If you’ve delved in to the past of Dean Ambrose you’ll know he came in to the wrestling world through the doors of Heartland Wrestling Association in Cincinnati Ohio, where he was trained by Les Thatcher and veteran Cody Hawk. We receive a lot of questions in our inbox regarding Deans roots and training, which prompted an affiliation between us and Cody himself, as a further to this we’re excited to announce the opening of Cody’s Official Website CodyHawk.Net! Here you’ll find all the information you need if you’re looking at getting in to wrestling and following in Deans footsteps. You’ll also find an Exclusive Video from Cody’s days in HWA alongside Dean – an all out arena brawl between the two! So make sure you head on over to check it out, as well as take a look around, learn a little more history and keep up with Cody’s upcoming seminar and appearance dates.
Now on to something a little special. Cody sat down with us to answer a few questions on getting in to the wrestling business, what it takes and even a little of what Dean himself went through under Codys tutelage. Enjoy!
Is there any particular sports background someone should have before getting in to pro wrestling, or can anyone do it?
To be successful in pro wrestling, you need to be in decent physical condition with no serious health issues. You also need to be somewhat athletic. While you do not need to have a particular sports background to successfully compete on a national level, an amateur wrestling or MMA background would be the most beneficial in preparing you for a career as a Pro Wrestler.
But is it really for everyone?
Definitely not!!! The pro wrestling lifestyle can be very difficult with training, shows and travel schedules. You have to be a hard worker with a strong desire to improve. You have to be self motivated and dedicated. If you do not have an absolute love for all things pro wrestling then you need not apply.
What can someone expect from training with you?
Training with me requires an open mind, open ears and a closed mouth. I will push you to your breaking point and then some. Once I feel you have enough respect for our great business, I will then start filling your head with knowledge and start honing your skills in the ring. I can and will teach you everything you need to know to succeed. While I CANNOT get you a job, I CAN give you the tools and the direction you need to do it yourself!
Do you train women any differently to men or are they in for the exact same treatment?
Actually, I might train women harder than men. I am a huge fan of ladies wrestling. Not divas or cat fighting, but kick butt, in your face, smash mouth lady wrestling. Men and women do receive the same basics wrestling fundamentals though. After initially learning our business, women and men do vary some, but not much. I want the girls I train to be able to mix it up with anyone they get in the ring with.
Do you focus on the physical/psychological aspect of it alone or do you work on things like promo skills etc as well?
I am full service. We train on the basics of everything: History, backstage etiquette, promos, wrestling, psychology, character development, mental fortitude, physical conditioning and more. In order to be successful in this industry, you have to be the complete package so it is important to focus attention on every aspect as each piece alone is just that, one piece.
Is there any solid formula to the process? Times per week, should diet be taken in to account, gym etc.
Diet and gym time are as important as anything you can do in the wrestling business. Do you look like a wrestler or do you look like a plumber?? As for the amount of time to train, well you get out of it what you put into it. The more you train the better you will be. What made Jon/Dean so special for me was his dedication and love for all things wrestling. Even at a very young age (18), he started taking care of his look and developing himself. He spent hours in the gym, and hours at my gym in the ring learning from anyone he could.
What do you think it takes to really make a successful career out of wrestling?
To make a successful career out of wrestling, it takes a no quit attitude. It’s a long hard road and most will not make it out of the Independent scene. Very few of us are fortunate enough to make it to the level of the WWE, TnA, RoH or overseas. It requires a dedication and an understanding that the business comes before any other thing in your life. You will miss birthdays, weddings, reunions, family functions, and other events because being on the road all the time will be a normal thing, and it is fundamental to your success in the industry.
Jon’s repeatedly said in interviews he thinks he was one of the last to be trained the ‘oldschool’ way, have things really changed a lot since then or do you still use the same methods?
