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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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.
You know that old expressions about inmates and asylums? Looks like life is about to imitate adages at Extreme Rules, because noted maniac Dean Ambrose has not only plumbed the depths of his mind to concoct the first-ever Asylum Match, he’s also convinced Chris Jericho to be his opponent in it.
Granted, he didn’t exactly explain what the match was when he challenged The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla. All that was clear was that their rivalry had gotten so heated that “The Best in the World at What He Does” would have gladly accepted any kind of contest The Lunatic Fringe placed before him. Still, even by the standards of the extreme, this Asylum Match is a nightmare: The bout is, in essence, a Steel Cage Match, but with various weapons suspended above the structure that encases the dueling Superstars. The “escape the cage” stipulation is also off the table; the only way to win the Asylum Match is to pin opponent or make him submit.
The accommodations sound right up Ambrose’s alley, if not quite his opponent’s. Jericho has been more concerned with preserving “The Gift of Jericho” by batting away perceived social media slights than reinforcing his reputation in the ring (his last contest was actually his loss to Ambrose at WWE Payback), but the inflation of his ego has made him a riper target than usual for Ambrose’s insanity. And even though Ambrose’s insults have varied toward the petty — shredding Jericho’s jacket was hardly a career-ender — the former Intercontinental Champion has shown he can be very creative when provoked, and Jericho likely coaxed the true madness out of Ambrose when he trapped Dean in a straitjacket on SmackDown.
Now, with the blessing of Shane McMahon, Jericho may well have to pay for it. The Lunatic Fringe has free reign to do whatever he wants to Jericho and, thus far, seems to have chosen his strategy wisely by first targeting his pride. Jericho can and will be provoked to new planes of cruelty by a few well-placed insults, but pain is what takes Ambrose to the next level. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this Asylum Match is that The Lunatic Fringe is free to receive and give punishment in turn, and he’s more than happy to do both. When it comes to sadistic, unrelenting brutality, it’s entirely possible that history will look back on this match and say that Ambrose may as well have invented it.
The Lunatic Fringe and Chris Jericho unleash the madness in WWE’s first Asylum Match at Extreme Rules, live this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.
It’s official! Shane McMahon announced that Dean Ambrose will feud with Chris Jericho at WWE Payback.
Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho’s rivalry may have started with just subtle signs of tension, but it has quickly intensified into a bitter conflict, as they prepare to settle their differences at WWE Payback on Sunday, May 1, live on the award-winning WWE Network.
Did animosity between The Lunatic Fringe and WWE’s first Undisputed Champion truly begin – as Jericho himself suggested – on the April 7 SmackDown? The Ayotollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla made his entrance for Thursday night’s main event as a victorious Ambrose was still making his way back to the locker room after his contest. This encounter was questionable at the very least, and could easily be construed as a sign of disrespect, especially coming from an arrogant veteran such as Jericho.
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There is, however, a chance these two Superstars’ disdain for one another began all the way back at WWE Night of Champions 2015, when they fought on the same side, along with Roman Reigns, in a losing effort against The Wyatt Family. After the bout, the nine-time Intercontinental Champion shoved his way past the former Shield members, walking up the ramp in a huff. Regardless of whether this or their recent SmackDown exchange sparked the hostility between Ambrose and Jericho, either way, these two in-ring greats clearly just don’t like each other.
The always unpredictable Ambrose raised tensions further on the April 11 Raw when he interrupted Jericho’s famed “Highlight Reel” segment to deliver a letter from Shane McMahon, which stated that the Fozzy rocker’s talk show had been cancelled in favor of the unstable Superstar’s debuting “Ambrose Asylum.” This – along with a subsequent Dirty Deeds to the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion – left the foes at a point of no return.
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On the April 18 Raw in London, Shane McMahon made sure the WWE Universe would see these adversaries clash in a dream matchup, by officially pitting the two against one another at WWE Payback. Can Ambrose bring the cocky Jericho’s out-of-control ego down a few notches, or will The Man of 1,004 holds prove once again that he truly is The Best in the World At What He Does? Find out live on WWE Network Sunday, May 1, at 8 ET/5 PT.
Dean talks about preparing for his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32, his character development, being compared to and getting compliments from old school wrestlers, and his thoughts on social media.
