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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Before WWE Hell in a Cell takes over on WWE Network, Randy Orton & Dean Ambrose will team to battle Bray Wyatt’s gargantuan disciples, Luke Harper & Braun Strowman, on the Hell in a Cell Kickoff.
The Viper became unwittingly swept up in Ambrose and Roman Reigns’ war with The Wyatt Family last month when Wyatt, Harper & Strowman ambushed him in an effort to thin out Ambrose and Reigns’ options for allies.
With The Big Dog set to fight The Eater of Worlds inside Hell in a Cell on Oct. 25, The Lunatic Fringe and WWE’s Apex Predator are left to form a potent, if makeshift, force against The New Face of Destruction and The New Face of Desolation. The firepower of an Orton/Ambrose combination is not in question, though it remains to be seen whether the headstrong Viper and the out-of-control Ambrose can match the solidary of Wyatt’s swamp monsters.
Few tag teams in WWE history have been as terrifying or menacing as Harper & Strowman. Harper, a former Intercontinental Champion who possesses the unwavering, unsettling stare of a madman, has always been a dangerous entity; now, he has the immense backup of Strowman, a refrigerator with a head who rag-dolls foes into unconsciousness.
Can the unbridled intensity of Ambrose & Orton overcome the sheer mass of Bray Wyatt’s sinister henchmen? Or will The New Face of Destruction and The New Face of Desolation ravage WWE’s heroes in black?
Watch the monstrous tag battle when the WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff streams live Sunday, Oct. 25, at 7 ET/4 ET on the award-winning WWE Network, as well as on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Pheed and Google.
GameSpot.com have an interview up with Dean where he shares his thoughts on being under constant scrutiny in the ‘Reality Era’ of wrestling, how he hates the word “selfie”, and more, check it out!
I recently met WWE superstar Dean Ambrose at a WWE 2K16 event, and the first thing I noticed was just how alike he was in demeanor to his larger than life, on-screen persona. It’s much more muted, of course–there’s little outward sign of the ‘Lunatic Fringe’ here–but I was struck with how easily I could correlate the real person in front of me to the WWE performer and athlete. They say wrestlers are best when they play themselves, only with the volume turned way up, and Ambrose certainly fits that bill.
In our brief conversation we chatted about being a gamer, and what his thoughts were about being under constant scrutiny in the ‘Reality Era’ of wrestling. His responses were, to put it simply, perfect Ambrose.
[GameSpot] You’re wrestling in an era where secrets are much harder to keep thanks to the internet. There’s a lot of constant scrutiny on you guys. How do you cope with all that attention all the time?
[Dean Ambrose] It’s the way of the world today. A lot of people bring it on themselves–I’m not a social media guy, I don’t go on social media at all. If you don’t know me personally then you don’t get to talk to me ever. As far as I’m concerned what you see on the screen, on Monday night RAW, is the only access you get to me. So I live a pretty stress free scenario as far as that’s concerned. The internet, it is what it is. As far as letting secrets go, I find it very easy keeping secrets. I just don’t tell anyone if I don’t trust them. And the circle of people I trust is very, very small. I just keep it real like that and it makes it easier for me.
It’s a wider issue that affects the WWE in general, though. For example, someone sees Undertaker at the airport, takes a picture, and then suddenly the finish for a match that night is ruined. Do you think think this overall scrutiny makes it harder for you to present a product?
Yeah, a lot of fans kinda take the magic away. But it’s been like this for years now, where they dig and search for every little bit of info and spend so much time deciphering everything and overthinking things. That’s just an outlet for their passion for wrestling, but it does take away the magic sometimes, so I almost wish people would stop doing that. But if you take a picture of somebody and post it online, you’re an asshole.
I hate having my picture taken in general. And if I’m not allowing it… and it’s just gotten worse over time. I don’t understand pictures at airports. And I hate the word selfie. Any man that uses it needs to reevaluate a lot of their life.
I can’t imagine, I can’t get in the mind of a wrestling fan who wants to break news that spoils a surprise for somebody. Would you want a surprise spoiled? Say you saw Sting at the airport and tipped everybody off that Sting was going to make an appearance that night, and then you ruin the surprise for people who went out of the way not to get the surprise ruined. Would you want your surprised ruined? I’d be, “Don’t tell me, don’t tell me who you saw at the airport.” I like to live a spoiler-free life.
