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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Dean conducted an interview with the LA Times, regarding the Royal Rumble and the hype surrounding it, as well as participating in Total Divas and what the future holds, check it out below!
In the Royal Rumble, 30 wrestlers enter the ring, one every two minutes, until there is one left standing. Last year, Dean Ambrose was one of the last two before he was tossed out by Triple H. This year, however, everyone seems to be overlooking him.
In a phone interview, Ambrose discussed this Sunday’s Royal Rumble along with his newfound role on the TV show “Total Divas.”
Q. You almost won the Royal Rumble last year, but so far this year, all the hype has been about Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg and The Undertaker. Are you feeling a little overlooked? A: That’s part of the reason for my success. You’ve got all these dinosaurs roaming the land, Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, the Wyatts and all these guys and I kind of fly under the radar. That’s what happened last year. All these top-heavy guys are tipping over the top rope and I’m just hanging on like a cockroach. Sometimes that’s not a bad thing, you know? I might just play a game and tie myself to the bottom rope and try to be inconspicuous until it gets down to the last couple of guys.
Q. I know that some wrestlers in the past have said that when they became WWE champion, they didn’t realize that put on them. You were champion for a while. Did you feel any extra pressure?
A. Not really. I’ve stepped up into a role where I have taken responsibility as the guy who has to do it. That’s how it has been for me always. I’m more comfortable there than anywhere else. I like wrestling 30 minutes a night. I like, at the end of the night, to be walking back to the locker room limping and sweating, spitting blood out of my mouth. I’ve been doing this for a long time and it comes naturally.
Q. Do you ever see yourself retiring?
A. I do. I know a lot of guys say that when they are younger “I’m gonna get it, get my money and get out” and then end up wrestling until their 50. But that could end up being me too. I can tell you I want to get out early and end up eating my own words. All of a sudden I’m 50 and I’m still walking out there. At this point I see myself retiring and disappearing into the ether way before anyone would expect. And when I am done, I will be gone.
Q. Well, not too soon, right?
A. I could totally see myself limping down the aisle when I’m 60, jumping off the top rope and breaking my hip. I could be a hilarious geriatric wrestler.
Q. When you are in the Rumble and there are nine or 10 other guys in the ring, it looks like a situation ripe for injury because you can’t possibly watch everything. What is it like?
A. You have to have your head on a swivel, eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head kind of thing. It is very easy to get hurt in a match like the Royal Rumble. It seems very run of the mill, but it’s always the stupid stuff where you get hurt. You’re backing up and someone else is backing up too and you step on their ankle and your ankle gets broken and you are out for six months. Catch an errant elbow in the back of the head and you get a concussion. And there’s all these big dinosaurs in there, I’m like the tiny animal running between their legs. In a situation like the Rumble, I’m looking around constantly and keeping my back against a rope as much as possible so I can see what’s going on.
Q. My wife is a huge fan of “Total Divas” and loves your appearances on the show. What’s it like being on a show most wouldn’t associate with you?
A. It’s a lot of fun. Hey, if they want to pay me to hang out with my girlfriend, act like a goofball and drink margaritas, I’d be an idiot to say no to that.
Dean had a chat with Joshua Caudill of craveonline.com and talked connecting to the fans, being ‘Put on blast’ and finally winning the WWE championship. Check it out below and original link at the bottom!
As WWE wraps up the summer with one of its premier PPVs this Sunday in Brooklyn, it will also serve as the setting for Dean Ambrose to further his championship run and write another chapter in his whirlwind journey.
After taking a backseat to two of his former Shield brothers the past year, Ambrose seized his opportunity a mere two months ago by cashing-in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After being drafted to be the face of SmackDown Live and a successful title defense against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, Ambrose is staking his claim as WWE’s top man.
It’s a position that Ambrose gladly welcomes but one he never thought would be thrust upon him. Nevertheless, the laid back superstar has plans for staying true to his nature and as he prepares to defend his title against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, Ambrose took a moment to open up about his match, winning the WWE title, the difficulty of wrestling in jeans and what he does to escape the madness of being in the ring.
CraveOnline: This Sunday at SummerSlam, you defend your WWE World Heavyweight Champion against Dolph Ziggler. What are your thoughts on Ziggler as your opponent? Dean Ambrose: I was very excited to see Dolph Ziggler come out of that No. 1 contender deal to challenge me at SummerSlam. Ziggler is one of those guys who don’t get all of the credit he deserves for being so good consistently for so long. Every single night for years, he’s out there busting his ass and tearing it up and keeping his nose to the grindstone. I like having that attitude and work ethic because when you bring that to the ring with the same mindset you can create something special.
I also like that we’re representing SmackDown Live. There’s an attitude and an excitement on that team because it’s a new thing, it’s a live show on Tuesdays and we’re going to try and built it into something. Plus, we’re trying to stake our claim to see who’s the leader on that team and both Ziggler and me want to stake our claim as the main guy on SmackDown Live.
CraveOnline: SummerSlam is one of the top shows of the year. As a performer, do you feel the need to step it up a notch or is it business as usual? Dean Ambrose: There are times when you got to put a little “extra” in especially on a card at WrestleMania or SummerSlam because it’s no time to hold anything back. You have to pull out all of the stops. The thing about Dolph [Ziggler] and me is that we really never hold back anyways. Whether we’re in Paducah, Kentucky or WrestleMania, we go out there to lay it all on the line and I think that grassroots of busting our ass from the bottom to the top attitude is what got us to this title match at SummerSlam.