Since being a part of the WWE in 2011, Dean Ambrose has seen his career develop quickly. After debuting in The Shield, Ambrose has become one of the most known single’s wrestlers in the WWE Universe. Fast forward to 2016, Ambrose has a big task ahead with Brock Lesnar in his sights for WrestleMania 32. He took some time to talk to FanSided about his upcoming match, his character development, and his resentment for social media.
WrestleMania 32 is this Sunday and you are facing The Beast Brock Lesnar in a “No Holds Barred” match. In your previous WrestleMania matches, you participated in a ladder match and tag team matches. How do you prepare for this fight with not only taking on Brock Lesnar, but a singles match?
Fighting Brock Lesnar is different than fighting anyone else on the earth. He’s a freak of nature and a destructive force. Even having a physical confrontation with him is like having a match. Compared to a Hell in the Cell, TLC, Last Man Standing or any gimmick you want to throw out there being in the ring with him is different. The things he can do to you with his skill set and physical attributes it’s the most vicious thing he can do to you.
I’m trying to live life to the fullest. That’s just how I roll. You don’t what feeling alive is like until you put yourself until you are put in a danger of death. I don’t know how it came about, but it seems like my entire life I’ve been searching for the most dangerous match possible and I think I may have found it.
In terms of preparing for this, I don’t there is anything you can do. I don’t think people understand how the kind of mental state you have to be in to go into a Street Fight with Brock Lesnar. With 100,000 people at the arena and the millions watching on the WWE Network, I don’t think I have gotten there yet. You gotta be like screw it and whatever happens, happens. I embrace the thought of living close to the edge. For me, it could be a long night but it could be the ultimate thrill or ultimate rush. I might be executed in front of the world and it’s pretty hilarious. It’s a crazy scenario and it gets me all excited just thinking about it.
I’m ready to go 24/7, that’s my thing. He’s eat, sleep, suplex, repeat but I’ve been the workhorse for the company the last year. I haven’t had time to train or relax because I’m wrestling and getting beat up every single day. I am in a constantly in a state of readiness. I’m constantly throwing punches, getting thrown around and the difference is doing it in a different location. So in some ways, it’s the same things I’ve been doing every single day.
With the injury bug hitting in the WWE at an impromptu time, you have been one of the focus of the WWE Universe and the business side as somebody they can lean on. You have been compared to Mick Foley and Brian Pillman to name a few at points in their prime. Is there any pressure being compared to those names or is it more of honor and privilege to be mentioned with those former wrestlers?
Everybody keeps comparing me to different type of people. I don’t try to be like anyone currently, or anyone previously. I don’t try to copy and mold myself as somebody that was here before me. I throw a lot of punches so they say I’m Stone Cold, I can absorb an enormous amount of pain so they call me Mick Foley. I like to yell and scream and don’t have a filter on my mouth, so I’m Terry Funk. People will call me crazy and nuts, so I’m Brian Pillman. That’s all good and fine but I’m doing what I do. I don’t try to be anything other than myself. I look in the mirror every day knowing that I’m doing things for me and no one else.
I like to think that it’s pretty nice that I get a lot of compliments from the old school guys. I think they know I’m a little of an old school guy myself and they see a little bit of what old school wrestling used to be.
It was cool for Terry Funk to come all the way to Philadelphia to film that little bit. The things they tell me make me feel good knowing that I am being myself and not trying to live up to anyone else’s career. I’m not doing this to appease what anyone else thinks. I’m being me.
The Shield was the groundbreaking for you coming into the WWE. While being in the group the focus was on the development as a team and individual character storylines weren’t the priority. Do you think splitting away from the group has helped your character better develop more of a backstory and storylines?
The Shield itself was a character. It was like a three-headed dog character. At different points, we may have tried to do individual things and go on separate routes. But at the end of the day it was just too hard and it never fully came into fruition. I think the last year where I was in a tag team with Roman Reigns is what we may have strived for. But when we were all together it wasn’t going to happen because we were just this three-headed monster. But that is why it worked so well, though, the solidarity. It seems like it was a lifetime ago.
Social media is something that has taken the WWE by storm. But you haven’t committed to it and refuse to join any of networks that are available. Has that stance changed at all or are you still refusing to resume your social media activity?