Does it ever make you wish you wrestled in a different era?
Oh yeah. Professional wrestling as I imagined it when I set out to be a pro wrestler is not the same thing as sports entertainment today. There are times I wished I was in 1983 in the Crockett territory. But the WWE today is also something that’s never been done before. Everything from the WWE network to video games, to be part of something like that and all the craziness that is the WWE today, is also cool to be a part of.
It’s not just a wrestling business now. WWE is an institution in entertainment. It truly is now like the NFL, the brand is there with them. It’s on a level it’s never been before.
So are you a gamer yourself?
I’m not a gamer in the traditional sense, but I’ve played almost every wrestling game there was. To be a part of this one–I mean, the fans are going to love it. It’s very cool to be a part of that–you can play this game at such a realistic level, and it’s such an encompassing WWE experience for a fan, that you can play this for hours and hours and never get sick of it.
HardcoreGamer.com have an interview up with Dean, discussing fighting the Terminator, Stone Cold and more, check it out!
Last week we traveled to San Francisco to go hands on with 2K Sports’ next iteration of their WWE 2K series. While we outlined our experience with the game here, we also got the opportunity to talk with Superstar Dean Ambrose. Here’s how it all went down.
[Hardcore Gamer] So, hard hitting question first: are you a gamer?
[Dean Ambrose] In the traditional sense, no. I’m a huge wrestling fan, and a WWE fan — so it’s easy for me to get lost in all the stuff and options you can play in WWE 2K16 — but I like the old-timey games; you know, Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Sonic the Hedgehog. But even now, if [a game’s fun] I can get into it.
So do you play WWE games?
Yeah, I’ve had the opportunity to play 2K16 before it comes out, so I was able to explore around and see all the different options. You know, it’s the biggest roster in a video game ever. It has the best graphics and is the most realistic experience and has the most in-depth career mode of any wrestling game ever. So there’s just so much stuff to explore. So if you’re a WWE fan, it’s incredible. There’s a whole universe that you can practically crawl into and look around. It would probably would take years to see and do all the stuff in the game.
What’s the collaboration like with the developers? Are you flown in to consult about how your character looks, or the moves your character does in the game?
Not really. It’s just like, one day it magically appears, and that’s what’s freaky about it. It’s like they take you and put your soul directly into the game. It’s like the Mortal Kombat guy, they steal your soul and stick it into the game. You feel almost a little taken advantage of, like “whoa, what happened?”– because they have everything down to the way you walk, the way you throw punches… ticks you didn’t even realize you had and they somehow put them in the game. Everybody talks, walks, looks and wrestles exactly like they do in real life. It’s like watching Monday Night Raw, but being able to control the action in the ring. It’s getting scary how real these games are becoming. You know, this is how Terminator started in the first place.
It has to be a little surreal to see and play as yourself in a game. That would feel a little weird to me.
Yeah, I felt like that would be a little weird, too — to play yourself — so I always pick somebody else. I did fight against myself, though. But, when I play against the Terminator — which I plan on doing, because you can do that if you pre-order before October 27 — I want to play as myself because I don’t trust anybody but myself to fight against the Terminator.
Fair enough! If you could have a dream match with any of the wrestlers in the game, that didn’t include you, who would it be?
Hm, that’s a real good question. I would put Daniel Bryan and Bret Hart in a submission match. I mean, that’s the beauty of the game: you can have any match-up, from any era, past, present or future. You can have an NXT guy against a current guy; a current guy against a Hall of Fame guy; a Hall of Fame’r verse an NXT guy…you can literally do whatever you want. So, it’s just the biggest bounty of dream matches you could ever imagine. And it’s all so realistic — almost like you’re really watching it play out live.
The graphics are especially fantastic this year. If you could redo one of your matches in this game that you’ve had, which would it be?
