WWE.com review this week due to being plagued by migraines, boo, hiss. Sorry about that!
Dean Ambrose and fellow Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match competitor Bad News Barrett traded hard-hitting strikes in SmackDown’s opening bout. With the Money in the Bank briefcase hanging high above the ring, it was The Lunatic Fringe who ultimately stood tall, using Dirty Deeds to silence the British brawler.
As the smoke cleared, a third Ladder Match participant, Jack Swagger, emerged and attacked the war-torn Barrett – an attack that resulted in a separated shoulder for the tough titleholder. Not one to shy away from a fight, a ravenous Ambrose hurled himself onto The Real American and quickly incorporated the ladder. Just as the unhinged Superstar was getting the better of the writhing Swagger, however, Seth Rollins launched a sneak attack on his former “business associate” that ended with a coldhearted Curb Stomp.
Jonathan Good may be living a charmed life in professional wrestling nowadays, but life wasn’t always easy for the man better known as Dean Ambrose.
Good, who grew up in the area known as the East End in Cincinnati, is evasive when asked if he had a rough upbringing.
“Who doesn’t have their own story?” he asked. “I grew up in Cincinnati, the east side of Cincinnati. I don’t really have any kind of heartbreaking sob story, just a regular old lower class American upbringing.”
Turning the focus away from his formative years and onto the beginnings of what could some day be a hall of fame wrestling career, he described his beginnings.“I started wrestling when I was 16 and (I spent) a lot of years on the road and a lot of years wrestling in every bingo hall and armory and bar and night club imaginable to get here,” Good said, referring to his current wrestling home, World Wrestling Entertainment. “I’ve travelled the entire world, put my body through a lot of abuse, (gaining) a lot of experience in becoming the guy I am today.”
Then the focus turns back to his early life.
“Mine might be a little bit different than most people, but everybody’s got their own story and that’s what makes you the person that you are.”
One thing Good is comfortable talking about when it comes to his youth is his lifelong love for pro wrestling.
“For me, wrestling was like an escape,” he answered when asked about what his earliest memories of the business are.
“I used to just clean out all the video stores, back when they used to have video stores,” Good said. “I would just go in there and just rent or steal or shoplift — whatever, flea markets, video stores — until I amassed this giant collection of video tapes. I can’t really remember when I started watching wrestling. I just can’t remember a time when I didn’t.”
In fact, pro wrestling became much more than an escape for the youngster. It became his life, long before it would become his livelihood.
“ I just became massively obsessed … I wanted to see everything. I wanted to watch all the (World Championship Wrestling) tapes, all the (World Wrestling Federation) tapes, all the (Extreme Championship Wrestling) stuff,” he said, pausing as his mind drifted back to his youth. “When I discovered ECW on TV,” Good said, passion evident in this voice, “I became hugely hooked on that. I got into getting their newsletter, getting tapes from them … tape trading … finding international stuff. I just became obsessed with learning the entire business.”
He was hooked.
“I feel like just through my own studying of the business before I even started (wrestling), I had what would be like a Master’s degree in wrestling history … through my own studying of it, without the Internet,” he said..
“I couldn’t have given half of a crap about anything they tried to teach me in school because it wasn’t interesting, but I’ll sit there for hours and read about every story and old fact and the history of some old time wrestler from the ’70s, the history of the territories and stuff like that,” Good said. “That’s all very intriguing to me. I’m a big history buff.”
Pro wrestling wasn’t just Good’s passion; it was his calling.
“I always kind of knew in the back of my head (that) that (was) the only thing I (liked) and the only thing I (knew). I always felt like that was what I was going to do and what I would be good at,” Good said. “I just kind of always knew that was where I was headed. I didn’t know how.”
RVAMag.com got a chance to sit down and talk with Dean about recent events, it sure makes for an interesting read! Original Article:Here!
WWE’s Dean Ambrose On Going Solo, Being in the Spotlight, and 10 Years of Pro Wrestling
It’s definitely debatable what has been the best part of the WWE’s product for the past twenty months, but whenever you bring up that discussion, one of the first things to come to mind would have to be The Shield, the three man faction made up of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose.