That will never change. I don’t care about social media, like social media or even understanding social media.
I don’t care plain and simple. I could care less about social media and anything that goes along with it.
Dean Ambrose talks Wrestlemania 32 and what it will be like to face Brock Lesnar with no rules on Sunday night
Dean Ambrose is considered one of the top talents in WWE nad has a chance to become a superstar this Sunday when he faces Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 32. Ambrose grew up on the independent circuit in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, before making his WWE debut as part of “The Shield” faction alongside Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Now he’s considered one of the faces of WWE after his run as Intercontinental champion and a series of extremely well received matches against Kevin Owens.
This weekend, Ambrose will face the former UFC champion and WWE champion in a ‘no holds barred street fight’ that promises to be one of the most highly anticipated matches of the card, not to mention a brutal and punishing display of physicality from both men. Ambrose spoke to FOX Sports about WrestleMania 32, how he’s managed to avoid injuries, working with legends of the ring and how he matches up with Lesnar.
FOX Sports: Obviously big match coming up, WrestleMania is right around the corner, how are you feeling about this big event?
Dean Ambrose: Feeling good. I’m constantly in a state of readiness. That’s the way I’ve been going for the past two or three years. Especially in the last year, on the road 300 plus days a year — “Main Event,” “RAW,” “Smackdown,” house shows — whatever it is. Tag matches, singles matches, three-way, four-way, cage matches, whatever it is. On one hand, I’ll be limping into WrestleMania, but on the other hand I’m very sharpened and battle hardened and war ready. It will be the biggest night of the year, one of the biggest shows of all time, a billion people watching on TV. But on the other hand, once you get used to all the outside pressures and obligations that come along with WrestleMania season, it just becomes another day at the office. A very dangerous day at the office, but there’s nothing new for me. Once the bell rings, it’s like after getting that first hit in a football game — after that, you’re in the game. If there’s any jitters, it just goes away. My adrenaline receptors are nearly burnt out. For me once that bell rings, it’s a 20×20 ring and I’m in the fight.
FS: You have such a physical style in the ring and you put your body through a lot. We’ve seen a lot of injuries lately with Seth Rollins and John Cena, so how have you kept your body together? How have you been able to stay active and stay upright while a lot of people are falling by the wayside around you? DA: A lot of that just taking care of yourself and training properly. I keep myself flexible, I just compete at my normal body weight. I’m trying to carry around an extra 30 pounds, a lot of injury-prone musculature. I keep my body in its most prime, healthy state and also I’ve just been lucky.
On the other hand, I’m also constantly hurt. I’ve been hurt for 10 years. It’s not like I’m not constantly dealing with a litany of injuries that I have myself. If it’s not one thing, it’s another thing but I’ve just been able to keep rolling. I’ve not had anything catastrophic happen to me. It’s a funny thing because it’s always like the crazy freak things. It’s not like ‘Oh he got hurt when he jumped off the top of the cage.’ It’s like ‘He got hurt stepping into the ring’ or ‘popped his shoulder out giving a high five’. It’s the little things you can’t plan for. It’s not anything that ever enters my mind.
FS: Going into WrestleMania there are a lot of eyeballs on you, and a lot of expectations and excitement around you going into the match. Do you feel that anticipation growing? And when you hear people say the future of the company lies in your hands, how do you feel about that, especially going into an event as big as this one?
DA: I feel like the present of the company lies in guys like our hands. The guys who are in the business every single day, guys like myself, Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, whoever it is, guys who are out there busting our asses every night, putting smiles on faces and putting our bodies on the line. Guys like myself and Roman Reigns, we take an ownership like these shows are our shows every night.
We feel like this company is our company. As far as WrestleMania, there’s a lot of extra excitement, there’s so much white noise and people always say stuff. I’m just worried about what I’m doing and going out there and putting on the best match that’s in front of me. When you’re going in there with Brock Lesnar, you can’t have anything else on your mind. I think that’s why I’ve been so successful is that I’m not worrying about anything. I don’t really care what anybody thinks, I don’t care what anybody else’s opinion is, I don’t care what anybody else is doing. I just go out there and do what I do and see where the chips fall. And here we are and I’m fighting Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
FS: You don’t get into this business without being a fan, so when you hear comparisons for your style to famous wrestlers from the past — and then you have guys like Terry Funk and Mick Foley talking to you going into a match like this — do you allow yourself a moment to enjoy this and revel in the fact that you are being compared to guys like that?