CraveOnline: You have mentioned your admiration for the way the old NWA champions carried themselves with the title. Now you’re the WWE Champion and the face of SmackDown. What does that feel like internally for you? Dean Ambrose: It feels like a responsibility. It’s like I’ve been given the keys to a very nice car or something. The WWE Championship is the greatest championship in the history of this sport. It has the most history of anything. You go back to Bruno Sammartino and uniting the titles in the 2000s to the first undisputed title, it’s a ‘grade A’ championship. You can’t go out there and be a goofball. You have to represent like a true main eventer.
CraveOnline: There has been a connection between you and the fans throughout this journey of you getting to the ‘top of the mountain.’ What do you think drives that connection? Dean Ambrose: Anybody can come in and be hot for a day or a week or a month or something but I’ve had my ups and downs as you know. But when you spend enough time in people’s homes because we’re on TV every week and they see you go through your journey, they feel like they know you. A lot of people feel they spend enough time watching me go through the good, the bad and the ugly so they feel like they know me and are a part of it. I’m kind of like a part of people’s families. You can’t buy that kind of connection with people.
You can’t really imagine until you get in that position where you meet these people all around the world and you’ve helped them get through some tragedy or gave them motivation. I get stuff from dads saying their sons and them watch every week and that’s their father and son thing they do and they thank me for that, for giving them something to connect with their sons and how they’re creating memories. I didn’t plan on doing any of that but it’s the position I was given. That stuff is important. Continue reading »
Dean featured on the Stone Cold Podcast tonight in perhaps his most personal and honest interview since coming to WWE. Letting us into a little of the man behind the ‘Lunatic fringe’and detailing his childhood growing up in Cincinnati with his sister, to his proudest accomplishment so far – being able to pay off his Mom’s house so that she could quit her job. Something no doubt every child would aspire to do for their parents. He also spoke about high school football and wrestling, as well as misbehavior that led to him discovering his gateway in to the world of wrestling; Heartland Wrestling Association and trainer Cody Hawk.
He talks The Shield, the expectations on him and his struggle to get to where he is now, as well as Vince McMahon, how he approaches a promos, his days on the indies – and he even cuts a Jon Moxley style promo on Stone Cold himself. You have to check it out, and you can watch in full at the links below. Highlight with his thoughts on Vince McMahon above! Enjoy!
Dean spoke with CBS Boston about his plans with the Championship, getting to sleep in his own bed and how it felt to finally reach the top.
BOSTON (CBS) — Sunday night in Las Vegas, Dean Ambrose won two matches in one night. He beat five other men in a Money In The Bank Championship contract ladder match. He went from winning that contract to — about an hour later — pinning Seth Rollins, in eight seconds, to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Seth Rollins had just beaten Roman Reigns following two Pedigrees.
A day later, Felger & Massarotti executive producer James Stewart talked to Ambrose.
James asked Dean if he’s slept since he won the championship and if he got to party with the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I actually got to sleep in my own bed last night, which is a rare, rare treat, because I live in Vegas,” Ambrose said. “I only slept in it for about an hour-and-a-half, but it was a good hour-and-a-half.”
Ambrose said the strongest feeling after winning the championship was one of relief.
“I was immediately so tired from a match that lasted 30 seconds,” he said. “I’ve never been more tired after a match in my life, because it was just like a big weight off my shoulders. Just the responsibility I had to the people who stuck behind me for so long. I’ve been chasing that thing for going on two years now. I’ve come so close to rolling that boulder to the top of the hill, and it kept falling back down over and over. So it was just nice to get that sucker over the hill and say, ‘All right, now we can chill out for a second.’”
James also asked Dean if he would have cashed in on Roman if Roman had retained against Seth Rollins.
“I woulda whacked him right in the back of the head with that briefcase,” Ambrose said. “Here’s the thing: I’m prone to losing things. I lose my keys and my sunglasses and my hat, I’ll lose my shoes. I lose everything. So the thought of carrying that briefcase around for a year, in the airport and going from hotel to hotel and building to building carrying around that ridiculous briefcase, I was like, ‘I’m gonna lose this thing. There’s no way I’m going to be able to keep track of this friggin thing for six months or a year, let’s just get to it tonight and let’s get this sucker out of my hands and get something else in my hands.’”
Saturday night, the WWE will have a live event here at the TD Garden in Boston. The scheduled main event was going to be Roman Reigns defending the WWE Championship against Seth Rollins but now with Dean winning the championship, the main event is up in the air.
“I will face any man, woman, child, any being, any monster that is in Boston,” Ambrose said. “Basically everybody you could possibly want to see is going to be at the TD Garden in Boston, because we love coming to Boston. It’s one of our best towns, our best audiences, and we’ve had a lot of great moments there. It’s kind of one of those shows that everybody looks forward to on the calendar. So everybody’s going to be in the building. I don’t know who’s going to step up. I always step up. I live at the plate, you know what I’m saying? So it could be anybody. Who knows what’s going to happen? But I’m going to be there, and I’m going to be taped up and ready to fight. So we’re going to see what goes down.”
Thanks to @VertigoMama on twitter, we have a few clips from Deans Wizard World Des Moines Q&A, we’ll try and get hold of the entire thing although the organizers now have a short clip policy and aren’t allowing people to record in full. Excuse shakyness at the end of the video, camera was under the control of her son!
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.”
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.