Since that first interview with The Shield in November of 2012, Dean Ambrose has been perhaps the most captivating and intriguing part of the group, being compared to wrestling legends such as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Brian Pillman. Some took it even farther and made the link between Ambrose and Heath Ledger’s portrayal as The Joker! With the end of the Shield just happening, Ambrose is on his own for the first time in WWE and if this past Monday night is any indication, it seems like the crowd is ready to see Ambrose tear through the WWE roster as a solo wrestler in the same fashion he did as part of The Shield.
We got to speak with Dean Ambrose on the eve of Sunday’s Money In The Bank PPV and a few weeks before he and the rest of the WWE return to Richmond at the Coliseum for Monday Night RAW. As always, he had plenty to say and a unique way to put it.
Money In The Bank is this Sunday night and you’re in the traditional match alongside six other wrestlers. What kind of thoughts or reservations do you have going into this match, especially considering ladder match pioneers like Edge and Matt Hardy have been so vocal about the long-term damages from them?
You know, it’s one of those things where a lot is at stake and you might have to take a big risk to get up that ladder. There’s a lot in play. Lots of metal, high heights, and a lot of players in the game. It’s a very unpredictable situation. You just have to go into with no fear and no reservations. You just have to go for it. You got to pick your spots and be smart though. Once you’re in front of that crowd, those lights go up, you see the briefcase hanging, and you feel the adrenaline; all your fears disappear. If you have fears in your head, that’s when you’re going to get hurt. You got to let that stuff leave your head, otherwise it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. You can be smart, but just don’t hesitate. It’s like Patrick Swayze said in Point Break. “Fear causes hesitation and hesitation causes your worst fears to come true.”
Does anyone in the office or backstage give you any advice or even guidelines on these matches?
Not really. I mean, everyone knows the score by this point even if it’s your first time. Usually everyone backstage is just crossing their fingers, praying, saying their Hail Mary’s, or whatever they have to do hoping nobody gets hurt. Pretty much everybody’s eyes are glued to the screen. Lot of “Oohs” and “Aahs,” but more “I hope he’s okay” and worrying and relief when it’s over and everyone comes out okay.
Now, three weeks ago, Seth Rollins turned on you and judging by the recent TV, it looks like you and Roman Reigns are no longer partnering together. What did you think about the turn and how it was done?
You never know what’s going to happen on Monday Night RAW. You always got to to tune in because anything can happen and the same things goes for us when we show up each Monday night. You never know what’s lurking around the corner or what twist they’re going to throw your way. The cool thing is The Shield never started going on the downslide. We went out at our absolute apex with a clean sweep of Evolution, one of the most decorated and dominate stables of all time. The cool thing to take away is that we did go out on a high point whereas other groups don’t and I take a lot of pride in that. We’re all still three of the best performers in the company and are still always going to carry that mindset and that work ethic and be that symbol of excellence. That becomes part of your psyche and you want to go out there every night, bust your ass, put on the best show possible, and refuse to be out-done by anyone. You’re still going to see that from us. You won’t see us working together in the classic Shield way, but all three of us with all of our egos and aspirations and desire are still going to be on your TV making our way up top. It’s an exciting time for the fans.
With Reigns being booked as WWE’s next big star and Rollins aligned with Triple H, are you worried at all about getting lost in the shuffle like so many other superstars are lately?
Pretty confident, huh?
I’ve got confidence for miles and miles every day I wake up. If you know anything about me or anything about my history, if I’m backed into a corner, I will put my head down and swing and bite and scratch and crawl and throw punches until my arms fall off. I get where I want to go whether anyone likes it or not. I’ve made a career and life out of proving people wrong and making people eat their words. I get where I want to go and get what I want. It’s not always a typical storybook because it’s Dean Ambrose – it’s not going to be. It might get ugly and might not always be the prettiest. I might have some scratches and bruises, but I’m going to get to where I want. You know, it can be really easy to listen to people. I’m a guy – I don’t listen to things or to the little things that is. The gossip or comments of public perception. All that matters is the crowd. I know who I am and I know what I do and I know how hard I’ve worked to get here. You never know which way the road is going to turn. I think the top guys wake up every day in the morning and look at themselves and say, “I’m a top guy, I’m a world beater, and no one’s going to stop me from getting what I want.” I do the same and I feel the same and have for a long time.