DA: It’s funny how comparisons go and everybody gets comparisons to everybody else, and I don’t try to pattern myself from anybody else. But I’m huge fan of the business and I’m an old-school guy so to be able to go off the cuff with Mick Foley, who shows up and wants to be a part of something. Then a guy like Terry Funk who comes all the way to Philadelphia from Amarillo cause he wants to be a part of something. It was really cool with Terry Funk because I think a lot of the old-school guys get a kick out of me and they see what pro wrestling used to be. For him to come all the way to Philadelphia and do that bit and when he walks in and sees WWE and how it is today, he’s probably thinking ‘What is all this crap?’.
To have an old-school, outlaw, cowboy professional wrestler, who is Terry Funk 24/7, the real deal, to have him in the room and the red light goes on and boom, he’s on, he’s Terry Funk. I was like ‘That’s how it’s done!’ After having a conversation with him, an old-school guy like that, that makes me know I’m on the right track and I’ve done things my way. It makes me feel good.
FS: One final question about Brock Lesnar — obviously he’s a beast inside and outside the ring. Thoughts on him and the physicality of what we’re about to see unfold on April 3?
DA: It’s the most dangerous match possible. It’s the most hardcore stuff. It could be a flaming table, ladder, exploding ring, whatever stuff you can think of and I’ve been in all of them. But there’s no more dangerous match than just being in the ring with Brock Lesnar. He is so physically overwhelming and the attributes that he has — let alone against little old me. That in itself makes it a very hazardous and dangerous situation.
I’ve often sought that out and you don’t understand living until you come really, really close to dying. I like to fly close to the edge, I like to play with fire. I’ve always kind of gotten off on that. Being in front of 100,000 fans is besides the point. The fact that it’s a street fight and not only am I going to have weapons in my hands, but you’re going to arm this guy? This guy that can break people in half with his bare hands? He touched me in the parking lot, barely even trying, and I went flying, careening across the parking lot. Now you’re going to arm him with weapons. That’s exciting. That’s what pumps me about it. It’s kill or be killed. It’s not every day you get to play a game of legit Russian roulette. It’s very exciting for me.
CBS Sports have a new article on Dean talking about his beginnings in wrestling, working on the independent circuit, making it to the WWE and his upcoming match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. Here are some highlights, head on over to their website for the full article!
On WWE programming, Ambrose doesn’t sit around waiting for good fortune. He shows up at the front door unannounced. He invites his opponent’s best shot with a sneer and a smirk. He attacks. He creates his own opportunities.
That’s why fans love Ambrose. That’s also how he made it to WWE. Tenacious and determined, he simply refused to be ignored.
“I wasn’t ‘gifted’ in the way that Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns or somebody like that is gifted, in that they got the physical attributes and so forth,” Ambrose said. “I don’t have particular born-in talents and abilities, [but I have] an aptitude for this that a lot of people don’t have, just [from] being a student of this.”
By 2004, Ambrose — then working under the name Jon Moxley — was a real-life pro wrestler on the independent circuit. He became one of the most successful indy wrestlers in the U.S., but it was a far cry from the glorious life he had imagined when he was a teen. The paychecks were modest. The travel was brutal. Instead of performing in spacious arenas in big cities, he sometimes wrestled in high school gymnasiums in the middle of nowhere. Ambrose’s tenacity and refusal to quit saw him through.
“A lot of it is just learning to eat crap and just deal with it,” he said. “If you’re a spoiled person coming into the business the way I did, you won’t last very long. It was very easy for me to just kind of slum my way up through the dredges of wrestling until I got here. That’s just the kind of person I am. It’s where I come from. Just not being spoiled, not being too good, and just being ready to accept that you’re gonna have to deal with a lot of crap to get success.”
Fast forward to 2016. For the most part, Ambrose enjoys all of the perks he once dreamed the wrestling lifestyle would entail. He has enough money to eat well and to not split a hotel room with five different people. The arenas are more spacious, the cities much bigger. And the most curious part of it all? That kid that admittedly wasn’t the happiest or friendliest guy in his neighborhood suddenly has no problem gaining fans in WWE. Ambrose believes it’s because his character is true to life.