Like redo a real-life match in the game? Oh, that’s a really interesting question… Hm… That’s an interesting question. You know, I don’t like to live… err, I don’t like to look back and live life with regrets. I wonder… Hm… I would go back and redo Wrestlemania 31. The only thing I would change would be, after I fell through the ladder and almost died, I would tell the doctors to not staple my head shut until we got to the back. Because they initially thought I was going to get back up and finish the match. And I had a huge cut on my head. And so they just gave me emergency staples on the spot, without telling me… They were just like, “We have to staple your head,” and I said “What?” and [makes staple gun sounds]. And that was worse than actually… than the actual fall I had to take myself. It’s just… I wasn’t expecting it. So then I had to get those pulled out and they had to do it again once I got to the back. So yeah, I would have a different conversation with the doctors that were ringside. I mean, they were just taking care of me, because we have the greatest doctors in the world.
That looked like a super dangerous bump; I watched it and just cringed. When I was playing the game, I think my opponent somehow stole my finisher and used it against me. Whether that actually happened or not, I don’t know, I was too worried about getting pinned and losing; but, if you could steal any wrestler’s finisher, whose would it be?
Oh, that’s a good one. Whose would I steal… I think, probably, a lot of people wish that they had the RKO, because that’s just such a…well, people just love that move — it’s such a cool move. But I would personally say the Terry Funk Spinning Toe-hold. Because even though I could do that [move], it wouldn’t have the same effect without people being educated on the history [of the move] and also debilitating effects of applying it.. And, it’s just a really easy move to apply — yet, you can break men’s legs easily. And I could do that [move] well into my 40s or 50s after I’d be not nearly as athletic as I am today. That would be a good one that would last.
You can create your own Superstar in the game and the fun of creating a wrestler, even if it’s just in your head, is trying to pick out what your theme song would be. So, for you, let’s say you couldn’t have your current entrance song, but you could have any other song in the entire world– no copyright issues to worry about or anything — what would it be?
Oh, I like that question. Hm… I would say… “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult. But if you ask me again tomorrow, that answer will change.
Right on. One last question: Steve Austin’s on the front of the game; you verses Stone Cold, who wins?
Whoever can throw more punches in less time — I feel like that’s how it’d play out.
You two have similar wrestling styles, too; you’re both brawlers for the most part.
Yeah, I feel like that one would turn into a bar room brawl super fast. Yeah, [the match] would be very very quick, very very ugly and very very beautiful all at the same time.
As JR says, it’d be a “real slobber knocker,” right?
It’s been a hot minute since we last had an article on the site from our resident writer, Austin Skinner. Here’s his latest thoughts on everybodies favorite brothers in arms, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Let us know what you think in comments or on Twitter/Facebook!
The Prodigal Sons Have Returned By Austin Skinner
…And boy, does it feel good to be back! Thanks to common enemies continuing to cause headaches for Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, it was only a matter of time until the two found themselves with their backs firmly against one another’s once again. With no other options, these two dogs have reinforced the power of their pack. So, look out ladies and gents, because the dogs are back and ready to reclaim their yard!
No truer words could be spoken for Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose as of late. Over the past few months, both men have had their own respective battles to fight. The two would be behind the scenes while they took care of their respective business. But, over the course of the last few weeks, the two have counted on each other more and more, almost throwing back to their running days as two-thirds of The Shield. Perhaps, we are bearing witness to a reboot of The Shield’s batteries, or perhaps this entity is something entirely new? Either way, Ambrose and Reigns are not only back on the same page, but the exact same sentence… And that spells disastrous things for common enemies as, Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family, The Authority, and the traitorous Seth Rollins.
Now, it’s no secret that a public enemy and enormous thorn in the side of both Dean and Roman has been Bray Wyatt. Taking the stand of “anybody but you” with Roman Reigns and having no problem attacking Ambrose whenever he deems fit has been Bray Wyatt’s business for weeks. Needless to say, the target on his back is all the bigger for his latest actions against our brothers in arms. Most recently, we saw Bray team up with his understudy Luke Harper, and the deranged Mr. Money in the Bank, Sheamus. With some luck and The Viper in their corner, Reigns and Ambrose were able to secure a hard-fought victory over The Eater of Worlds and his cronies.