You’re one of the stand-outs each night on TV with the way you portray yourself on camera, in the ring, on the mic, and so on. Who do you draw inspiration from to put that all together or does it just come naturally?
I’ve been obsessed with wrestling for as long as I can remember. I used to scour every flea market and video store for tapes and I just amassed this giant collection of crappy bootleg video tapes. I’ve studied so much of the business from all aspects. Every territory, promotion, wrestler – trying to build up an encyclopedic knowledge of everything. You never know when that can help you out. I don’t have anyone in particular that inspires me, but stuff rubs off naturally. You watch a lot of guys and study a lot of guys and you’re going to pick up some of their mannerisms. When I get out there though, I’m very comfortable once the red light goes on and I’m front of the camera because that’s the time when you can just let go and do what you want to do. I literally go out there and don’t think about what I’m going to do. I just do stuff. I have no inhibitions. I’m not going to walk this way for my entrance, walk three steps down the ring, take my left hand up, and do my pose while I stand on the buckle. That’s not me. If I’m a bad mood, you’ll always see some kind of autobiographical reference of what kind of mood I’m in that day or what kind of situation that day. If I’m in a bad mood, I’m going to be scowling. If I’m in a good mood, I might be smiling. Maybe not. I might be kind of dancing or hopping if I’m a good mood. It will always reflect how I’m feeling right there in that moment. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll be in the ring fast. If I’m not, I’m going to go slow. I really just let it all hang out and whatever you see is whatever you get. I can’t tell you what it’s going to be day to day because I just don’t know.
To finish up, who in the locker room are you closest with?
Roman Reigns. He’s still my best friend, my buddy, and travelling partner. Me and Roman are tight. We’ve had on our differences on TV and we get into each our faces because we’re two alpha males so we’ll butt heads, but that’s why we love each other. We’re brothers and push each other and still got each other’s back. For Roman, he’s a super-charismatic, loveable, soulful guy that can be a beacon for everyone in the locker room which I think is just really good right now.
The locker room that is?
Yeah, we’ve just got a really good crew in the locker room. There are tons of guys I travel with or hang out with, but the whole locker room right now is just great. There’s not that division of top guys and bottom guys now that there used to be or has been in the past. I think The Shield helped that because we’re young guys who came in and said we’re going to take over this company by working hard and busting our ass. There’s been a lot of other people who came in after us and kind of took that similar mindset or copied it and it really helped things I think. It’s just a really good locker room now and one of the best I’ve ever been in. Lot of young hungry guys that all like hanging out with each other and love the business and want to see each other do well. I think it means great things are on the way for the company, for all of us, and for all of the fans.
Another week another RAW and Triple H takes to the ring to announce the participants in the Money in the Bank contract match at the weekends Pay Per View. Of course, Ambrose isn’t among the contenders, after all why would Triple H risk humiliating his new boy toy Rollins? No, wouldn’t want to do that. However, as Rollins gets in to a one on one bout against fellow contender Rob Van Dam, Ambrose decides he has a little something to say about this situation.
Crashing the match, Ambrose viciously attacks Rollins and drags him to the outside, continuing his assault until officials pull him away. However that doesn’t keep him at bay and as Rollins begins to get to his feet, Ambrose charges again. Bolting over the announce desk and launching himself at his former friend. Again Officials drag him away and Rollins scrambles to his feet and escapes up the ramp. Ambrose gets in to the ring and grabs a mic. The message is clear; Put him in the Money in the Bank match or he’ll just show up anyway, not only will he show up, he’ll gate crash the entire Pay Per View and destroy the match. Simple as that.
