Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Debut: 2005 WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: WWE World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship, Intercontinental Championship (x2) WWE Titles Holding: Intercontinental 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!
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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:
‘IT’S AN ENERGY THAT WILL ALWAYS STAND OUT’
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”.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 By JAN MURPHY
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.” Continue reading »
Dean conducted another interview with FoxSports Italy and discussed dream Wrestlemania matches, Brock Lesnar, The Shield and more. The interview can be read in its original Italian format HERE. Thanks to Twitter user DeniPivato who translated it into English for us here on the site.
WWE, Dean Ambrose at FOXSports.it: “The Shield reunion? Who knows…” SmackDown’s Intercontinental champion gets ready for WM33 and his challenge with Baron Corbin: “It looks that way but I expected anything from this event..”
One time world heavyweight champion and United States champion and two times Intercontinental champion. Since his debut in WWE in 2011, hardly Dean Ambrose didn’t play an important role in the word of wrestling owned by Vince McMahon. He made it thanks to his wild and crazy attitude, he is well known as the lunatic fringe. He’s chaotic and impulsive, unpredictable and capable of everything, winning or losing against everyone. The lunatic fringe had a lot of glorious moments including winning the 2016 money in the bank, and for the first time he will enter WM 33 as a champion.
The interview was made a few hours before smack down live, where the ex member of the shield continued his feud with Baron Corbin who attacked Dean Ambrose in the backstage area with an iron bar and tried to squash/press him with a fork lift before referees could stop it.
1) Even if it’s not official, at WM 33 The two men will face each other with the Intercontinental title on the line: Dean: That is true, but if he truly wants my title he has to earn it and prove who he really is. Baron Corbin is one of the toughest men on smackdown, but he must show the wwe universe what he’s made of. In any case, I don’t know what’s going to happen at Wrestlemania. I am not even sure if I will face one, two or three opponents in Orlando. Thats the WWE, you never know what’s coming for you, and who you’ll go against; but I’m sure Wrestlemania Will be an unforgettable night. This is our day.
2) And for the first time you will be at Wrestlemania as a current champion: Dean: Wow that’s true. I never got a chance to think about it, and it’s crazy. I’m proud of myself, I’ve worked so hard to earn this title and well, I hope I deserve it. It’s weird because this is a title that belonged to “hard workers” like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. I also think I’m a wrestler that fights every day to create a reputation. Continue reading »
Dean had a quick chat with Sportskeeda.com and talked Shield reunions and heel turns!
Just weeks away from WrestleMania 33, we briefly spoke to WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose about his thoughts on a potential heel turn in the future, his opinion on a Shield reunion and a whole lot more.
Q: You’ve been a babyface for a while now. What are your thoughts about a heel turn in the future? A: I go out there and just try to be myself. Whatever mood I’m in is kind of the version of me you’re going to get that day. I go out and do me and what I feel like and I don’t really think too much about it. There’s a lot I still want to do in my career and there’s going to be a whole other chapter in the future.
Q: Is there anyone in the WWE you haven’t faced in the ring yet and would like to face?
A: I watch a lot of these guys on SmackDown Live. I really like watching American Alpha – they’re really coming up and they’re good and they’re only going to get better. They’re hitting on all cylinders right now and they have such a good and fun style to watch. It’s so exciting and it’s such good action. I just really enjoy watching them. They’re the best examples of two guys who are a tag team. Maybe I’ll team up with them or get myself a partner for a while – explore what I can do with those guys.
Q: What are your thoughts about a Shield reunion in the future?
A: You never know. I don’t think anybody’s thinking about it right now. You have to give me a ‘why’ before I tell you if it’s a good idea. So I’ll just give you a ‘never say never’. Who knows.
Dean conducted an interview with the LA Times, regarding the Royal Rumble and the hype surrounding it, as well as participating in Total Divas and what the future holds, check it out below!
