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Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley
From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Birth: December 7, 1985
Wrestling Debut: 2005
WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012
WWE Titles Held: WWE World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship, Intercontinental Championship (x2), WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (w/Seth Rollins)
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 tore an unstoppable path through the WWE for over a year before going their separate ways and into singles competition. Dean first went after Shield traitor Seth Rollins for revenge, and then on to win Intercontinental and WWE World Heavyweight Gold. Described as “Fearless, wild and always unpredictable” as well as a “world class competitor and infamous troublemaker” – Dean Ambrose is the star to watch!
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Oct 6 17
Published by Amanda, Filed in Articles, Interviews

Dean recently spoke to GuideLive.Com in Dallas, Texas about the live event in Arlington Texas, where he spoke about live events vs TV, teaming with Seth again, what it’s like being in the ring with someone like Braun Strowman and more. Below is the full interview, you can also view the original article here

What’s different about performing a mid-week ‘WWE Live’ show as opposed to an episode of Raw or Smackdown on TV?
Ambrose: I live for the house shows. It’s more of an intimate experience because every one is a little bit different. It’s only going to happen that one time in the arena for that audience.

The live events are what I dreamed of when I wanted to be a wrestler as a kid. There’s a lot less restrictions, time constraints, commercials. There’s no somebody standing out there with a microphone, talking for 20 minutes, driving you crazy. There’s no commercial breaks. There’s no ads popping up on the screen. It’s just, straight up, a night of pro wrestling – WWE style. … The live events are my personal favorite type of show we have. It’s not something you want to miss.

The show at College Park is just a few miles away from the site of WrestleMania 32 (AT&T Stadium). What do you remember about that event?

Ambrose: It was really wild, man. The best way I can describe WrestleMania is just ‘surreal.’
I remember pulling up to that stadium, in particular, seeing the 200-foot picture of my face plastered on there – my brain can’t even process that it was so weird. And when you walk out in front of 100,000 people, your brain can’t comprehend that big of an audience – at least mine can’t.
It doesn’t really feel any different once you’re in the ring. Once you’re in the ring, it’s like you’re in the eye of the storm. There’s nothing really outside of the first couple of rows of people you can see. But the sound is different because there’s 100,000 people there, it’s like this giant, vacuumous, weird sound. It’s very strange.
You build up to it all year, and then it’s over so quick. It’s very surreal. I’ve wrestled in front of as little as like ten people or less when I first started … and that’s a lot more awkward than wrestling in front of 100,000 people.

You’ve rejoined former Shield partner Seth Rollins in this current title run, what has it been like being back together?

Ambrose: We’re having a lot of fun, I’ve got to tell you, the last two PPVs – “No Mercy’ and ‘SummerSlam’ – been very, very happy with the matches we’ve had with Cesaro and Sheamus, who are also a great team. Probably underrated. They’re No. 2 to us, of course, but we’ve been having some great matches.
The thing about me and Seth Rollins, we take our reputation as former partners in The Shield – we have a certain standard when it comes to tag team wrestling. Our thing was the second you put us together, we instantly become the best tag team in the world and we have to live up to that every single night. That’s how we got our start. That’s how we got to where we are just by having kick-ass matches every night.

Any tag teams in WWE you’re wanting to go head-to-head with?

Ambrose: I really appreciate the experience of getting to work with Cesaro and Sheamus. They’re just a great team. But also, I really have enjoyed the time we’ve got to be in the ring with [Karl] Anderson and [Luke] Gallows, The Club. I think this is going to be a good year for them. I think they’re really going to start catching on with the audience, come into their own as a team. They’re an excellent couple of wrestlers … Karl Anderson is a guy I’ve known since I was probably 18, and I think the first time I wrestled him was here in WWE. Really enjoyed it. I hope we get to have more matches with The Club.

