Dean Ambrose is one third of WWE powerhouse group The Shield as well the United States champion .
He’ll be part of an upcoming WWE Live show this Saturday at The Dow Event Center that also features his teammates Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, The Big Show, Daniel Bryan and more.
Ambrose, in a phone interview with the Daily News earlier this week, said wrestling was something he always wanted to do, something he was born to do. It wasn’t a “far off dream,” it was something that was going to happen.
“There was no specific moment for me,” he said. “It was always what was in my head and always what I planned on doing.”
He was a student of the craft from a young age. He’d watch nearly any wrestling tape he could get his hands on from video stores, flea markets or the back of magazines. He’d watch every promotion, every era, every territory and study. He named wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart as his favorites, but he studied everything.
Ambrose was a fan, but he understood things on a different level from his peers, he said.
He got his start at 16 in Hartland Wrestling Association in Cincinnati and seemingly paid a lot of dues. He spent months setting up the ring for shows, working security and cleaning up. He then spent months taking different kind of bumps (falls or impacts) before learning a single hold. After about a year, he finally learned some basic tie ups and holds.
It was old school wrestling boot camp but Ambrose said he learned right and this strong foundation made him what he is today. He wants, and sees, himself and his teammates in The Shield to be seen as the “workhorses” of the WWE.
He’ll go out and wrestle a 25-minute match, defending his U. S. Title and still come out to wrestle a three-on-three tag match with The Shield, and he’s happy to do it.
“We want to set a standard that nobody is going to outwork us and outperform us,” he said.
His placement with The Shield is a perfect fit for him and he “couldn’t ask for a better situation.” The three have an us-against-the-world mentality, a great chemistry, and feed off each others attitudes, improving their abilities and confidence along the way.
“When I have Roman Reigns standing next to me I’m not afraid of running my mouth a little harder,” he said.
The Shield debuted late last year by making a few surprise attacks on fellow WWE superstars, sneaking through the crowd. This unique entrance became a big part of the trios’ style and fed into their reputation.
“Why would we come through the ramp like everyone else?” he asked. “We clearly have no friends.”
This reputation was justified with major appearances at pay per view events, including WrestleMania 29, a career highlight for Ambrose (that show and working with The Undertaker are two major highlights of the last year, he said.)
“It’s kind of verification that all your hard work paid off,” he said of WrestleMania, “and just the sheer volume — 80,000 people at Met Life Stadium. Its really hard to wrap your brain around that many people.”
Meeting fans in person is a regular highlight of his career, Ambrose said. Unlike many of his peers, he stays off social media “for his sanity,” but enjoys autograph signings and other places where he can interact with what the company calls The WWE Universe. He’s amazed by some of the fan works, such as art, the fanbase produces.
“I leave with a stack of pictures people drew for me or of me,” Ambrose said of autograph signings, often impressed by fans’ creativity.
The live events, while featuring many of the stars from television, are a different experience from the televised shows. There isn’t the time structure of commercial breaks slowing down the action and there are fewer interview and backstage segments.
“We’re there for the people in the audience,” he said. “There’s no cameras, this isn’t airing anywhere.
“You get to see guys letting it all out.”
This is the first stop in Saginaw in four years and Ambrose said the guys like to turn it up even more for cities they haven’t visited in a while.
Ambrose is scheduled to defend his title versus Michigan’s Rob Van Dam in Saginaw, he said, and enjoys wrestling Van Dam, someone he’s been a fan of for years — “even if I continually beat him.”
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