“People can see through crap pretty easily,” he said. “Just go out there and be comfortable. Be you. Be authentic.
“If you’re the real you, people can feel like they know you a little bit. I think that’s why a lot of people kind of invest in me. They don’t know me, but they feel like they know me a little bit, because I’m not putting on a front.”
Like Mick Foley or Brian Pillman before him, Dean Ambrose’s appeal doesn’t lie in championship reigns or a spotless win-loss record. He can be decisively beaten and still give audiences confidence that he’s just warming up for an epic comeback the next night. Nothing is ever final with Ambrose. There’s inspiration to be found in that type of resilience.
When he arrives at AT&T Stadium for the highest profile match of his career on April 3, the now 30-year-old Jonathan Good will put on his Dean Ambrose hat. He might listen to music or joke around with other wrestlers just to keep the nerves under control. WrestleMania is where career-defining performances take place in front of record-setting crowds. It can be a lot of pressure for the performers, the select few pro wrestlers who not only made it to WWE — via recruitment, sheer refusal to fail or other means — but earned a spot on the biggest show of the year. The plan, Ambrose says, is to relax and take it all in.
“I’m only going to get that, whatever it is, 30 minutes in the ring, it’s only going to come through my life once,” he said. “So I want to enjoy it. I’m not gonna stress too much. I wanna go out there and really enjoy the moment, have fun, and try to hurt Brock Lesnar.”
We don’t normally report things like PWI Top 500 and popularity polls, however we thought we might cover this one as for the second year in a row, Deans been voted the Most Popular Wrestler by Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers, and by a landslide! Dean won with 38% of the vote, with his next closest rival being Brock Lesnar with 19%. We think that’s a nice award to take home in an era of ‘whos the best’ countdowns. Congrats Dean, you’re officially the coolest kid in town!
The Independent have conducted an interview with Dean speaking about 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown, the Royal Rumble, the rumours of new recruits to WWE, and who he’d love to wrestle who he hasn’t faced yet.
One of WWE’s most charismatic and captivating wrestlers, Dean Ambrose is now a bonafide movie star following his lead performance in the recently released 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown.
The 30-year-old has competed all over the world since making his wrestling debut in 2004, and won his first WWE Intercontinental Championship last month.
In anticipation of a busy January which includes a title defence against Kevin Owens at the upcoming Royal Rumble PPV, Ambrose spoke to The Independent about all things wrestling.
First of all, congratulations on the UK release of 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown. Can you give us a basic explanation of the plot?
It’s about a cop who is coming back from a traumatic experience. On his first day back on the job he happens to stumble across an evil plan from a fellow police officer and he decides to do something about it. My character ends up in a police station by himself with just his wit, guile and 20 cops trying to kill him.
This is a very easy movie to watch, and you don’t have to wait for anything to happen. The movie starts and it just goes and goes for its entire length.
How has the overall reaction been to the film, and are you happy with the final product?
I think everybody was surprised with what we were able to accomplish given the time and resources that we had. Our director Stephen Reynolds was able to do so much to make it feel like a big epic movie.
Moving to wrestling, you shall be defending your Intercontinental Championship at the Royal Rumble later this month, but will you compete in the Royal Rumble match itself?
I think I’ll be in the match, I was on the stage at Raw on Monday where Mr McMahon was yelling at me and talking some trash. It’s a whole Mr McMahon ploy this Royal Rumble thing, but I may have to whoop some people’s asses. I’ll just show up and whatever is put in front of me I’ll deal with.
Do you have any favourite Royal Rumble memories from past events?
I always liked the guys who lasted a long time in the match and had endurance. People like Ric Flair going an hour at the 1992 Rumble, or Shawn Michaels and the British Bulldog being one and two in 1995 and both lasting until the end.
It’s a lot like my character in the movie, these people are shooting at him all day and he just stays in there. If I’m in the Royal Rumble it will be a lot like that because really you can’t kill me, I’m just going to hang until the end.
There have been strong rumours of new recruits to WWE over the past week, including the possible signing of AJ Styles. Does news like that excite you?
