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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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.
Dean spoke with PressOfAtlanticCity.com during Summerslam week and discussed house shows, Philadelphia and more! Check it out below.
Dean Ambrose doesn’t look like your typical professional wrestler. He doesn’t wear the brightly colored tights or have any glamorous shirts sold at the merchandise stand. His hair isn’t short and neat nor does he possess a clean-shaven face. Instead, the eccentric Ambrose wrestles in jeans and a grey tank top while his fans wear black shirts that read “Unstable” in bright white letters. His hair is a mess, and sometimes his face looks like he slept past the alarm and didn’t have time for a quick swipe of the razor.
Frankly, Ambrose doesn’t care for all of that. He’s a true brawler with his look serving as a nod to the independent scene where he first made a name for himself. Now, he’s one of the biggest draws in the World Wrestling Entertainment today. Ambrose’s name stands out among the handful of WWE Superstars coming to the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
“The matches I like the best (in my career) are the ones at house shows — Live Events,” said Ambrose, 29, while a guest on “Off the Press with Scott Cronick” on 1400 WOND Aug. 18. “You can really just go out there and wrestle, and it’s between you and the audience. To me, that’s the most fun part of the job, those Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays where I just get to be a pro wrestler.”
Since debuting in 2012 alongside Roman Reigns and current WWE World Heavyweight and United States champion Seth Rollins, Ambrose developed more of a following. Now his “Unstable” and “Ambrose Asylum” shirts are visible throughout the crowd.
Ambrose was one of the first superstars who was already a known commodity to the smarter WWE fans when he was called up to the main roster.
That’s because of his days wrestling in the independent scene with companies such as Dragon Gate USA and Combat Zone Wrestling, both based out of Philadelphia. Coming back to the South Jersey area is like a homecoming for Ambrose. While wrestling for those companies, Ambrose, originally from Cleveland and now living in Las Vegas, stayed for more than a year in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia “living the vagabond lifestyle,” as he called it while working with those promotions.
“I have a lot of friends there,” Ambrose said. “Every time you come back to these stomping grounds — I had so many places I kind of called home over the years — so to get to go back to them in a different situation in your career when you’re a part of WWE is always very cool.”
Ambrose signed with WWE in 2001. Back then, NXT (WWE’s developmental system that trains in Orlando, Florida and performs at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida) didn’t have the mainstream success that it had today.
NXT wasn’t televised live and there was no WWE Network when Ambrose was there. There wasn’t even a brand new WWE Performance Center, which opened in 2013 when Ambrose was already on the main roster.
Ambrose, like several other superstars in development at the time — which includes his Wildwood opponent Luke Harper — had to claw and scratch and really fight to get noticed by anyone outside of the organization.
“I don’t think I would have had it any other way,” Ambrose said. “That’s what really pushed us. It helped us to like not care and be who we are and wrestle the way we wanted to wrestle and do what we wanted to do and give us that attitude we needed to come in here and do as well as we did.”
In an Interview with Scott Fishman, Ambrose talks about working in a commercial with Arnold Schwarzenegger, being in a video game, missing FCW/NXT, and more!
WWE superstar Dean Ambrose’s surge in popularity has led to numerous opportunities. The fan favorite recently shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger during a “WWE 2K16” video game commercial shoot. The iconic action star and former California governor is a playable character as the Terminator in the upcoming video game, out Oct. 27 nationally and Oct. 30 internationally. Ambrose went face-to-face during a bar scene with the WWE Hall of Famer and lived to tell about it.
“That was crazy,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about it until I got there that day. ‘Terminator’ is one of my favorite movies. To do a complete reenactment of one of my favorite parts in the movie, working with Arnold Schwarzenegger and he is giving me the Terminator eyes. It was so surreal. It was so trippy. The word I use to describe everything with the whole ‘WWE 2K16’ experience. So it was very cool. It’s one of those bonuses you get while living the life of a WWE superstar. The cool stuff you get to do.”
For Ambrose, 29, seeing himself in video game form is still a “trippy experience.” The evolution of his character in the WWE 2K franchise has correlated well with what the “Lunatic Fringe” looks like on TV.
“It’s all so surreal seeing yourself in a video game,” Ambrose said. “A couple of years ago I couldn’t wait to see what I looked like in the game. Now I’m used to it, but now it’s so realistic that it freaks me out. I think this is how movies like ‘Terminator’ started in the first place. They take your brain and put it directly in the game. The guys at 2K do such an amazing job. It’s such a realistic game you feel you are watching ‘Monday Night Raw,’ but you have control over everything that is happening. It’s trippy.”
The rule-bender, whose real name is ironically enough Jonathan Good, is among the tremendous success stories within WWE’s developmental system. Ambrose impressed officials on the independent scene working for promotions like Combat Zone Wrestling, Dragon Gate USA and Jersey All Pro Wrestling. He joined Florida Championship Wrestling and began his WWE career in 2011. It didn’t take long for the renegade to join the main roster with his fellow Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. He left FCW just as it was evolving into NXT.
“I kind of miss that whole NXT thing,” Ambrose said. “When I was there it was Florida Championship Wrestling with Seth Rollins and the other guys who were there. I wrestled on like local access Florida TV in front of 30 people. It was a tiny little situation. I felt like we were distanced from the rest of the company. We felt we were on an island that WWE didn’t even know we existed. That gave us the chip on our shoulder.
“That gave us the motivation when we got there and the attitude we needed to take over WWE when we did. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It’s great for those guys. Now they don’t have to worry about being on an island wondering if anyone knows them. They have their own TV show every week. They get to go on tour and travel. They get to be their own brand. It’s like a whole other brand of WWE. It’s just like a shoot-off of Raw or SmackDown.”
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) stars were at Bayside’s St. Mary’s Hospital for Children Wednesday for a meet and greet with their fans.
Wrestler Dean Ambrose and WWE commentator Renee Young first spent time at the care facility with patients in a group for disabled young adults aged 18 to 26. The stars gave out autographs and replicas of WWE championship belts, and then moved through the hospital, first to an area with younger fans and then to private rooms for bedside appearances.
“It’s so cool to be able to come in here and get to hang out and see their faces light up when you come in the room,” Young said. “They see us on TV, and just to have that one-on-one experience with them is amazing.”
Ambrose — a former WWE U.S. Champion who hails from Cincinnati and cuts a massive figure at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 225 pounds — said that he was impressed with the positive attitudes of the patients he met that day.
“It’s always nice to come in and see someone stuck in the hospital on a nice day and who still has such a positive energy and outlook, and being able to use WWE to brighten up their day more,” Ambrose said. “It always makes us feel good to help out anybody.”