After being made to go out on a ‘promotional tour’ and miss Monday Night RAW, Dean arrived on Main Event in a bad mood. Shaking hands and taking pictures with babies isn’t exactly his thing but the Authority will do anything to get him away from their precious Seth Rollins, won’t they? Dean says the Authority can do whatever they like, he won’t stop and he’ll go through everything they have to throw at him just to get to Rollins. He challenges Rollins to get his backside out to the ring and face him like a man – but as per usual, Rollins is nowhere to be found. Instead, Dean’s challenge is answered by Alberto Del Rio who comes to the ring and tells Dean he’s wearing a target on his shoulder and tonight he’s going to rip his arm off and take it home to put on his mantle. Dean dares him to try it but as the two get in one anothers faces, Alberto strikes Dean with a kick to the shoulder and then bolts like he ate a bad sandwich to the back. Leaving Dean seething in the ring.
The match headlines the night and with Dean in a foul mood its vicious from the outset. Dean takes early control of things and works on wearing the hardy Del Rio down. The action spills to the outside and Dean’s favorite environment, Dean sending Alberto smashing in to the barrier before tossing him back in to the ring. After tying Del Rio up like a pretzel the tides turn as Dean charges and Del Rio dodges, sending Ambrose smashing in to the ring post shoulder first.
Alberto follows in the footsteps of others and begins to pick apart Dean’s shouler, but as ever he endures the punishment Del Rio has to give and battles back, getting Del Rio on the run again and hitting his signature suicide dive on Alberto on the outside. With things looking to be well and truly in Dean’s favor, Seth Rollins makes his appearance. Distracting Dean, Ambrose drops out of the ring and the pair launch in to a fist fight. The bell is rung and Del Rio is disqualified. Rollins attempts to get the best of Dean however Dean turns the tables and sends Rollins smashing in to the barrier. Rolling him in to the ring, Dean then knocks him right out of it again, sending Rollins running for the hills. Dean challenges him to return but it seems like Rollins has had quite enough for one night. Instead, Ambrose grabs Del Rio and hits him with his Headlock Driver to put the exclamation point on a successful night.
Dean conducted an interview with Alternative Nation and talked music and pop culture, new signings and traveling on the road, check out some highlights below and head over to the site for full coverage!
Since last year AlternativeNation.net has done several celebrity interviews with athletes and entertainers from MLB, the NHL, and WWE. Our latest celebrity interview is with WWE superstar Dean Ambrose, who discusses his musical taste and wrestling career. Ambrose will perform at WWE’s SummerSlam event on August 17th on the WWE Network.
You used a lot of great songs on the indies over the years as your entrance theme including songs by Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, L7, Led Zeppelin, Deftones, Misfits, Muse, and Foxy Shazam. What motivated you to pick some of songs you have as your themes in the past?
A couple of them, I might have thought out beforehand, and came in with the idea. But a lot of the time I would show up and put no forethought into the music I’m coming out to. I would be like, ‘What have you got?’ They would be like, ‘We’ve have 4 CD’s, pick between these. And [it would be like] uh, use that.’ Sometimes there was no forethought into it at all, and then sometimes it stuck and they always kept bringing me out to that song. Some of them I picked, like Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” because it’s a classic, it’s got such a good vibe that I felt it fit me really good. L7 same thing, just a song [“Sh*tlist”] that pumps me up, and puts me in the right frame of mind. You want a song that puts you in the right frame of mind, so when you hear it, it is part of the performance. If the song doesn’t match your attitude when you’re walking out, then you’re off to a bad start already.
What are you usually listening to backstage these days, or when you’re traveling?
Right now, me and Roman Reigns are pretty obsessed with a guy named Shooter Jennings, he’s a country artist and he’s also Waylon Jennings’ kid. We like Hank Williams, and country music on the road. When I’m working out, I like Deftones a lot. This is kind of a cop out, to say I listen to everything, but I’m not a fan of a particular genre, I just like good music. I like rap, I like The Game, like I said Deftones, Slayer, Pantera, stuff like that I’ll listen to when I’m working out. When we’re traveling, or just hanging out in the locker room, we like keeping it light with some country music, and fun songs. It’s never a bad time to have some Pink Floyd The Wall going at like 4 in the morning if you’re traveling by yourself on the highway, and getting into some crazy driving zone and tripping out, that’s pretty cool too.