I’m down with that, this is where the best talent in the world is. I hadn’t heard about AJ coming in so that’s really cool. I think NXT has opened up the doors for a lot of guys to come in and create different opportunities.
In North America there aren’t too many big places to go, so you find that pretty much all of the best talent in the world ends up filtering through WWE. It’s a very exciting time.
Finally, you have been in the ring with many of the best wrestlers of all time but is there anybody you haven’t yet faced who you would like to?
I’d love to wrestle Samoa Joe at some point, I’ve never been in the ring with him and I can picture that being pretty cool. Other than that I think I’ve wrestled everybody. That’s what comes when you’re a guy who has been around for a while and who can do it all.
Howard Finkel, Joey Styles, and other WWE staff give their opinions on who will be victorious in Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
@HowardFinkel: I’m truly torn picking a winner; I have the utmost respect for both participants. That said, I’m giving the nod to Dean Ambrose, just on a hunch. I’ve called him “Mr. Perpetual Motion” in the past, and I believe Ambrose will have more gas left in his tank to overcome Owens, becoming the new Intercontinental Champion in the process. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
@JoeyStyles: I look for this to be a smash-mouth meeting that will end with neither Dean Ambrose’s Dirty Deeds nor Kevin Owens’ Pop-Up Powerbomb. Rather, the prizefighter will win with a schoolboy and a handful of jeans before getting out of Boston faster that the patriots who dumped England’s tea into the harbor. WINNER: Kevin Owens
Greg Adkins: Dad vs. Mad? Dean Ambrose may be The Lunatic Fringe, but he’s not deranged enough to underestimate Kevin Owens a second time. For his part, the pugnacious brawler seems to have figured out in short order how to not only win titles, but how to keep a firm grip on them with power and poise. In this case, father really does know best. WINNER: Kevin Owens
Jeff Laboon: Dean Ambrose beat Kevin Owens in Survivor Series’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament, and there’s no reason he can’t do it again. Ambrose will rise to the occasion with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
John Clapp: Like a modern-day version of Dick Murdoch vs. Terry Funk, this match doesn’t need ladders, chairs or tables to be a demolition derby. Haymakers will fly, and Ambrose will endure more of them, and better, than Owens. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Kevin Owens insists the historical significance of the Intercontinental Title begins and ends with his current championship reign. Dean Ambrose will look to make Owens’ reign just that — history — when he challenges him for the title at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
The Lunatic Fringe earned the opportunity at WWE TLC by defeating Tyler Breeze and four-time Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler in an action-packed No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match on the Thanksgiving edition of SmackDown. Just days before that, Ambrose topped Owens, too, defeating the self-proclaimed prizefighter in the semifinal round of the WWE World Heavyweight Title Tournament at Survivor Series.
Will the result be the same at WWE TLC, when Owens’ title is at stake? KO has previously suggested that while Ambrose’s crazed persona is nothing more than a facade, his own body of work is replete with authentic and unhinged acts of lunacy. Yet, Ambrose — an unpredictable, unrelenting tornado of punches and kicks inside the ring — has proven he will not shy away from extreme measures when he deems them necessary.
Both Superstars are likely to be bruised and battered following their showdown at WWE TLC, but which one will leave Boston’s TD Garden with the Intercontinental Title? The answer will reveal itself at WWE’s demolition derby, WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, on Sunday, Dec. 13, only on WWE Network.
Who will survive this Sunday’s tournament and be crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion? Howard Finkel, Joey Styles and the WWE.com staff give their picks with their official Survivor Series predictions!
Dean Ambrose vs. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinals)
@HowardFinkel: I’m truly torn in picking a winner here. These two Superstars have both earned my respect with their styles and never-say-die attitudes that they possess. So now push has come to shove for me to make a decision: Dean Ambrose to prevail … barely! WINNER: Dean Ambrose
@JoeyStyles: I am a huge fan of both Owens and Ambrose and have been since before they were on WWE’s radar. Both of these men have shed blood, sweat and tears on the indies for much, much less than the most coveted title in sports-entertainment history. I can only imagine what they will do to themselves and each other on Sunday to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. As combustible as these two men are, I don’t expect a match as much as I expect a fight all over the floor, resulting in Ambrose advancing by count out or disqualification. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Anthony Benigno: This is a dark horse pick for match of the night. In a battle between two bulls, Ambrose ekes out the victory and goes head-to-head with his brother in the finals. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Ryan Pappolla: Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose are a study in contrast in every area imaginable, except one — the level of skill they bring to the ring. Expect several heart-stopping close-calls and a ton of high impact maneuvers. In fact, expect one too many — The Lunatic Fringe will take one risk he shouldn’t have and find himself KO’d. WINNER: Kevin Owens
Bobby Melok: Kevin Owens may be the most confident Superstar heading into Survivor Series. The reigning Intercontinental Champion has made it clear that he plans on adding WWE’s richest prize to his résumé, and there’s no doubt he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make that a reality. WINNER: Kevin Owens.
