Dean spoke with Gordon Holmes of Xfinity and talked about Hell in a Cell, Brock Lesnar and more. Head on over to the website for the full interview and check out an excerpt below!
WWE’s Dean Ambrose on Hell in a Cell: ‘I’m Looking to Raise the Bar a Little Bit’
Vengeance has always been a prominent motivation in sports entertainment. Hulk Hogan spent his career battling turncoats like Paul Orndorff, Andre the Giant, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The Undertaker squared off against his evil half-brother Kane on several occasions. And, Shawn Michaels went toe-to-toe with his former Dudes with Attitude partner Kevin Nash.
So, when Seth Rollins betrayed his Shield brothers, it was only natural for Dean Ambrose to want to get back at him. The main difference? While Hogan, Taker, and Michaels used legdrops, chokeslams, and superkicks to gain a measure of revenge on their rivals, Ambrose has employed ketchup, mustard, and green slime.
To each his own.
I spoke with WWE’s “Lunatic Fringe” in the days before his Hell in a Cell brawl with Seth Rollins and had a chance to ask him about living up to the Cell’s legacy, his path to WWE stardom, and what it’s like to be cheered after growing up a bad guy…
Any questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
Gordon Holmes: This Sunday you’re entering Hell in a Cell with Seth Rollins. This match has a legacy of amazing, brutal bouts. How are you going to stand out? Dean Ambrose: Going into anything like this, you want to put your own stamp on it. You want to do something that’s never been done before. I hate a formula. I hate stepping in the footsteps of those that came before me. And Seth has the same mindset. Even though we’re enemies and opponents, and are going to be trying to rip each other’s heads off in the Cell. Holmes: You’ve got a straight-up comparison that night as John Cena and Randy Orton are going to be having their own Hell in a Cell match. Ambrose: The kind of guys that we are and you go back to the competitive chips we have on our shoulder. You go back to the attitude that we came into this company with? We’re going to blow anything they put up out of the water. You know what I mean? Holmes: I do, looking forward to it. Ambrose: (Laughs) If you know anything about me, you know that I don’t have any trepidation. I’m not going to walk into there shaking in my boots. It’ll be my first time and Seth Rollins’ first time. I’m not afraid to take a risk. And Seth Rollins isn’t afraid to take a risk. I don’t see anything that Seth Rollins can do to me, or the Authority, or the Cell is anything worse than anything I’ve been through. I’m looking to raise the bar a little bit. And it’s hard because the Cell is a lot higher than it used to be. Holmes: Yes, this isn’t the Cell Mick Foley was tossed off of. Ambrose: I don’t think people realize. It’s like 20-foot higher! Well, I don’t know the exact height. It’s significantly higher than the one (Mick) Foley fell off of. I think that was done to prevent anybody from trying to jump off of it again. Now, it’s quite literally impossible to jump off of. It’s hard to do anything new inside that thing now. But fortunately I’ve got a big toolbox of ideas, man. This ain’t my first time at the rodeo even though it’s my first time in the Cell. I’ve got a nice cache of little ditties that I can bust out. I’m determined to do something that nobody has ever seen before in the Hell in a Cell.
They say “That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – Well I say That which doesn’t kill you better run like Hell. Something Seth Rollins has become increasingly good at over the last few months as he continues to run and run from Dean Ambrose. Seths tried his hardest to put Dean on the shelf for good but he’s proven time and time again you just can’t keep a crazy lunatic down. Now, Rollins is running out of places to hide and on Sunday he’ll be shut in a large cell alone with the man he betrayed. This time theres nowhere to run and we can safely say Dean owes him a world of hurt for the things he’s put him through. That said, it’s no surprise Seth Rollins is a little on edge this week on RAW. Posturing and attempting to establish himself verbally as the new top player in the game. Somehow, we’re just not buying it. Neithers Ambrose, who’s sitting backstage watching ‘See No Evil 2′ and eating Popcorn. Call it research.
With a 3 on 2 Handicap Street Fight coming up later that night, John Cena’s more than a little bemused by Dean’s cavalier attitude, asking him why he isn’t preparing or making a plan. Dean says nonsense! Of course he has a plan. Hit anything that moves and just keep swinging. What more of a plan do you need? Speaking of movies, he compares Cena to Superman with his fighting for the forces of good and his strong jaw. Dean? He thinks of himself more as Batman, he just likes beating up scumbags. Cena shakes that off, telling him he’s far more like The Joker. Dean makes a face at that, why’s everybody round here so serious?
