm not wasting my A-material on you guys! No offence!"
Ziggler then had a barb of his own for the champion – commenting on the fact the big Scot had to work his way back up the pro wrestling ladder after famously being released by WWE in 2014.
He said: "He made fun of my comedy, and I think that's great but also, everybody should have a hobby. With Drew McIntyre, until last year his hobby was wrestling, and now he's a wrestler… for real! And getting paid for it!
"I have two jobs (with wrestling and comedy), but if I was bad at either one of them, people wouldn't be coming to the shows."
With the war of words now in full swing, this evening's big title clash will determine just which of these competitors gets the last laugh.
WWE Extreme Rules 'The Horror Show' is broadcast live on WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office this Sunday evening.
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