In the Royal Rumble, 30 wrestlers enter the ring, one every two minutes, until there is one left standing. Last year, Dean Ambrose was one of the last two before he was tossed out by Triple H. This year, however, everyone seems to be overlooking him.
In a phone interview, Ambrose discussed this Sunday’s Royal Rumble along with his newfound role on the TV show “Total Divas.”
Q. You almost won the Royal Rumble last year, but so far this year, all the hype has been about Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg and The Undertaker. Are you feeling a little overlooked? A: That’s part of the reason for my success. You’ve got all these dinosaurs roaming the land, Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, the Wyatts and all these guys and I kind of fly under the radar. That’s what happened last year. All these top-heavy guys are tipping over the top rope and I’m just hanging on like a cockroach. Sometimes that’s not a bad thing, you know? I might just play a game and tie myself to the bottom rope and try to be inconspicuous until it gets down to the last couple of guys.
Q. I know that some wrestlers in the past have said that when they became WWE champion, they didn’t realize that put on them. You were champion for a while. Did you feel any extra pressure?
A. Not really. I’ve stepped up into a role where I have taken responsibility as the guy who has to do it. That’s how it has been for me always. I’m more comfortable there than anywhere else. I like wrestling 30 minutes a night. I like, at the end of the night, to be walking back to the locker room limping and sweating, spitting blood out of my mouth. I’ve been doing this for a long time and it comes naturally.
Q. Do you ever see yourself retiring?
A. I do. I know a lot of guys say that when they are younger “I’m gonna get it, get my money and get out” and then end up wrestling until their 50. But that could end up being me too. I can tell you I want to get out early and end up eating my own words. All of a sudden I’m 50 and I’m still walking out there. At this point I see myself retiring and disappearing into the ether way before anyone would expect. And when I am done, I will be gone.
Q. Well, not too soon, right?
A. I could totally see myself limping down the aisle when I’m 60, jumping off the top rope and breaking my hip. I could be a hilarious geriatric wrestler.
Q. When you are in the Rumble and there are nine or 10 other guys in the ring, it looks like a situation ripe for injury because you can’t possibly watch everything. What is it like?
A. You have to have your head on a swivel, eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head kind of thing. It is very easy to get hurt in a match like the Royal Rumble. It seems very run of the mill, but it’s always the stupid stuff where you get hurt. You’re backing up and someone else is backing up too and you step on their ankle and your ankle gets broken and you are out for six months. Catch an errant elbow in the back of the head and you get a concussion. And there’s all these big dinosaurs in there, I’m like the tiny animal running between their legs. In a situation like the Rumble, I’m looking around constantly and keeping my back against a rope as much as possible so I can see what’s going on.
Q. My wife is a huge fan of “Total Divas” and loves your appearances on the show. What’s it like being on a show most wouldn’t associate with you?
A. It’s a lot of fun. Hey, if they want to pay me to hang out with my girlfriend, act like a goofball and drink margaritas, I’d be an idiot to say no to that.
Dean had a chat with Joshua Caudill of craveonline.com and talked connecting to the fans, being ‘Put on blast’ and finally winning the WWE championship. Check it out below and original link at the bottom!
As WWE wraps up the summer with one of its premier PPVs this Sunday in Brooklyn, it will also serve as the setting for Dean Ambrose to further his championship run and write another chapter in his whirlwind journey.
After taking a backseat to two of his former Shield brothers the past year, Ambrose seized his opportunity a mere two months ago by cashing-in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After being drafted to be the face of SmackDown Live and a successful title defense against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, Ambrose is staking his claim as WWE’s top man.
It’s a position that Ambrose gladly welcomes but one he never thought would be thrust upon him. Nevertheless, the laid back superstar has plans for staying true to his nature and as he prepares to defend his title against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, Ambrose took a moment to open up about his match, winning the WWE title, the difficulty of wrestling in jeans and what he does to escape the madness of being in the ring.