Message heard loud and clear. Backstage, Rollins goes to Triple H and claims he knows how to handle Ambrose and asks him to put him in the match as well. Triple H grants the request. Dean is heading toward a WWE Heavyweight Championship shot… or, Seths head on a spike. Either or.
The war heats up on Smackdown as Seth Rollins takes on Kofi Kingston in a one on one bout and comes out with a convincing win, he immediately begins to mouth off about being in the Money in the Bank match only to be silenced by Ambrose. Appearing on the titantron somewhere backstage, Ambrose tells Seth to be quiet and just listen – it’s about time he stopped letting Rollins think he could do a promo. Dean tells Rollins to be on his toes and to watch his back, because he’s coming for him. He won’t know when, he won’t know where, but it’ll be soon. Seth tries to make a comeback with idle threats, but Dean tells him to shut up and stop pretending. After he’s done with Kane tonight, he’s going to focus all of his energy on hunting down Rollins. Rollins and Kane will both have plenty to talk about when they’re sent back where they belong.. Hell.
Later on in the night Rollins comes out to sit on commentary while Dean takes on the ‘Demon’, Kane. Ambrose is quick on the attack and launches himself at Kane as the bells rung. Getting Kane on the run quickly which is a hard task to accomplish. Kane of course fights back, but Dean remains his relentless, hate fueled self and seems to have the match in hand with a couple of pinfall attempts. Until Rollins make’s his presence felt. Distracting Dean once again, however this time Dean dodges an attack from Kane and sends him flying over the ropes, only to launch himself right over after him. With Kane down, Dean turns his attention to Rollins. Leaping the announce desk and assaulting his former ‘business partner’ then getting back on the desk to return his focus to Kane. However he’s caught and slammed down to the outside mat. Ouch. Rolled back in to the ring, Dean finds himself on the receiving end of a chokeslam.. and it’s lights out.
Rollins gets back in to the ring to gloat over another successful distraction and as Dean tries to pick himself up, Rollins hits him with his curb stomp and leaves him down and out. Are emotions getting the better of him?
Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Working For: WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: United States 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!
Show: RAW August 18th, 2014 Match: Dean Ambrose Vs Seth Rollins (No Contest) Summary: The WWE Universe did, indeed, decide Dean Ambrose’s fate. Even though their selection of a Falls Count Anywhere Match firmly put Seth Rollins in the unstable one’s home turf, the anything-goes atmosphere ultimately allowed The Authority to make their biggest play yet in removing Ambrose from Rollins’ path. The decisive maneuver came after a lengthy street-style brawl between the two former Shield members wherein Ambrose bounced Rollins off the stage and The Aerialist chopped away at Ambrose with a Kendo stick before powerbombing him onto a pile of chairs. Ambrose answered with a superplex through a table. Kane, who had been observing at ringside, came in to aid Rollins when things got the most dire, and channeled his inner demon for the occasion. Not only did he help Rollins Curb Stomp Ambrose atop the announce table, he also removed the timekeeper’s desk to expose a hidden pile of cinder blocks through which Rollins drove Ambrose’s skull with a second Curb Stomp that caused the ref to stop the match. Advantage: Authority. Full Review: Click Here! Digitals:Click Here! Screencaptures:Click Here!
LIVE EVENT SCHEDULE
Sept 21st: Night Of Champions Sept 22nd: RAW: Memphis, TN Sept 23rd: Smackdown: Little Rock, AR Sept 29th: RAW: Chicago, IL Sept 30th: Smackdown: Milwaukee, WI Oct 4th: Live Event: Trenton, NJ Oct 5th: Live Event: Allentown, PA Oct 6th: RAW: Brooklyn, NY Oct 7th: Smackdown: Philadelphia, PA Oct 11th: Live Event: Macon, GA Oct 12th: Live Event: Savannah, GA Oct 13th: RAW: Atlanta, GA Oct 14th: Smackdown: Birmingham, AL Oct 19th: Live Event: Topeka, KS Oct 20th: RAW: Kansas City, MO Oct 26th: Hell In A Cell
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