A little later in the night Dean’s spotted heading to the ring carrying a pretty hefty bag. When he gets there, he unzips it to reveal a lifesize Seth Rollins doll. Creepy. Well, Rollins IS The Authoritys puppet after all. In a second bag, Dean has a collection of weapons and he proceeds to give the crowd a little demonstration of what he’s going to do when he gets hold of Rollins on Sunday. Jam a screwdriver up his nostril? Why not. Rip his hands off? Sure. He pulls out a saw and says he was going to saw Seths testicles off but being as he already sold them to The Authority he can’t really do that. After abusing the doll some more, Rollins finally shows his bearded face and he isn’t impressed. Insulting Dean, insulting the crowd, telling him he doesn’t sweat him or the Cell hanging over his head. It’s as they argue, a legend makes his appearance. Mick Foley crashing the party as one of the most iconic stars of Hell in a Cell ever, he comes to the ring to address them both. He says The Shield were awesome, but he’d really been looking forward to seeing Rollins and Ambrose square off. Under normal circumstances, he’d give Rollins the advantage. But Hell in a Cell isn’t normal circumstances. In that environment? He gives the edge to Dean.
He goes on to warn them both that they’ll never be the same after the Cell. That it leaves mental and physical scars they’ll never forget. Dean chimes in and says that doesn’t worry him, he’s got enough scars already both in his head and on his body that a few more wont make a lick of difference, he lost his innocence long ago. He says nobody in the locker room understands him and the places his mind goes – nobody except maybe for Mick. He says Mick can look in to his eyes and see that he is completely ready to destroy Seth inside the Cell. Seth says Deans beneath him and not on his level. Before the two men can break in to a brawl, Foley comes between them and tells them they’re headed in to the match of their lives. Have a nice day.
Later on in the night the Handicap match rolls around and Cena and Ambrose attack their opponents the second they get in to the ring, not waiting for the bell and getting the jump on them. Starting out strong, Dean runs riot through their opponents and things crash to the outside, mayhem breaking out as Air Ambrose hits again and he takes out everybody with a leap from the announce desk. Then it’s weapons time. Chairs and tables brought in to the fray. However the numbers game catches up to them as they head in to the break and Dean finds himself slammed through a folded table on the outside. When we return from commercial, Deans isolated in the corner by Rollins and having his neck stretched and his back bent. He opts to bite a chunk out of Rollins in an attempt to get away but it doesn’t work. The trio triple teaming him in the corner. Dean endures as only he can and with a surge of adrenaline, fights back and manages to get the tag. John Cena coming in like a coiled spring, Dean falls to the outside to catch his breath. But once again the numbers game catches up and Cena is soon grounded by the Authority. On the outside, Dean’s ran in to steel steps and left out in the cold, while Orton, Rollins and Kane proceed to pick Cena apart in the ring.
Kane orders the Cell be lowered, trapping all five of them in there. Ambrose gets a second wind and throws himself from the top turnbuckles, taking out The Authority. He goes after Orton with a Kendo stick and all hell breaks loose. Getting himself his first taste of the Cell. Amidst the mayhem however, it’s Dean that eventually turns right in to an RKO and is put down for the three count. There’s little time to think much on it though as Rollins instantly Curb Stomps Orton – uh oh. That’s not going to go down well with The Authority, is it.
Seth Rollins opens up Smackdown by coming to the ring and addressing the crowd, telling us that Ambrose doesn’t belong in a Cell he belongs in a Straight Jacket. He also admits he might have sold out, but at the Pay Per View Ambrose is going to be ‘Carried’ out after the beating he gives him. Hmm, good luck with that one, Seth. It seems like we aren’t the only ones tired of Seths posturing and running away schtick, as Dolph Ziggler interrupts him and the two get face to face in the ring, tempers flaring and a match breaking out. Unfortunately it’s Seth that eventually gets the win and gloats over Zigglers fallen form. That is until Dean makes his appearance!
Coming down to the ring clutching his hell in a Cell contract in hand, Dean gets in to the ring and Rollins gets the heck out. Fleeing to the ramp and getting as far away from his former brother as possible. Dean asks him where he’s going, telling him he just wants to chat. He finally got what he’s been foaming at the mouth for, the locked down opportunity to tear Seth limb from limb in a room without doors.. well.. a cell. And a padlocked door. And a lot of weapons. Even better. Dean says after he’s jammed one foot down his throat and the other where the sun don’t shine, the rest of what he’s going to do to Rollins can’t be said on this program. We can’t wait.