CraveOnline: This Sunday at SummerSlam, you defend your WWE World Heavyweight Champion against Dolph Ziggler. What are your thoughts on Ziggler as your opponent? Dean Ambrose: I was very excited to see Dolph Ziggler come out of that No. 1 contender deal to challenge me at SummerSlam. Ziggler is one of those guys who don’t get all of the credit he deserves for being so good consistently for so long. Every single night for years, he’s out there busting his ass and tearing it up and keeping his nose to the grindstone. I like having that attitude and work ethic because when you bring that to the ring with the same mindset you can create something special.
I also like that we’re representing SmackDown Live. There’s an attitude and an excitement on that team because it’s a new thing, it’s a live show on Tuesdays and we’re going to try and built it into something. Plus, we’re trying to stake our claim to see who’s the leader on that team and both Ziggler and me want to stake our claim as the main guy on SmackDown Live.
CraveOnline: SummerSlam is one of the top shows of the year. As a performer, do you feel the need to step it up a notch or is it business as usual? Dean Ambrose: There are times when you got to put a little “extra” in especially on a card at WrestleMania or SummerSlam because it’s no time to hold anything back. You have to pull out all of the stops. The thing about Dolph [Ziggler] and me is that we really never hold back anyways. Whether we’re in Paducah, Kentucky or WrestleMania, we go out there to lay it all on the line and I think that grassroots of busting our ass from the bottom to the top attitude is what got us to this title match at SummerSlam.
CraveOnline: You have mentioned your admiration for the way the old NWA champions carried themselves with the title. Now you’re the WWE Champion and the face of SmackDown. What does that feel like internally for you? Dean Ambrose: It feels like a responsibility. It’s like I’ve been given the keys to a very nice car or something. The WWE Championship is the greatest championship in the history of this sport. It has the most history of anything. You go back to Bruno Sammartino and uniting the titles in the 2000s to the first undisputed title, it’s a ‘grade A’ championship. You can’t go out there and be a goofball. You have to represent like a true main eventer.
CraveOnline: There has been a connection between you and the fans throughout this journey of you getting to the ‘top of the mountain.’ What do you think drives that connection? Dean Ambrose: Anybody can come in and be hot for a day or a week or a month or something but I’ve had my ups and downs as you know. But when you spend enough time in people’s homes because we’re on TV every week and they see you go through your journey, they feel like they know you. A lot of people feel they spend enough time watching me go through the good, the bad and the ugly so they feel like they know me and are a part of it. I’m kind of like a part of people’s families. You can’t buy that kind of connection with people.
You can’t really imagine until you get in that position where you meet these people all around the world and you’ve helped them get through some tragedy or gave them motivation. I get stuff from dads saying their sons and them watch every week and that’s their father and son thing they do and they thank me for that, for giving them something to connect with their sons and how they’re creating memories. I didn’t plan on doing any of that but it’s the position I was given. That stuff is important. Continue reading »
WWE.com has an article up looking back on the ten best bouts of the year so far, with two of Dean’s matches making the list! Read what was said about those two matches below and head over to WWE.com to see which others made the top ten.
8. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens — Money in the Bank Ladder Match; WWE Money in the Bank
If there is such a thing as a glass ceiling, Dean Ambrose had been slamming his head against it for a solid year leading up to this star-making match for The Lunatic Fringe. But to highlight Ambrose’s ultimate Money in the Bank victory — and subsequent cash-in — would do a disservice to the magnificent performances of Chris Jericho, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, all of whom laid their bodies on the line in the most inventive fashion possible to reach the proverbial next rung. Dean-o’s victory was sweet, to be sure, but anybody here would have been a worthy champion-in-waiting. To quote one of the participants: Drink it in, man.
7. Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose — WWE Championship Match; WWE Roadblock
While Triple H’s WrestleMania challenger, Roman Reigns, was sidelined with an injury, The Game might have thought he had an easy Road to WrestleMania to look forward to. Dean Ambrose made sure that didn’t happen, hounding The King of Kings into a title defense at WWE Roadblock and coming one technicality away from stealing the gold for himself. Apart from being a top-tier performance from both Superstars, it’s tempting to look back at this as a moment of clarity for Ambrose, who fell short of the ultimate prize once more, but would not do so again.
It’s been a hot minute since we last had an article from our resident thinkpiece writer Austin Skinner. But he’s back and taking a look at recent events, specially, Dean’s huge title win! Check it out and feel free to leave your thoughts in comments or on social media!
Ascending the Mountain(s) By Austin Skinner
Wow. Here we are fellow inmates! Our favorite lunatic has finally reached the very top of the mountain as THE man of the WWE. That’s right, no false captures, Authority power plays, or near wins for Mox this time! It’s real. After what feels so long overdue, Dean Ambrose has finally graced our living rooms as the official (and rightful) WWE Champion. So, before we all have to pinch ourselves and wake up from this fever dream of the lunatic running the asylum, let’s take a victory lap around memory lane! After all, champions aren’t just made overnight…
By now, it is common knowledge that Dean Ambrose is our new WWE Champion and for the moment, all is right in the Ambrose Asylum. However, Dean has been atop several similar mountains before. Though smaller, climbing these previous mountains we’re still very significant in shaping his career. So, to celebrate Ambrose’s long, long journey, I figured why not revisit all times he was crowed a World Heavyweight Champion previous to his most recent with the WWE! It is a rich history and one any Dean Ambrose fan should really know, especially if you decided to skip past the stats section of Dean-Ambrose.net. Across the independent scene from 2006 to 2011, Ambrose (then Jon Moxley) won a total of seven world titles! And for those keeping score, that’s almost one world championship reign a year. Not too shabby for a twenty-something with only a few years of experience under his belt (no pun intended)!
At the tender age of twenty, Jon Moxley would capture his first world title, the Heartland Wrestling Association Heavyweight Championship. After a few months of growing and learning in HWA, Mox progressed to the top of the card rather quickly. A little after two years since his debut, Moxley began challenging top contenders in a chase for the HWA Heavyweight Championship. He would earn the opportunity to square off with then-champion Pepper Parks on May 9, 2006. He would dethrone Pepper and hold his first major title for a little over four months before losing it to long-time rival Chad Collyer on September 12 that same year. However, he would end 2006 as a two-time HWA Heavyweight Champion, once again defeating Parks on December 30 for the title.
Unfortunately, Mox would go on to lose the championship three days later on January 2, 2007, to Brian Jennings. Following these two reigns, Moxley would shift his focus for awhile, doing some travelling around and exploring other areas of the sport. But, by 2010, Jon Moxley pretty much became a collector of big-time belts. First, Jon would set his sites on recapturing his HWA Heavyweight Championship for a third time. On January 6, 2010, Mox would cash in his “Pick Your Poison” championship opportunity on Aaron Williams, who he would go on to defeat to once again be crowed as champion. Another lengthy reign as the man of HWA would follow only to be cut short by July, thanks to Gerome Phillips.
2010 would mark the last year Jon Moxley would be HWA Heavyweight Champion, but the first year he’d win a major title with other wrestling promotions. While simultaneously being Heavyweight Champion of the Heartland Wrestling Association, Mox would try his hand at becoming the Combat Zone Wrestling World heavyweight Champion. His goal would become realized at the CZW 11th Anniversary Show on February 12, 2010, where Jon Moxley would defeat B-Boy for the CZW World Heavyweight Championship! However, this would revive a feud between him and Nick Gage that would ultimately end up costing Moxley the title in August of 2010.
Continuing the feud with arguably his greatest CZW opponent would lead Jon Moxley to a three-way dance held on August 14, where he would regain the CZW World Heavyweight Championship from Gage. This would mark his second reign as CZW World Heavyweight champion, which would last another similar six months. Ironically, at the CZW 12th Anniversary show held on February 12, 2011 (the same event held a year earlier where Moxley won his first CZW World title), Moxley lost the CZW World Heavyweight Championship to Robert Anthony. This would be the final time he’d hold CZW’s most prized title.