On his ‘No Mercy’ match which saw two of Cesaro’s front teeth pushed ‘3 to 4 mm’ into his upper jaw after an in-ring maneuver…

Ambrose: I didn’t know that his teeth were busted out until after the match. I saw his face after the match backstage. I thought he just bit his lip or had a little, tiny cut, a little bit of blood … The thing is, we’re so safety conscious, and in WWE they really go out of their way to protect us as athletes. If they think we’re hurt, they’re going to try to stop the match no matter how much we’re telling them we want to continue. … But thankfully, the referee got it under control, got the blood stopped, and then you just keep going.
Cesaro, I know, would have never for one second want to stop the match and go get his teeth fixed because we’re just wired differently as athletes. Compared to like NFL, NBA players and so forth, those guys are pansies, sorry, we do this 365 days a year. We voluntarily beat each other up for a living. Nobody does the schedule that we do on the pace that we do. We’re just machines, professional wrestlers as a whole. Just another day at the office.

On wrestling somebody like 6’8″, 385-pound (listed) Braun Strowman…

Ambrose: If you’ve ever been a little kid at the zoo, and they let you ride the elephant…what’s the biggest thing you can think of that you would climb up on when you’re a little kid? It’s like that. You’re literally a child when you’re in there, it’s foolish, he just picks me up like I’m Jiminy Cricket and I can’t do anything about it.
That’s the fun thing about WWE, we’ve got all shapes and sizes. To think I can get in there with smaller, athletic guys and try to keep up, but then sometimes you’ve got to get in there with big dinosaurs. I feel like, more often than not, I’m in there with big dinosaurs – the story of my life. Just walking around, all 6’2″ of me, and just walking around all these giant behemoths, pretty much just trying not to get stepped on. It’s like I’m living in Jurassic Park.

Aug 31 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles, What Others Say

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For those of you that like statistics, numbers and lists, the PWI 500 was released today and Dean was ranked at #7 after a super busy year in WWE. That’s up 2 spots from his #9 position last year, meaning he’s been making a steady climb up the ranks since his debut on the list in 2006!

PWI 500 Rankings
Rank #447 in the 2006 list
Rank #371 in the 2007 list
Rank #471 in the 2009 list
Rank #103 in the 2010 list
Rank #102 in the 2011 list
Rank #253 in the 2012 list
Rank #26 in the 2013 list
Rank #18 in the 2014 list
Rank #13 in the 2015 list
Rank #9 in the 2016 list
Rank #7 in the 2017 list

Onwards and upwards! It’s nice to be recognized for hard work. You can check out more Ambrose facts and figures HERE

Aug 1 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles

Dean spoke to a couple of weeks ago to talk about the show in the area, he also spoke about sacrificing his body, his nomad lifestyle and staying focused. You can read the interview below and the full article HERE

For better or worse, Dean Ambrose has been on the road since late adolescence, sacrificing his body in the ring on a near nightly basis for the sake of the show. The World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler with the kamikaze-like ring reputation is now what he calls “a very old 31 years old,” and he said he can’t ever remember waking up in the morning and feeling good.

Instead, he said, “I feel like crap. But everything is OK.” That’s because Ambrose is doing exactly what he aspires to do. He’s a modern-day gladiator playing a role under the big lights. For years, he toiled away in near obscurity on the independent wrestling scene. Today, in the WWE, he has gained a reputation as fearless, unpredictable, even unstable between the ropes.

Remember, though, it’s all show. “Yeah, I’ve been doing this since — basically, I’ve been on the road since I was 18,” he said in a phone interview from a pro wrestling date in Texas. “I don’t know any other way. I tend to get squirrelly. After a few days in a hotel, I’ve got to move on. I’m just a nomad moving from town to town. That’s all I know. I enjoy it. I get to see the world. Travel to every city of the world, from Fayetteville to New York City.”

Ambrose came of age following the travails of the stable of stars in the former World Wrestling Federation, and has watched wrestling as long as he can remember.

“I watched every bit of wrestling you can imagine,” he said. “I’ve always been such a fan of all different styles of the sport. I’ve never had one favorite (wrestler). I like to watch everybody. I learned stuff I use in the ring today. I just love the sport.”

After going professional in 2004, Ambrose spent a chunk of time learning the ropes before signing with the high-profile WWE in 2011. A year later, he made his debut on television.