Does that spell the end of Bray’s business with our boys? An eerie feeling made me highly doubt that. Wyatt isn’t one to let actions made against him go unchecked very easily. His ability to hold a grudge has been well documented over the past few years, especially when it comes to his hatred for Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. My hunch was right as soon after that victory, a new Wyatt would rise from the ashes in the form of the monstrous Braun Strowman. With this new entity going unanswered, Ambrose and Reigns would go on the hunt for a third man. By Night of Champions, Strowman would prove to be a vital new asset to the Family, as Ambrose, Reigns, and their surprise partner Chris Jericho would fall victim to the team. With that said, I doubt one victory will be enough to put our hungry pack of dogs down! They owe Wyatt and those close to him a few good receipts still. Besides, concerning Dean Ambrose, Wyatt himself has had it coming for a long while now. So, with Hell in the Cell looming around the corner and the Wyatts riding high on their victory, you never know what the unstable one and his brother may have up their sleeves.
Bray Wyatt aside, there has been no bigger threat to Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns’ momentum than Seth Rollins and The Authority. Ever since the deterioration of The Shield’s original incarnation, Seth Rollins has almost made a point to antagonize his former best friends. With plenty of help, he was able to underhandedly fend off and turn away both men from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I assure you, Roman Reigns hasn’t forgotten. We all know Ambrose hasn’t, either! With Kane and J & J Security pretty much out of the Authority picture for the time being; perhaps Rollins will be ripe for the picking? Only time will tell, because regardless of what John Cena may or may not have been able to accomplish against Rollins at SummerSlam, and Sting being able to accomplish at Night of Champions, you can bet that it’s only a matter of time before both Ambrose and Reigns will be next in line for a crack at the traitor! Regardless if he’s the WWE champion after Kane picks him apart at Night of Champions, or not!
Either way you slice it, Seth Rollins’ days are number and hopefully it’ll be our man, Dean Ambrose that pulls his card once and for all! If not, I’m sure he’ll be watching on intently as Roman Reigns picks him apart as soon as such a chance arises. At this point, we should expect to see Rollins knocked down a few pegs, and who better to make that happen than the same men he stepped on during his climb to the top? There aren’t two men more suited for the job of dismantling the architect. Triple H will pay dearly for what he put in motion a year and a half ago, as he watches his boy freefall into a pit of hungry dogs.
I have enjoyed watching Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns tear it up against common enemies for weeks, but it’s now going to come down to the nitty-gritty. How far will the power in their brotherhood take them in the coming weeks? Will the Wyatts have a bite taken out of them at Hell in the Cell? Only time will tell. One thing’s for sure, though… What ever Ambrose and Reigns have in mind definitely won’t be pretty, because together, these dogs won’t go down without a fight!
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AMNewYork also spoke with Dean about 12 Rounds, you can read the Q&A below, including the thing Dean found most surprising about the movie making process.
WWE wrestler Dean Ambrose is nicknamed “The Lunatic Fringe” for his brand of chaotic frenzy unleashed on his opponents in the ring. But when it comes to his first acting gig — a starring role in the new movie, “12 Rounds 3: Lockdown” — he takes things very seriously. “If I’m going to be in a movie, it’s going to be a good movie,” the 29-year-old grappler says. “I have a competitive nature, perfectionism kind of takes over. I did all the legwork and research necessary to do everything I could do to make sure this is the best movie it can possibly be.”
In the film, he plays a detective, John Shaw, who takes on corrupt cops trying to kill him. amNewYork spoke with Ambrose about the film.
How did your WWE career help prepare you for acting?
Everybody in the WWE, when they get on any kind of movie set or television commercial, we always find that we’re more prepared than we thought. We’re uniquely prepared for anything in entertainment because the WWE is kind of a show business boot camp. We learn so much about what goes on in front of the camera, behind the camera, the stunts, doing everything in one take. On “Monday Night Raw,” there’s no second takes. … We’re like the Navy Seals of entertainment. We’re so used to going nonstop, 365, doing all these different things.
What was your favorite part of doing the film?
We do all these fight scenes. The fight coordinators and stunt coordinators were some of the best in the business. They put together these awesome, cool fight scenes. Those were the [most fun] things for me; that to me was the easiest part. Everyone else was having trouble memorizing these complicated choreographed things. You have three days to learn this fight scene. … It took me, literally, 90 seconds. It came so easily to me because that’s what I do.