Although, around the same time in 2010 as he was the reigning HWA Heavyweight Champion and CZW World heavyweight Champion, “The Street Dog” ventured to Insanity Pro Wrestling in a hunt for their coveted IPW World Heavyweight Championship. He would further round out his collection of world titles with the winning of said championship in March of 2010. This would mark his fifth world championship win, across four years and three different companies. Mox would go on to hold the IPW World Heavyweight Championship for almost a full calendar year before he lost it on January 1, 2011, to Jimmy Jacobs (who he had been feuding with all along) in a dog collar match after the referee was forced to stop the bout.
During his time in Full Impact Pro, Moxley would defeat Roderick Strong to win the vacant FIP World Heavyweight Championship on April 17, 2010. So, let’s get this straight. In 2010, Jon Moxley was HWA Heavyweight Champion, CZW World Heavyweight Champion, IPW World Heavyweight Champion, and FIP World Heavyweight Champion simultaneously for a few months is 2010… All by age twenty-five! It’s pretty crazy to think about. Nonetheless, Mox would vacate his final independent world title, the FIP World Heavyweight Championship, with his signing of a developmental deal with the WWE, as a part of their Florida Championship Wrestling brand.
The King of the Indies headed for bigger and better things, leaving quite a path of great conquest in his wake, and the rest is really history. In five years, he had been a world champion a total of seven times for four different promotions across the United States. 2010 was easily the most predominant of the lot, with a total of five of the seven reigns being held in that year. So, now lets fast forward to today. Dean is no stranger to being the man for the company he represents and has been atop several mountains before he was able to conquer the big one at WWE Money In The Bank this past June. Though the climb was a time-consuming and treacherous one filled with road block after road block and betrayal after betrayal, our man was finally able to get the job done… And how sweet of a job he did. He has ascended the greatest mountain of them all, and stands atop it tall.
Were you surprised to see Dean Ambrose successfully cash in his Money in the Bank the same night he won it?
What World Championship reign Dean lays claim to has been your favorite thus far?
Two years removed from the unforgettable rupture of The Shield, newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose faces his fellow former Hounds of Justice Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground.
A three-way showdown among Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns seemed inevitable from the moment Rollins stabbed his brothers in the back, dissolving the once-dominant faction. Less expected was that it would be The Lunatic Fringe sitting in the catbird position as defending champion. Yet, Ambrose earned that accolade at WWE Money in the Bank, winning the event’s namesake match and cashing in his guaranteed championship match contract that same night against Rollins, who himself had just pinned Reigns to regain the title.
The cyclonic turn of events turned WWE on its head and underscored what everyone already knew: Competition among the former Shield allies runs deep and is full of parity.
So evenly matched are the Superstars that a single No. 1 contender could not be named the following night on Raw, when The Big Dog and The Architect jockeyed for the right to challenge Ambrose. As the thrilling match reached its crescendo, Reigns Speared Rollins onto the Spanish announce table and neither Superstar could beat the referee’s 10-count.
Even though no decisive winner was declared, Ambrose proved himself to be a fighting champion right away, volunteering to take on both Reigns and Rollins on Sunday, July 24.
With that, the table is now set for one of the most anticipated WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Matches of all time. Which ex-Hound of Justice will prove his supremacy at WWE Battleground? Will it be the rebuilt and redesigned Architect, eager to win back the title he trained so hard to reclaim, only to lose it moments later? Will The Big Dog use his punishing strength to dismantle both friend (Ambrose) and foe (Rollins)? Or might the match’s Lunatic Fringe remind those who know him best just how dangerous he can be?
Watch the Shield showdown that has been years in the making when WWE Battleground airs live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, July 24, at 8 ET/5 PT.