Over his career, he has competed in four or five WrestleManias, wrestled in championship matches and defended his titles. As a key figure in this traveling WWE tour, he has plied his trade in the ring from Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo to New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“You got to stay focused on the task at hand. You might get killed,” he said of what he’s thinking when he enters the ring. “You’ve got to keep your head on swivel. When I’m in the ring, it’s one of the most relaxed moments of a day. The worst is the travel — 365 days a year. Getting into town, finding a gym to work out. The reward is the 15 to 20 minutes you get to spend in the ring. I couldn’t be more relaxed. It’s a release of all my frustrations.”

Jul 13 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles, Interviews

Dean spoke with the Huntington Herald Dispatch and discussed The Shield, live events, championships and Renee. Check out an excerpt below and the link to the full article HERE

When Ambrose came onto the WWE scene in 2012 as part of The Shield with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, Ambrose started being described as “The Lunatic Fringe.” Outside the ring, Ambrose passes for sane. Inside the ring, given his talent and connection to fans, the nickname has helped him become a headliner on the WWE roster.

That character will be on display Saturday, July 15, when the WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour makes a stop at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $20 to $100 and are available at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office, via or by calling 800-745-3000.

Ambrose and Seth Rollins are set to take on The Miztourage of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.

“I feel like I’m a pretty sensible individual,” Ambrose said in a telephone interview. “I don’t feel unhinged (another characterization). It is what it is. Michael Cole (WWE announcer on “Monday Night Raw” and pay-per-views) said it on TV enough times it clicked. I’m used to it. You know you get labels put on. In the ring, I don’t care. I fly by the seat of my pants, do whatever I feel like doing. Don’t worry about the consequences.”

Ambrose was raised in Cincinnati but now calls Las Vegas home. He was fearless at the outset on the independent circuit in the early 2000s with the ring name Jon Moxley. He could take punishment and dish it out all the way to the top in WWE. He’s also done a movie with John Cena and Randy Orton.

“It’s tough in any line of work to get to the top,” Ambrose said. “You can’t quit when times get rough. Things are going to happen to you. You have to believe in your abilities to do the stuff and put your nose to the grindstone. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I’ve had an incredible journey. I love to do what I’m doing. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world. All kinds of memories, stories.”

The Shield hit it big when they came onto the WWE scene. As time passed, storylines had the trio split and go to singles. Ambrose has had to face Reigns and Rollins on several occasions.

“They threw us right to the wolves. We clicked immediately,” Ambrose said. “We go week to week. We’d figure it out, did a lot on the fly. It all worked out. It’s a means to an end. Three new guys come in and kick the door down. It’s very rare three personalities work like that. You could tell we resonate with people. I’ve made way more money, got a lot more things done, a lot more work without them.”

Ambrose said he and Rollins look forward to the tag match. Axel and Dallas played a role in The Miz beating Ambrose at the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view Sunday, July 9, to retain the Intercontinental championship.

“We’ve got issues after Sunday,” Ambrose said. “Plan is to go in and slap them around. Drop them on their heads and teach them a lesson.”

Apr 26 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles

We don’t normally post personal life moments and the like here on Dean-Ambrose.Net, but this is a pretty huge one and while we’ve sent private congratulations to the couple, we’d like to take a moment out to congratulate Dean and Renee on their recent marriage here on the site. An event which they kept typically low key and totally ‘them’. They were married on Sunday the 9th of April at 1am, according to a recent interview with Renee at E! Online. Check out some excerpts from the interview below, and once again our congratulations to them both!

“It was two weeks on Sunday, it’s really cool, it feels nice and it feels right,” Renee tells E! News exclusively. “Every time I look down and I see my ring and every time we’re together I’m like, ‘Oh my God you’re my husband now!’ It does feel more special, it feels different and we’re in that fun, honeymoon stage. I love it.”

So what’s the story behind the secret ceremony?

“I wouldn’t even really say that we were engaged. We’ve been together for three and a half years and we knew that we wanted to have a Vegas wedding, because we live in Las Vegas we just figured we’d do it there and we’d just do it super low-key. We got our marriage license about six months ago when we were in Reno. There was a live event in Reno and I was there with him and we just happen to walk up to city hall and we went and got our marriage license then. So we’d been sitting on it so we could do this spur of the moment ‘hey let’s get married tonight’ kind of thing.”