I use the exact same methods on my students today that I have always used. The business has changed a lot, but the basic fundamentals are still the same: Look the part, Act the part, and Know what you are doing at all times whether backstage or in the ring. It’s all about selling yourself and selling tickets. To me, the “old School” way just means that we focus on making you the entire package. We prepare you to be able to wrestle anywhere, anytime, with anyone and have a five star match.
Did you put him through as much hell as he makes out, any funny stories to share?
I put Jon through as much crap as I possibly could. I knew from the first day I met him he was going to go far. I pushed him in our company farther and faster than anyone else I have ever trained. Some people you just know they have it, and you become obsessed with helping them achieve their goals.
As for stories, I have plenty but that’s for a different venue. I can tell you this, Jon lived with me for a few years, and we trained together daily. We were bitter rivals on our local Independent show (HWA), and some of my best matches were against him. I will give you one funny story. Once, while prepping for a match, we were standing in this dimly lit room. Jon was talking and apparently decided he needed a drink. He reached for a bottle of water and began to chug. Suddenly, with a disgusted look in his face, he stops chugging as he was realizing it wasn’t water, but rather a random bottle of dip spit. Needless to say it wasn’t what he was expecting. He raced out the door and immediately threw it up. However, approximately five minutes after that, he still climbed in the ring with me and we kicked the crap out of each other in one of our epic battles. Sign of a true professional wrestler: Five Star performance no matter what!!
Finally, how can people interested in training with you contact you and do you have any seminars/future plans/etc?
Future wrestling hopefuls can reach me on my Facebook page, by e-mail, or via the website. I am available for training sessions, seminars and one-on-one classes. Contact me direct for prices and availability.
With Dean Missing in Action theres nothing to do but speculate as to what will happen upon his return. Our resident writer Austin Skinner is on the case again in our latest article, let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook or in comments!
(MIA) Missing In Ambrose By Austin Skinner
Where, oh where, has our Mr. Ambrose gone? In all truth, it seems Dean Ambrose is trying his hand at the big screen and that can mean big things for him (as well as any Ambrose fan). The entertainment business sure means a lot to WWE executives these days, as WWE has slowly become more of an entertainment company and less of a wrestling one. With that said, it is no secret that this movie to star Ambrose (titled ‘Lockdown’, being produced by WWE Studios) will prove to play somewhat of a factor moving forward with his career in the WWE.
For now, Ambrose’s Monday Night presence will be a nonfactor until the wrapping of the film (sometime later this month), leaving Seth Rollins to potentially pester on about him not being there. Fret not however, Mr. Money in the Bank, as the Lunatic Fringe still has your number! Ambrose has the potential to return at the upcoming Night of Champions event, but will he? Something tells me no. My gut tells me that you can expect to see Dean make a triumphantly turbulent return on the Monday Night Raw directly following that show (again, watch out Rollins). Upon Ambrose’s return to Monday Nights, I believe there are two possible scenarios that could take place…
As of late, Kane has been giving Ambrose quite the headache. With Kane being an agent of The Authority and a supporter of Seth Rollins, obviously Ambrose is an automatic enemy. Luckily enough for Kane though, Dean has prided himself on getting to Rollins and not really worrying about any other factor. I fear though, that this will come around to haunt the crazy man once he reappears. It isn’t hard to guess that Kane has been waiting for his moment to strike. We can probably expect for Kane to really start throwing his weight around and maybe even buy Seth some more time, as he keeps Ambrose more than busy for a few weeks. With Hell in the Cell being the next major event after Night of Champions, maybe we will see Dean Ambrose and Kane battling it out in an absolute war within the steel confines of a twenty foot cell! A victory over Kane in a Hell in the Cell match would surely keep the Authority at bay while Ambrose refocuses on Rollins following that event. So, needless to say, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this scenario unfold.
