Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
Roode (left) and Ziggler (right) during their rivalry in 2017
Tag team
MembersDolph Ziggler
Robert Roode
Name(s)Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
The Dirty Dawgs
The Dirty Dogs[1][2]
Billed heightsZiggler: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Roode: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Combined
billed weight
455 lb (206 kg)
DebutAugust 26, 2019
DisbandedSeptember 21, 2023
Years active2019–2023

Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, sometimes referred to as The Dirty Dawgs or The Dirty Dogs, were a professional wrestling tag team performed in WWE, where they are former one-time WWE Raw Tag Team Champions and one-time WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

After a feud between them in 2017, Roode and Ziggler began to work as a tag team in 2019, winning the Raw Tag Team Championship, retaining it for 29 days. The duo also won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, retaining it for 128 days. During their time as a tag team, Ziggler also won the NXT Championship. The team disbanded after Roode suffered an injury and Ziggler returned to being a singles wrestler.

History

After being randomly paired together on the August 26 episode of Raw, Dolph Ziggler teamed with Robert Roode to win a tag-team turmoil match to earn a Raw Tag Team Championship match at Clash of Champions.[3] At the event, Ziggler and Roode won the titles from Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman.[4] On the October 14 episode of Raw, Ziggler and Roode lost the titles to The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar), ending their reign at 29 days, and they were drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2019 WWE Draft.[5]

At Survivor Series, Ziggler and Roode won a 10-team Interbrand Tag Team Battle Royal.[6] In the following weeks, they aligned themselves with King Corbin during his feud against Roman Reigns.[7] On January 26, 2020, at the Royal Rumble, Roode entered the Royal Rumble match at number 4, but was eliminated by Brock Lesnar. Ziggler also entered at number 19, but was eliminated by Roman Reigns.[8] At Super ShowDown, Ziggler suffered a loss to Mansoor.[9] A week later at Elimination Chamber, Ziggler and Roode competed in the namesake match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, where the champions John Morrison and the Miz retained.[10] On the June 22 episode of Raw, it was announced that Ziggler and Roode were traded to the Raw brand for AJ Styles.[11] On that night, Ziggler issued a challenge to WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, which McIntyre accepted for The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.[12] At the event on July 19, Ziggler failed to win the title.[13][14]

As part of the 2020 Draft in October, both Ziggler and Roode were drafted back to the SmackDown brand.[15] On the January 8, 2021 episode of SmackDown, Ziggler and Roode defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) to win the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. On April 9, 2021, at WrestleMania SmackDown, Roode and Ziggler defeated Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis), the team of Rey & Dominik Mysterio and The Street Profits in a Fatal 4-Way match to retain the titles. On the April 16 episode of SmackDown, Ziggler and Roode would have another successful title defense as they defeated The Street Profits.[16] They lost the titles to Rey & Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania Backlash, ending their reign at 128 days.[17] As part of the 2021 Draft, The Dirty Dawgs were drafted to the Raw brand.[18][19]

On the February 22, 2022 episode of NXT 2.0, during a match between Dolph Ziggler and Tommaso Ciampa, Roode interfered in the match disguised as a cameraman to help Ziggler get the win.[20] On the March 1, episode of NXT 2.0, The Dirty Dawgs were defeated by NXT Champion Bron Breakker and Tommaso Ciampa.[21] The following week, at NXT Roadblock, Ziggler, with the help of Roode, defeated Ciampa and Breakker to win his first NXT Championship. After a lengthy absence since Ziggler lost the NXT Championship, Ziggler and Roode returned on the June 6 episode of Raw in an on-stage interview segment. However, MVP and Omos would interrupt both Ziggler and Roode and insult them, to which Ziggler retaliated by delivering a superkick to MVP, which led to Omos chasing both Ziggler and Roode out of the arena, therefore turning both men face in the process.

Ziggler made his return in July, but Roode underwent a procedure and would be out of action, possibly for foreseeable future.[22][23] In September 2023, Ziggler was released from his WWE contract, disbanding the team. Although, Roode went on to become a producer for WWE.[24]

Championships and accomplishments

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