What was the most surprising thing about making a movie?
I’ll tell you the stupidest thing. … I don’t know why this never occurred to me in 29 years of life. I said to the guy, “When we’re filming this and I throw this right hand, where should I land it? Do I just like get him in the face, do I try and pull it?” He looked at me like he didn’t understand. He was like, “You just leave some space, so it goes across the camera.” It was like this lightbulb went off, like movie magic had been fooling me for 29 years. I just whiff. I don’t hit him at all. … I don’t even have to get hit? I thought I was going to get punched in all these fight scenes. This is great; it’s like a vacation!
ComingSoon.net have conducted another interview with Dean, talking about how he got the role in ‘Lockdown’, the gun training he had and where he sees his career going. Check out a few highlights below and read the full interview at the bottom link!
ComingSoon.net: You’ve been pretty busy the past week with a lot of big matches, so I’m surprised you have time and you’re not exhausted.
Dean Ambrose: Yeah, you’ll be amazed how much stuff we can fit into our daily lives, especially in a week like this.
CS: One thing you don’t do on TV is that you don’t shoot guns, so did you have to any training for that kind of stuff? Dean Ambrose: Oh, yeah, yeah. That was another thing, just the whole experience was so much fun, because not only the acting part of it, which was a challenge, but there’s so much fun stuff that comes with being an action star for a period of time. You get to work with former Marine guys who are weapons trainers so you get to do weapons training and how to shoot all different kinds of guns and how to properly clear a room. I’ve shot guns before, but I’ve never been taught properly how to like jump over something while shooting behind my back. Learning how to do all that stuff properly, learning how to turn and shoot from a low stance and how to run with a gun and run up stairs, all that stuff. Learn how to duck and roll and all that. That was so much fun because you get to play G.I. Joe for a few months. Then the fight scenes were extremely fun for me and something I picked up on really well. From all the background that I come from, it was very easy for me to pick up on. Like a long extended fight scene, I could memorize it in seconds.
CS: Did you have to go easy on the other actors?
Dean Ambrose: Some of the stunt guys I worked with, it might take them a couple days to get this whole fight broken down to where they remembered everything that’s going on, but I took it up quicker than those guys sometimes. It just came so easy to me from wrestling. That was so much fun for me to get to do the physical stuff and learn new stuff from the great fight coordinators they have. You learn different kinds of fighting and you go out there and roll around and kick each other in the face and shoots guns. It was such a fun experience.
CS: I was at SummerSlam on Sunday and it was a great line-up. It’s interesting to see where the WWE is going these days, because there isn’t as much good guys/bad guys and you’re a good example because you’re a fan favorite without being the typical fan favorite. Do you think wrestling is getting smarter about what the fans want?
Dean Ambrose: All I know is that all I can do for me is… I don’t want to be inauthentic. The thing about me is that I was never created in a creative meeting. Nobody ever came up with the idea of Dean Ambrose. What you see in the ring on Pay Per View or “Monday Night Raw” of Dean Ambrose is just the total good and the bad of 29 years of life and ten-plus years experience in wrestling. Some of its good, some of its bad and some of its ugly, but this is just the person that has shaped me. I don’t want to be anything that I’m not, because I don’t think it would come off right. If you like it, cool, if you don’t, whatever. All I can do is be me to the hilt and if people like me, then it’s probably that authenticity and that honesty that they like ‘cause I’m not out there asking them to like me. I’m just going out there and laying my body on the line.
USA Today have an article up to accompany the release of the exclusive 5th teaser from the Lockdown film, check out some excerpts below and read the full article at the provided link!
Shaw is a different kind of personality for Ambrose than his in-ring “Lunatic Fringe” character, which he describes as basically his regular persona writ larger-than-life. “I might be the only guy in WWE who isn’t acting ever.”
But for the movie, he says, “I didn’t want it to be ‘Dean Ambrose plays a cop’ and it’s exactly the person you see on WWE television but with a cop uniform on or a cheesy movie like that.
“I wanted to do a good, proper job. I want you to forget that I’m the guy on your TV every Monday night and buy into this … pretty straight-laced, no-nonsense detective who internalizes a lot of stuff.”