Kane interrupts Dean’s threats and says he’s disappointed he doesn’t have a match at Hell in a Cell, he loves the sound of people screaming in pain. That said, he’s decided to put himself in a match with Dean tonight. How thoughtful, another chance for Dean to whip his ass all around the ring! Later on in the night Dean stops by with Renee Young to talk movies. Saying Kane’s obviously starred in one too many horrors and he’s going to turn this in to an action movie instead. Yippee Ki Yay!
The match rolls around and Dean wastes no time, getting right in Kane’s face and starting out strong, he runs circles around both his opponent and Rollins outside, using his quickness to out-move the larger man and not let him get his hands on him. Beckoning them both on, he taunts Seth and seems to have Kane on the run until he goes for a DDT off of the turnbuckles and Kane counters it, tossing Dean across the ring. It’s the one slip up Kane was looking for to take control of the match. A big boot to Dean’s face almost secures him the victory but Dean’s never one to stay down easily, the action spilling to the outside where Kane rams Dean against the barrier several times then smashes his hand against the ring steps. Reeling from this Dean tries to catch his breath and shake off the cobwebs but Kane’s relentless. Dean endures as Kane goes after the hurt hand and as the action spills outside again, Dean turns things around. Blocking Kane from smashing him against the steps, Dean reverses and introduces Kane to the steel instead. Quickly picking up momentum Dean takes to the air and takes down Kane with a suicide dive then a huge dropkick from the top turnbuckles. A bulldog later and Dean gets a 2 count but not enough for 3. Psyching himself up for his big finish, Rollins gets on to the apron and distracts Dean from picking up the win. As he goes for his slingshot clothesline, Seth tugs him out through the ropes and the match is ended, Dean picking up victory via DQ.
The vultures descend and Rollins and Kane begin to pick Dean apart. Kane tossing a chair in to the ring, Seth attempts to set Dean up for another curb stomp, but he has it scouted. Moving quickly, Seth ends up hitting the chair instead and Dean grabs it, going after both of them with the steel object. Kane gets the brunt of it and the duo make a run for it, leaving Dean in the ring frothing at the mouth and promising at Hell in a Cell he’s going to rip Seths face off.
They’ll be cleaning his skin off the cell for weeks.
WrestlingFigures.com hosted Ringside Fest on October 4th in Times Square in New York City and have a video up on their Youtube channel showing Dean and other attendees signing and meeting fans. Check it out!
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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 October 3rd, 2014 Match: Ambrose & Cena Vs Kane & Orton (No Contest) Summary: John Cena and Dean Ambrose remained obsessed with individually getting payback on Seth Rollins, but they turned their focus to battling Corporate Kane & Randy Orton in SmackDown’s main event. When Mr. Money in the Bank emerged in the height of the hard fought match, however, Cena abandoned his tag team partner and ignited a brawl with his foe that stretched all the way to the back. The actions of the 15-time World Champion left the war-torn Ambrose to face the combined aggression of his opponents alone, and the fact that their double-team brought an end to the match by disqualification couldn’t have mattered less. After Kane hit the chokeslam on the unstable Superstar, WWE's Apex Predator finished him off with the RKO. By the time Cena returned to the ring, the damage had already been done. Full Review: Click Here! Digitals:Click Here! Screencaptures:Click Here!
LIVE EVENT SCHEDULE
Oct 21st: Smackdown: Wichita, KS Oct 26th: Hell In A Cell Oct 27th: RAW: San Antonio, TX Oct 28th: Smackdown: Houston, TX Nov 2nd: Binghamton, NY Nov 3rd: RAW: Buffalo, NY Nov 4th: Smackdown: Albany, NY Nov 6th: Cardiff, Wales Nov 7th: Belfast, Northern Ireland Nov 8th: Minehead, England Nov 9th: Leeds, England Nov 10th: Bournemouth, England Nov 11th: Smackdown: Liverpool, England Nov 12th: Newcastle, England Nov 13th: Glasgow, Scotland Nov 14th: Braunschweig, Germany Nov 15th: Frankfurt, Germany Nov 17th: RAW: Roanoke, VA Nov 18th: Smackdown: Knoxville, TN
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