Dean Ambrose: 3, Kevin Owens: 2
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Final
@HowardFinkel: (Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio) Quite simply put, if this final pairing goes according to my thoughts, then we are to be in for a whale of a finals match! I feel that Dean Ambrose will have more gas left in the tank, and will find a way to upend Del Rio, and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
@JoeyStyles: (Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose) Best friends, brothers in arms — bull! Roman Reigns may be a man of principle who refuses any and all shortcuts, but Ambrose isn’t. When Reigns least expects it, Ambrose is going to attack him with a barbarism worthy of the thumbtack, barbed wire, light bulb and power tool-filled death matches that made him the madman he is. Still, while the friendship between the two former Shield teammates may not survive, Reigns will, en route to becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion. WINNER: Roman Reigns
Anthony Benigno: (Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose) Brother against brother, lunatic vs. big dog, jilted contender vs. jilted contender. Who wins? Tough to say. I’m going with Reigns, but by a hair. WINNER: Roman Reigns
Ryan Pappolla: (Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens) It seems simply predestined that these two young, rising, polar opposite figures clash with it all on the line this Sunday. For as much as Reigns has been through and survived since falling short of the title at WrestleMania 31, the logical conclusion to make would be that he finally prevails here. Nope. The Prizefighter wins the ultimate prize at Survivor Series. WINNER: Kevin Owens
Bobby Melok: (Kevin Owens vs. Alberto Del Rio) Roman Reigns seems destined to win the WWE World Heavyweight Title, Ambrose has promised anarchy if he wins the title and Kevin Owens simply expects to walk out of Atlanta as champion. But Alberto Del Rio is the only one out of the four remaining in the tournament who has been a World Champion. That experience will prove to be the difference, as the young nation of MexAmerica will have its first World Champion when Del Rio defeats Owens. WINNER: Alberto Del Rio
Roman Reigns: 2, Dean Ambrose: 1, Kevin Owens: 1, Alberto Del Rio: 1
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinals)
Having made it to the final four of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament, Dean Ambrose and Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens will fight tooth and nail this Sunday at Survivor Series. When the dust settles, either The Lunatic Fringe or WWE’s Prizefighter will advance to the tournament final later in the night, where he will vie for his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The semifinal matchup pits two of WWE’s least predictable and most out-of-control Superstars against each other. Ambrose and Owens met on the Nov. 5 edition of SmackDown in a non-title contest, with The Lunatic Fringe’s unconventional, all-or-nothing attack causing Owens to flee through the crowd and voluntarily take a count-out loss. Such a result is unlikely to repeat itself this Sunday, when nothing less than sports-entertainment immortality — in the form of the WWE World Heavyweight Title — is on the line.
Ambrose advanced to the semifinals by defeating WWE newcomer Tyler Breeze in round one and Dolph Ziggler in round two. After the second tournament win, he vowed to turn WWE into the “Ambrose Asylum” with a WWE World Heavyweight Championship win at Survivor Series.
Owens, meanwhile, beat Titus O’Neil in the opening round before triumphing over Neville in the second round. Much as he had done with other Superstars involved in the tournament, Triple H approached Owens after his quarterfinal win and congratulated him, prompting some in the WWE Universe to speculate that the WWE COO is hedging his bets after Roman Reigns refused to “play ball” with The Authority.
Will Kevin Owens add yet another championship — the top title in WWE, no less — to his possession at Survivor Series? Or will The Lunatic Fringe stop Owens in his tracks and advance to the tournament final? Watch the historic conclusion of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament this Sunday, live and only on the award-winning WWE Network.