“What I do in WWE is essentially a lovable bad guy,” says Ambrose, who tags with Reigns and a mystery partner in a match vs. The Wyatt Family at the Night of Champions event live on WWE Network Sept. 20.
“I look dirty, I do terrible things. The only difference is at the end of the day, I always make the right choice and I never lie. But other than that, I’m what would be a bad guy in another movie or television show.”
Ambrose wouldn’t mind reprising his 12 Rounds role, but he expects many will check out his film debut due to sheer curiosity.
“You expect to see John Cena in a movie, a superhero like that,” he says. “Even if they’re WWE fans, that might not be enough to see John Cena in a movie. But it’s so different with me being the complete exact opposite of him. That might be a more interesting allure to make you want to click on iTunes and buy it.”
Scott Fishman spoke to Dean about filming 12 Rounds and making the jump from wrestling to movies. Check out an excerpt below and head over to Channel Guide for the full interview!
The WWE Studios/Lionsgate action thriller is latest installment in the 12 Rounds series. Ambrose, real name Jonathan Good, joins past leading men John Cena and Randy Orton. This isn’t just his first film, but the budding actor was the featured star.
“How often do you get a chance to star in a movie?” Ambrose asked himself when approached about the project.
“It wasn’t something that was on my immediate radar or agenda. I jumped at the opportunity. How can you say no when someone wants you to be in a movie. It’s an experience. It took me about two seconds to say yes. I didn’t find out until later that I was the lead role in this. I said sign me up from the get-go. I thought I was going to be a background player like when a WWE Studios movie will have a WWE superstar in the background for like five seconds.
“Upon learning I was earmarked to be this guy in the lead role. I was thinking, ‘What? You know I’m completely unqualified for this. I have no idea what I’m doing.’ They were like, ‘You’ll be find. Trust me.’”
_D1C7784Ambrose, 29, went in with an open mind and willing to learn. He had the mentality that he was going to put in the work, but wasn’t feeling pressure.
“I thought that if it does well I could have a second career as an action star,” he said.
“If it sucks, then stop asking me to be in movies. You know what I mean. I had a feeling that this is something I would be good at. Sometimes things happen for a reason and things work out the way they are supposed to. I feel this was brought to me at the right time. I had a feeling in my gut that I could do this. I took it very seriously.
“I didn’t want it to be Dean Ambrose, who plays the cop. I wanted to fully become this character. It’s a much different personality and character than myself. It’s not the guy you see on WWE TV, which is essentially me. That’s the funny part. In WWE, I’m not acting. I just kind of go out there and am myself. Sometimes with sports entertainment you are somewhat over-the-top. In this, I’m a bit serious as a detective. There is a lot of acting involved. There was a challenge to learn how to do it.”
Ambrose went to Los Angeles for acting lessons. With such an important part in the movie, he was the first there on the Vancouver set every morning and the last to leave.
“I went in with no ego,” he said.
“I think I went into it with a pretty good attitude. I had never been on a movie set. I had no idea what I was doing. I went in there asking questions. You find that a lot with WWE people. We are uniquely prepared and over-prepared than we think we are for anything in front of the screen whether it’s a TV show or movie. WWE is show business camp. You learn everything that goes on behind the scenes, in front of the camera, and we do all our own stunts. We are doing all our own lines in one take.
“We also have such a work ethic here because it’s such a demanding job. You find we are the hardest working people on set. I wanted to be the best possible performance in an action movie you can ask for. I wanted it to be better than a John Cena movie. I wanted it to be better than a Randy Orton movie. I wanted this to be better than a Miz movie. I wanted this to be the best WWE film there has ever been. I think with director Stephen Reynolds, who created a cool atmosphere in turning this building predominantly used in the movie into a character all itself.”
At Night of Champions, WWE’s most out-of-control turf war will continue when The Wyatt Family clashes with Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and a partner of their choosing.
The jubilation of Reigns and Ambrose’s SummerSlam victory over the maniacal Bray Wyatt and his loyal follower Luke Harper was short lived when, the next night on Raw, the two rebels were introduced to The Wyatt Family’s newest member — Braun Strowman.