Renee and Dean were actually going to bed when the idea to tie the knot came about.

She tells us, “We were going to bed! We were going to bed and he like busted out the ring and we were like, ‘Oh man I guess we should do this now.’ So we ended up going on Yelp and we found a 24-hour pastor to come to our backyard. It was so handy and his name was Pastor Pete and he lived around the corner from us, so he was there. They were very concerned by the way because it was 1 o’clock in the morning, so technically it was Sunday and they were very concerned about us calling, they were like, ‘Is everything OK? Have you guys been drinking? What’s happening?’ We’re like, ‘It’s fine, you can come down.’ So we had to get a witness and we called and woke up a friend of ours and got it done.”

“We’re very non-traditional,” she explains. “So that’s why we didn’t feel like we needed to do the engagement or to do this big, fancy wedding. It was so perfect and so us. There’s not a single thing about it I would change.”

You can read the full interview at E! Online

Apr 2 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles, Interviews

More from Wrestlemanias Media Morning and Dean discusses Wrestlemania moments and favorite matches.

Dean Ambrose on life in the WWE (News.Com.Au)

Both Dean and Daniel Bryan were recently interviewed below is Dean’s portion of the interview, which includes him talking about various Wrestlemania moments both professional and personal:


WrestleMania 33 will begin on Monday (AEST) in front of 75,000 fans in Orlando.

In 2016, over 100,000 packed into Cowboys Stadium for the sports entertainment showpiece, setting a new indoor attendance record.

But just what does it feel like to walk out and perform in front of that many people?

WWE star Dean Ambrose heard his first WrestleMania crowd at New York’s MetLife Stadium in 2013, when he made his debut as part of The Shield, alongside Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.

The trio were being snuck out from a backstage area so they could perform their traditional entrance through the crowd. They were placed in a holding area waiting for the music to hit, signalling their entrance, but Ambrose says the wall of noise that met the stars was unlike anything he’d experienced before.

“We just walked underneath the stadium and came out but there was no music playing yet or anything — we were just getting staged,” Ambrose recalls.

“Once we got out into the stadium, there was this buzz, a vibration that you could feel, literally feel in your body, when no music was playing, no nothing.

“It was just the rumble of 80,000 people. It creates such a physical buzz of energy that will always stand out to me, I will never forget it.”

A WrestleMania appearance solidified a dream come true for the former WWE champion, given Ambrose’s love of wrestling career was fostered while watching some of the great WrestleMania moments in his youth.

“I liked the Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels Ironman match (from WrestleMania 12), it was one of my favourites. I used to watch that over and over and over when I was a little kid,” Ambrose says.

‘It was very impressive to me the whole Ironman thing and Bret Hart-Austin (WrestleMania 13), that was just a great intense, awesome match. Two of my favourites and standouts.”

The 31-year-old is entering his fifth WrestleMania and will defend his Intercontinental Title against Baron Corbin at WrestleMania, but there’s another match he’ll be keeping a close eye on come Monday.

“I’d like to see what kind of weird stuff Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton get into. I feel like it’s a very weird situation going on,” Ambrose said.

“Houses are being burnt down, ghosts, witches apparently, I feel like something cool is going to happen”.

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Apr 1 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles

Dean spoke with The Sun UK at the Wrestlemania Media Morning, and recalled a scary story from the week before! Yikes!

DEAN Ambrose has revealed he almost DIED a week before WrestleMania in a horror mountain bike crash.

The WWE superstar – who faces bitter rival Baron Corbin in Orlando, Florida, this Sunday – is a huge off-track cycling fan in his spare time.

But he has told how he thought he was going to be killed after flipping 8FT in the air ahead of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals‘. The 31-year-old also thought he would get a dressing down by the WWE after taking the injury risk ahead of WrestleMania.

Ambrose told The Sun: “I’m big into mounting biking. I actually crashed my mountain bike about a week ago very badly. “I thought I was going to die. I fell over the handlebars, full on ninja roll, I flew like 8ft into the air.

“I thought I probably shouldn’t be doing this a week before WrestleMania. You have to immediately get back on.

“I crashed on a downhill, you have to just continue. If you stop and think about it too long you’ll psych yourself out.