Right, I think listening to everything makes sense as a wrestler because you’re around so many people. Like I saw Colt Cabana talk about having a complete education on some metal bands that he never would have heard of before, just by being in the cars with guys like that, it’s just kind of the way it is in wrestling. Moving onto wrestling, what did you think of your Battleground match with Seth Rollins being turned into brawling segments? Do you think it helped build the anticipation more for a match at SummerSlam?
You never know what you’re going to see, card subject to change always. There are some fans that may have been a little disappointed, but I think in the long run nobody will really remember it as much as a negative as they might have instantly thought they would. That night definitely upped the intensity of the rivalry between me and Seth Rollins. If anything, even though there was a lot of craziness in me getting kicked out of the building, and fans never got to see the match, but one of the things I take away from it is that at the beginning of the night they wanted to see the match. But they weren’t all that vocal, and they didn’t really realize how much they wanted to see it, but when they realized they weren’t going to get it, the whole place started chanting: ‘Let them fight.’ Then the whole place realized just how much they wanted to see it. I think the way it worked out shone a bigger spotlight on me and Seth and our rivalry, than if we had just gone out there and wrestled, personally.
It was a sucessful week for Dean, after thwarting The Authorities plans at Battleground he went on to give Cesaro a hard time on Monday Night RAW and again winning a No DQ Match on Smackdown. The only stumbling block was an attack from Seth Rollins after winning that match. Dean jumps up two spots on WWE’s power rankings as a result!
Ambrose tore through Cesaro on Monday despite disqualifying himself in the process, he certainly sent a message to the Authority as well as his opponent. Foolishly, Cesaro requests a no disqualification rematch for Friday night Smackdown. And they call Dean the lunatic?
Foolishness aside, Dean’s more than happy in this kind of environment and immediately launches himself at Cesaro all over again. Beating him from corner to corner and taunting him and then taking things to the outside. He digs under the ring and finds himself some kendo sticks, then digs around the other side to pull out chairs. This is completely his playground. However as he gets up on the apron to take a chair in to the ring, Cesaro hits him with a big boot to the face and knocks him back to the outside. Cesaro takes control and tries to batter Dean with a kendo stick, but Dean ducks out of the way then throws Cesaro over the barrier. Beating him relentlessly on the outside, Dean grabs the ring bell and leaps from the barrier, striking Cesaro around the head with it! He then picks up a kendo stick and gets up on the announce table, jumping from it intent on striking, only for Cesaro to counter with a blow of his own to Dean’s middle.
With Cesaro taking control he slams Dean on to the seats of some chairs and then he goes straight for Dean’s shoulder. Ramming a kendo stick in his mouth and contorting him in the middle of the ring. Dean refuses to give up however and endures the torture, only to laugh in Cesaros face! Dean captures the kendo stick and strikes back, setting up his own nasty chair configuration. Cesaro blocks his attempts to suplex him on to them but Ambrose is relentless, eventually getting his way he suplexes Cesaro on to one of the chairs.. ouch, bad landing.
Cesaro somehow survives this and strikes back with a rollup out of the corner that Dean kicks out of. But it puts Cesaro back on the offensive, going after that shoulder again and ramming Dean in to the ringpost. Dean battles through and after a well timed suicide dive, goes back under the ring and retrieves a whole stack of chairs, piling them up on the ring. However after he rolls Cesaro back inside, Seth Rollins attacks! Dean foils his attempt through, hurling Rollins over the barricade and going back after Cesaro and the stack of chairs. A plan that would backfire horribly as Cesaro knocks him down from the turnbuckles then reverses the suplex, sending Dean crashing down on to the chairs. Miraculously, Dean kicks out of a pin and then counters with a rollup and gets the win!
The victory is very short lived though as Rollins jumps him from behind, beating him down in the corner. Cesaro then hits Dean with the Neutralizer, followed by Rollins’ Curb Stomp. It’s a bad ending to a great week for Dean.
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: Smackdown July 25th, 2014 Match: Dean Ambrose def. Cesaro Summary: Dean cost himself a match on RAW against Cesaro when he attacked him with chairs, so he heads in to a No DQ rematch on Smackdown. A match thats brutal from the outset, neither man holds back in their mission to prove a point. Kendo sticks and chairs used to their best effect. As Dean looks set to take the win by suplexing Cesaro through a stack of chairs, Seth Rollins attacks. But this time Dean foils his plans! Tossing Seth over the barricade, Dean goes back after Cesaro. A suplex is reversed as Ambrose finds himself smashed down on to the stack of chairs himself, but he kicks out of a pinfall attempt and rolls Cesaro up to get the win! Read the full review below! Full Review: Click Here! Digitals:Click Here! Screencaptures:Click Here!
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