The gargantuan Strowman imposed his will on Reigns and Ambrose, decimating them with ease — a fate neither Reigns nor Ambrose is accustomed to. As Strowman joined by the side of Harper and his new leader, Wyatt made it clear post-ambush that this evolving war had just entered its next phase.
The following week on WWE’s flagship show, Reigns and Ambrose got another dose of Strowman as he made his in-ring debut against The Lunatic Fringe with The Big Dog in his corner. Although Ambrose fought valiantly, the end result was the same as the week before — an absolute massacre from The New Face of Fear and his deranged accomplices.
Now, with Night of Champions approaching, how will Ambrose and Reigns fare as this ongoing Hatfield and McCoy’s-like conflict continue? Will the former Shield brethren and their third be able to break the aura of invincibility that currently surrounds Braun Strowman? Or will Sister’s Abigal’s black sheep give The Eater of Worlds a definitive edge in this wicked war?
Find out at WWE Night of Champions, Sunday, Sept. 20, only on the award-winning WWE Network.
The Sun conducted an interview with Dean at the 2k16 Event and covered a range of subjects they’re releasing bit by bit, in this article he addresses his lack of social media presence and his position in the ‘title hunt’ View an exerpt below and head over to their website for the full article!
Asked at a WWE 2K16 event in New York whether he could have ever have predicted in his pre-WWE days he would attract so many admirers, Dean told The Sun: “No, never.”
Curling his lip and then smiling, the modest star admitted he preferred avoiding being caught up in frantic social media activity.
He added: “I try not to, there’s a whole world of weirdos out there — and lots of great fans, too.
“But I try to keep myself pretty closed off from the world because there’s some weird stuff out there, man. Some (weird) stuff. And I was doing some weird stuff before all that (social media) became weird stuff.”
Dean spoke with GMNews.com about the upcoming shows in New Jersey, Lockdown and his background before WWE. Check it out below!
The Lunatic Fringe is about to descend upon New Jersey. WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose is holding a meet-and-greet with fans at iPlay America in Freehold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 5.
“This is the area I cut my teeth in,” Ambrose said. “It’s one of my stomping grounds.” Ambrose said he enjoys his time outside the wrestling ring because “it’s fun to go out there and interact with the WWE Universe because they get so excited.” He said it is “very rewarding” to “be able to affect people or inspire people.”
However, most of his rewards have come from inside the squared circle. Known best for his Dirty Deeds signature move, Ambrose said fans take to him because “you have no idea what’s gonna happen once the red light comes on.”
“There’s only one Dean Ambrose,” the Cincinnati native said. “I occupy my own space in the world.
“Usually when I come out, people know something [crazy] is going to happen. I have no idea what I’m going to do day to day, moment to moment.” He said wrestling fans “can’t blink,” waiting for him to unleash his wild behavior on his opponents.
Although Ambrose spent years as part of The Shield with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, Rollins’ defection from the group last year has given Ambrose new life. “The best part is now I don’t have any strings on my back,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to breathe and have fresh air and do what I want to do.” However, he did mention that himself, Reigns, Rollins and the Wyatt family all developed a work ethic together, a sense of consistency and a certain amount of pride.
“We’re the ones who are counted on to tear the house down every night,” he said. Ambrose is also looking to tear down the silver screen as the lead character in “12 Rounds 3: Lockdown,” which is due out Sept. 11.
The third installment of the six action films follows Detective John Shaw as he returns to active duty after taking time off following the death of his partner. He soon uncovers evidence that links other officers to the death. After being framed for the murder, Shaw must do whatever it takes to find those who trapped him and clear his name. “It’s really cool. I don’t think it’s like any other WWE movie,” Ambrose said.
The grittiness, violence and fast-paced action “obviously makes it a perfect role for me,” he said. Ambrose said acting was a challenge different than wrestling, though he said being in the entertainment business prepared him for the role. “WWE is show biz boot camp,” he said, already having had training in dialogue, fighting and stunts. “I definitely think I learned [acting] is something that I have a bit of a knack for and should be good at.”
For more information on Dean Ambrose and “12 Rounds 3,” visit www.wwe.com. For tickets to the iPlay appearance, visit www.iplayamerica.com.