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Welcome everyone to another Stone Cold Podcast WWE Network Special. This time we have current WWE champion for the Smackdown Live Brand, Dean Ambrose. If you’ve seen Dean on WWE programming, then you know this will be an excellent conversation. Let’s get to the show.
Austin said before the podcast started they were talking about pick up trucks and country music. Austin said he was surprised about that, he was expecting Dean to be a grunge music scene kinda guy.
Dean said he likes all types of music. As far as country music goes, he is more of an old time country music kinda guy.
Dean is from Cincinnati, Ohio. His mom worked third shift when he was younger, which meant she slept all day. His dad worked out of state. He said he became very independent as a result. He had a sister who also became very independent because of that.
Dean thinks he had a happy childhood regardless of the circumstances. He was so proud to do well for himself, and to be able to pay off his moms house and have her quit her factory job.
Dean said he was excellent in school when he was in elementary school. Once he got a little older he stopped caring about school. He could still do well, he just didn’t care. He was the guy who thought he was smarter than all the teachers. He eventually dropped out of high school.
He said he was a wreck in high school, getting into stuff he shouldn’t have gotten into. He didn’t think it would be appropriate to talk about those things. His parents let him do his own thing. He’s a go with the flow kinda guy, he likes to let the wind take him where it takes him.
He wrestled and played football when he was in high school. He played both ways in football. It hurt him a lot that he didn’t go to class much, and didn’t make very good grades.
Dean started to explore the world of wrestling around 16, 17 years old. At that point that’s all he cared about. He doesn’t have a first memory of wrestling, he just can’t remember a time where wrestling wasn’t his favorite thing.
Bret Hart was the first guy he got into. He liked how cagey he was. He became obsessed with wrestling. He stole a bunch of wrestling videos and watched them constantly. He loved ECW.
Austin said he sees a little Terry Funk in Dean. He wasn’t Dean’s favorite guy, but he did like Terry, especially the ECW version of Terry.
When he first started training he was trained by an old school guy, so he had to learn things the old school way. The guy who owned the organization was Les Thatcher. He started there at 16 years old, so he had to pay a lot of dues by sweeping the floors, selling popcorn, etc.
He thinks he got really good really quick. He started off with a call it in the ring type of style, and he prefers it that way. He doesn’t incorporate much amateur wrestling into his wrestling style because that’s just not his personality.
There were plenty of times where he came close to just wanting to quit because of a lack of opportunities to be successful in the business, but he said those failures helped propel him to the next level.
He feels like he really took off when he started just being himself. He would say whatever he wanted and do whatever he wanted. It was about 5 years into his career that he developed that attitude. WWE was the ultimate goal from the start.
Joey Mercury helped give him a shot in WWE. When he got a call for the first time he thought it was a joke. He was pumped when he found out it was real. He decided he was going to go down there and just be him whether it works or not.
He started in WWE at their developmental territory FCW. Dusty Rhodes was the booker of the territory. He had two programs with William Regal and Seth Rollins that he thinks, from a creative standpoint, were some of the best stuff he’s ever done.
He thought it was a myth that WWE gave you scripted promos. He was surprised to find out that was real. He thinks he’s a good talker, as long as he can talk off the dome, but he’s not good at memorizing lines. He doesn’t like scripted promos. He’s gotten to the point where Vince tells him he can pretty much say what he wants.
There have been plenty of times where he had a chip on his shoulder. He was determined to be a pro wrestler no matter what. Nowadays he doesn’t think he has a chip on his shoulder as much. That doesn’t mean he’s complacent, he’s still confident.
The formation of a shield was all organic. There were all friends to begin with. Originally they were going to be goons for CM Punk, but that never came to pass. There was no leader in the group, there were just three alpha males. They came in with the idea to beat the crap out of everyone, who cares what people think.
Dean doesn’t think they broke up the shield to fast, he thought it was perfect timing. He thinks they got as high as they could, and it was time to move on.
When the shield broke up, Dean was the last one to get a shot to hold the world title. Knowing that going in, he was determined to be the babyface WWE didn’t want.
Dean loves how he has a platform to inspire and help people. He considers it an honor to be in that position.
When he wrestled Brock Lesnar last WrestleMania, he walked to the ring pissed off. He was determined to make that match the craziest thing imaginable, but Brock didn’t want to do much artistically.
To Dean, the WWE championship means an opportunity to help and inspire. It also means he should do what he does.
He has a great relationship with Vince McMahon. He finds Vince very easy to talk to. He said he’s Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler, even though Vince won’t admit it.
Dean loves the brand extension. He likes the fact that there’s more opportunity for guys, and less over-exposure. It also gives everyone an extra day off at home.
Austin challenges Dean to raise the bar, go out on a limb, take more chances, be more edgy, etc. Austin has seen him push the envelope back in the day, and he wants to see more of it now.
This concludes the WWE Network Stone Cold Podcast Special. This was a great look at the life of Dean Ambrose. If you want to learn more about him then watch this special, it was very entertaining. Thanks guys for reading. Check back with us tomorrow for the next episode of The Steve Austin Show.
What did you guys think of the network special? Does anyone have a new respect for Dean Ambrose after watching the podcast?