“You’ll never be able to do anything again. You’ve just got to not think. It’s like jumping off a ladder or climbing a cage.”

Ambrose is aiming to end his feud with 6ft 8inch Corbin this weekend by putting him out of action for months in a brutal match.

He added: “Nobody cares what he has to say. He’s a very dry individual, he’s a real wet blanket of a person.

“A big, ugly bully like that who likes to walk around and steal people’s lunch money, miserable, woke up on the wrong side of the bed, if anything I should take him under my wing.

“I should teach him to have a better attitude about things, have some fun, walking around with a frown on your face the whole time.

Ambrose, who is fighting for the Intercontinental Championship, added: “Before I can teach him to live life with a bit more positivity, I have to break his nose, his fingers and hopefully his leg.
“I’m planning on breaking his leg, I’m going to try really hard. I’m hoping the trainers don’t tape his leg up too much.

“I know he’s got big, long, goofy limbs. He’s like a tall, flightless bird, like a flamingo. I’m gonna see what damage I can do.”

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Mar 17 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles

Another article from the European conference call last week, a little more of the same, you can check out an interesting excerpt below and read the full article HERE

The life of a WWE Superstar is a grueling one. In recent times Dean has been called on to do ‘double duty’, wrestling in two matches, in two cities, on the same night. How does any athlete cope with such a schedule while trying to stay in top form?

“Several times I’ve been up first in one town, wrestled 20 minutes… and then got on a plane, and walked into the main event in a different building, in a different town that same night. We do 14 straight nights wrestling in Europe before we get on a plane for Saudi Arabia or England. You have to figure out your own rhythm, and make sure you get a good work out in when you are home because you never know when you will be able to (find a gym) on the road,” says Dean.

Often, the WWE Superstars make the best of a difficult situation on the road. No gym available? No problem!

“Sometimes if there’s no gym available, we get to the arena early and we run the stairs, or we find an area of the building to do some running,” shares Dean. “The thing with working out, both for athletes and people in general, is that if you want to find the time to do it you will. It’s a learning curve but you figure it out as you go along.”

Mar 16 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles

More from the European conference call last week, this time the UK’s Daily Star covers Dean’s thoughts on Wrestlemania, Smackdown Vs RAW and… jeans?

Making a long-awaited debut in Britain’s only print wrestling column is WWE Intercontinental Champ Dean Ambrose, an interview which is long overdue.

Emerging from the fractious chrysalis of the Shield with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, Dean was swift to carve himself a niche and distinct character in the torrid pastures of the WWE hierarchy.

Now, readers will know that the jeans have never been FT’s favourite thing.

Every match is not a street fight and I don’t care if you are a “lunatic” – but let’s play fair: if Luke Harper can do it, so can Ambrose.

Ambrose’s dodgy denim is at least fresh off the washing line. In six years in WWE, Ambrose has a haul of titles – one world belt, two IC belts, one US title reign and a Money in the Bank win to his name.

Wrestlemania this year, his fifth, will likely see him face Baron Corbin in a less high-profile encounter than perhaps he’s used to, having had Brock Lesnar and IC Ladder Match to play with in the past two years.

“It’s more a test for him to see what he can bring to the table. I go out there and wing it so much, I like to fly by the seat of my pants,” begins the 31-year-old.

The aforementioned Harper has far more reason to feel hard done by in terms of title opportunities than Ambrose in the view of this column, but Ambrose says he’s laid back about everything and enjoying the wild ride.

“It’s the time of year where there’s incentive. There is a different energy when you show up to the buildings.

“Yes, there is that extra energy and yes, it is the biggest show of the year, but it’s one of 300 other shows during the year.

“I feel you’re burning out your mental energy if you think about it too much. I like to take it one day at a time.”

While we are on the subject of Harper, Dean shares a compelling tale about Mania back in Florida in 2015 when he found himself power-bombed through a ladder by the big man in the signature high spot in the ladder match.

That wasn’t the worst part, though, he reveals today! “I had a gash in the back of my head and I didn’t know.

“So I’m lying there, chilling, in this heap of metal, and the doctor runs over and he says, ‘OMG, you’re cut really bad!’ I think he thought I was going to try to get back up and try to re-enter the ring.