The other possibility would make things a little more complicated. For instance, perhaps Ambrose plans to kill two birds with one stone. Maybe, through his return, he will be ready to take on both Rollins AND Kane moving forward! He could end up really grabbing the Authority’s attention by showing them that he really means business with beating Kane and Rollins at the Hell in a Cell event. With the Authority reeling and angered, perhaps the loss and subsequent blame falls on Rollins’ shoulders. Due to this, Rollins is forced, by the Authority, to prove his worth and put his briefcase up for grabs against Ambrose! This would lead both men to another singles match with must-win situations attached and a future championship opportunity up for grabs.
One thing is for sure, when the crazy man returns, what happens immediately and what follows should definitely be worth the wait! There is still a vast amount of untapped potential to work with between Ambrose, Rollins, and the Authority. WWE realizes this and they are sure to act on it for the foreseeable future. So, sit back and relax for the next week or two during Dean’s absence. He’ll be back with some “Explicit Ambrose Violence” soon enough!
What direction do YOU think Ambrose will be headed once he returns?
We previously reported that Dean will be attending RingsideFest 11 in New York City this October 4th, we’re thrilled to announce we will be giving away ONE Photo and Autograph Combo Package to a lucky winner of a prize draw! All you need to do is follow us on twitter or facebook at Retweet/Share a specific promotional image when we post it. The competition starts this weekend on Saturday and will run through to RAW on Monday. All entries will be pooled and one winner will be picked at random!
Please note you’ll be providing your own travel etc, we’re just providing you the tickets!
We will shortly be adding a full subsite for Dean’s upcoming movie ‘Lockdown’ as more details become available, but in the meantime we’ve added a page to the site with information so far including cast members and shooting info. We’ll keep you fully up to date on everything as it happens – as usual!
WWE.com are polling again and this time it’s who the WWE Universe think will be in the World Championship picture in the next year. One of the top votes? Ambrose and his former Shield partners! Check out the other predictions above!
Dean joins a line up of WWE Superstars including Roman Reigns and The Bella Twins for the New York City Ringside Collectibles event ‘Ringside Fest 11′ on October 4th in Times Square, New York City. Theres plenty of options for photo and signature combos so head on over to their website to check out the prices and pick yourself up a ticket!
After the events of last week the WWE Universe was left wondering as to the wellbeing of Ambrose, hoping to find out on RAW what had become of him. Unfortunately for us, Seth Rollins was all too eager to rub in our faces what had happened. Holding a ‘Eulogy’ for Dean in which he stated he wasn’t to blame for what happened, it was the fans that were to blame for picking the stipulations of the match. He summarised that Dean’s career would forever be defined by the words ‘What If?’ – What if he’d known his place and walked away when he had the chance? Rollins continued to gloat, saying he created the Shield and he had destroyed it, and we’ll never see Dean Ambrose again.
Roman Reigns finally decides to step in and get a little payback for his fallen brother, interrupting Rollins’ self celebration and coming down to the ring, quickly taking out Kane then turning his sights on his former ring partner. A brawl breaks out in the ring but it’s Rollins that’s left running for the hills as Reigns charges right through him. Reigns swears revenge for Dean but Rollins says he’ll take out Roman just like he took out Ambrose.
Later on in the night Reigns faces off in a handicap match against Rollins and Kane and as it looks as though he’s about to fall to the same fate as Ambrose, Reigns breaks free. Grabbing one of the cinder blocks and hurling it at Seths head. Again Seth bolts but vows Roman will meet the same fate as Dean eventually.
We all know this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Dean Ambrose, though. Don’t we.
It was announced last month that WWE Magazine would be ceasing publication after 30 years on our shelves. Naturally this makes the final issue a collectors item and something of a big deal, so what better way to have it go out than to put on the cover the three men that took out the likes of The Undertaker during their Shield run? Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns get their very first – and sadly, last, WWE Magazine Cover! Featuring an article on the three and their rise to the WWE Championship stakes, it’s a collectors edition to boot. A fitting way to end an era, showcasing the future.
The issue is released on September 16th in the USA, a little later in the UK and elsewhere. Make sure you reserve your copy now! Congratulations to Dean and the boys!
Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Working For: WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: United States Championship Mini Biography: Dean Ambrose started his career back in 2004 under the name of Jon Moxley. Earning high praise from independent companies around the world, he became a household name for the hardcore, holding championship gold in companies such as Combat Zone Wrestling. With his name capturing the attention of wrestling fans across the globe, Jon soon earned a developmental contract with the WWE. He then took on the name of Dean Ambrose and began the process of cementing his name in stone. Feuding with William Regal and Seth Rollins most notably on NXT, Ambrose went on to make his much anticipated main roster debut at Survivor Series 2012, coming in alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to make a massive impact in the main event, aiding CM Punk in retaining his WWE Championship. The Shield have torn an unstoppable path through the WWE and at Extreme Rules 2013, Dean laid claim to his first taste of WWE gold, capturing the United States Championship. Described by WWE as "Fearless, wild and always unpredictable" as well as a "world class competitor and infamous troublemaker" - Dean Ambrose is the rising star to watch! Full Biography:Click Here! Full Statistics:Click Here!
Show: RAW August 18th, 2014 Match: Dean Ambrose Vs Seth Rollins (No Contest) Summary: The WWE Universe did, indeed, decide Dean Ambrose’s fate. Even though their selection of a Falls Count Anywhere Match firmly put Seth Rollins in the unstable one’s home turf, the anything-goes atmosphere ultimately allowed The Authority to make their biggest play yet in removing Ambrose from Rollins’ path. The decisive maneuver came after a lengthy street-style brawl between the two former Shield members wherein Ambrose bounced Rollins off the stage and The Aerialist chopped away at Ambrose with a Kendo stick before powerbombing him onto a pile of chairs. Ambrose answered with a superplex through a table. Kane, who had been observing at ringside, came in to aid Rollins when things got the most dire, and channeled his inner demon for the occasion. Not only did he help Rollins Curb Stomp Ambrose atop the announce table, he also removed the timekeeper’s desk to expose a hidden pile of cinder blocks through which Rollins drove Ambrose’s skull with a second Curb Stomp that caused the ref to stop the match. Advantage: Authority. Full Review: Click Here! Digitals:Click Here! Screencaptures:Click Here!
LIVE EVENT SCHEDULE
Sept 21st: Night Of Champions Sept 22nd: RAW: Memphis, TN Sept 23rd: Smackdown: Little Rock, AR Sept 29th: RAW: Chicago, IL Sept 30th: Smackdown: Milwaukee, WI Oct 4th: Live Event: Trenton, NJ Oct 5th: Live Event: Allentown, PA Oct 6th: RAW: Brooklyn, NY Oct 7th: Smackdown: Philadelphia, PA Oct 11th: Live Event: Macon, GA Oct 12th: Live Event: Savannah, GA Oct 13th: RAW: Atlanta, GA Oct 14th: Smackdown: Birmingham, AL Oct 19th: Live Event: Topeka, KS Oct 20th: RAW: Kansas City, MO Oct 26th: Hell In A Cell
SOCIAL MEDIA NOTICE
Dean DOES NOT have a secondary Twitter, Facebook or other internet profile, any you may find should be reported as fakes no matter how convincing they appear to be. Click here to hear Dean confirm this HIMSELF on this Podcast and also on Colt Cabanas recent Podcast HERE!. ALL Official links can be found and confirmed on this site.
If you're looking for Ambrose on Video we have numerous channels you can view on, check out the list below.
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If you're serious about entering the world of professional wrestling, the first thing you need is a world class trainer. Cody Hawk is the man responsible for kick starting the careers of not just Dean Ambrose, but NXT's Solomon Crowe and Slate Randall. As well as international women's star Hailey Hatred. If you're interested in following in their footsteps, click on for MORE INFO.
COMING SOON: Q&A with Cody Hawk - find out what it takes to pursue a career in pro wrestling.
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