“He told me we were going to have to staple it, so I was like, “OK”. So he says, ‘Here we go… 3, 2, 1’.

“That was a thous and times worse than getting power-bombed on the ladder! I was expecting three quick staples and no pain whatsoever!

“Then after the match I had to have them taken out and put back in again. “That was the most painful thing that happened to me in a match and no-one even saw it.”

And as for the Smackdown Live brand in its competition with RAW, Ambrose argues there is no ‘B’ show.

“I don’t really pay too much attention to what’s going on with RAW,” he says.

“I think Randy’s match with Bray is a testament to how people have gotten into the stories and interaction between Superstars on Smackdown.”

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Mar 15 17
Published by Jen, Filed in Articles

Another in the series of interviews Dean conducted last week during a group conference call, a large portion of this article is basically a transcript of the Top Turnbuckle Podcast, CatchNewz and Planeta Wrestling audio interviews but still makes for an interesting read, check out some highlights below. You can read the full original article HERE

Ambrose’s blue-collar approach has been gold for WWE
There’s nothing fancy about World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Dean Ambrose.

He doesn’t wear elaborate ring attire, opting instead for a tank top and jeans. He doesn’t toss around fancy catchphrases or cut long promos. He prefers to keep it simple. Yet the one thing that does stand out about the 31-year-old Cincinnati native is his work ethic, which is second to none. That work ethic has led to a lot of success in the WWE. So when asked during an international conference call ahead of WrestleMania 33 what fans can expect from Dean Ambrose in Florida on April 2, his answer was simple, yet telling.

“Expect the same thing at WrestleMania that you get from me every single night,” he said. “I go out there and let it all hang out, whether I’m wrestling one guy, two guys, four guys, whether a guy’s seven-foot tall or 400 pounds or whatever. I go out there and let it all hang out every night. I’m not happy unless, after turning in a 100 per cent effort, it’s always 100 miles an hour coming back to the locker room, sweating and bleeding and feeling good about it.”

Effort has always been a staple of Dean Ambrose’s career. After signing with WWE and working in its previous development territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, he and fellow FCW standouts Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins debuted at the Survivor Series pay-per-view in 2012, something of a rarity for young talent.

“It was a different time,” Ambrose said of making the leap from developmental to debut at a major pay-per-view. “Now, younger superstars have got to get their experience on the big stage at NXT and they get to learn the ropes there on a bigger platform and just kind of transition over to WWE main shows. Back then, we were just nobodies who were training at a little warehouse in Florida, wrestling in front of 30 people, and nobody knew who we were. We were complete nobodies and we walked right into the main event scene.”

In fact, Ambrose said, their debut signified the end of an era as not long after, WWE turned its developmental system into the current NXT, which has TV, pay-per-views, live events and is a completely separate and popular brand for WWE.

“I don’t know if any other three guys could have handled that the same way we did,” he said. “Nobody will ever be thrown to the wolves again the way were, when we were brought up. We just got tossed right in, we just got tossed right into the deep end of the pool and it was sink or swim, and all of us have been swimming ever since.”

Indeed. Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose have been main event players in the WWE since, and all three have held the WWE world title.

Since breaking away from his cohorts in The Shield in 2014, Ambrose has emerged as one of the most popular and reliable performers in WWE, winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, along with two reigns as Intercontinental champ and is a Money in the Bank winner. He’s also become one of the top stars on Smackdown Live, which became its own brand after a roster split in 2016.

Being part of the rise in popularity of Smackdown Live has been special, Ambrose admitted.

“I’ve never looked at it like, ‘Okay, I want to beat Raw. This is a competition thing.’ But you do have to take a certain pride in your work,” he said. “With Smackdown … we see the audience grow on these shows every week. It’s a live event. The crowd is really into the feuds and the rivalries, and they’re really into what they’re seeing on TV and the stories, and they’re really starting to sink their teeth into stuff. As a locker room, we might beat each other every night, but I think there’s been big swell of pride in the Smackdown locker room. It’s a really great crew of guys, it’s one of the best locker rooms that I’ve ever been a part of — maybe the best locker room that I’ve ever been a part of.”
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