Current United States champion, Dean Ambrose, gets a little prickly if you ask whether he and The Shield are the good guys or the bad guys. In the end, he leaves it up to the fans to decide.
He recently defended his title against Dolph Ziggler, and he’ll have to do it again when he takes on R-Truth this weekend.
The wrestler joined WWE last year and almost immediately teamed up with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to fight what they see as injustice within the company.
Ambrose took a few minutes to talk to Festiva about how he got started with wrestling, what he sees as the next step for The Shield and who he thinks he might meet in the ring in the future.
FESTIVA: What can we expect from you (this weekend) when you come to Hidalgo?
DEAN: You can expect the whole crew hitting on all cylinders and doing right now the best product possible. We know the fans of Hidalgo, Texas, being such a big wrestling town, they expect the best. And we’re going to deliver the best.
You get to see it up close and personal. It’s much more intimate and much more intense being there live as opposed to being on TV and you’re sitting there in your living room. You feel all the impact, the energy from the crowd, the rumble and roar from the audience and you feel how it’s affecting the match.
F: What was it about wrestling that first appealed to you when you first discovered it?
D: The appealing thing is it’s drama you can get sucked into. It’s like any other entertainment like a book or a movie that takes you out of your real life for a while and puts you in the fantasy world because you believe these are real people — and they are real people and they are going through real struggles.
… You feel the triumph and you feel the failure of these people … the athleticism, the endurance, the creativity of the maneuvers, and the realism … And then there’s the high-flying stuff that makes your jaw drop. And not to be cliché, but it’s larger than life. It’s kind of like mixing your favorite rock ‘n’ roll show with your favorite sport … there’s so much wrapped up into one exciting package and I don’t think you could ask for more.
F: What is the goal of The Shield within the company?
D: Our goal, from a personal standpoint, is to work harder than everyone else day in, day out. Get up earlier, train harder and work harder in the ring.
… This business is ours for the taking and we can take it and we’re going to. And if anyone has a problem with that, then, too bad.
Also, I wouldn’t call us cheaters, I would call us winners. We’re not mercenaries, we’re not thugs. We just do what’s best for business by whatever means possible.
That’s all kind of up to you to make your own decision about whether that’s good or bad.
F: Do you still kind of find it amazing that you used to watch wrestling from home and now you’re (a part of it)?
D: It’s still very hard to wrap my brain around. I was in a main event overall last night, and that doesn’t sink in.
… I always expected to be here, from day one … it was just a question of when, but it was going to happen. And from the minute I got (to WWE), I expected to be in main events (I’m not in main events all the time, I’m still climbing the ladder).
… I try to stay pretty humble.
… Just being in the locker room with guys that I watched on TV; getting advice from Arn Anderson or William Regal, that kind of stuff is really cool to me; getting to work really closely with Triple H, it’s, no pun intended, a trip.
… It’s weird because you dream of being in this world one day and then you are and then it’s just everyday life … and it’s like, 7-foot (Big Show) walks into catering and it’s like, "What’s up, Show?"
F: If you could meet anyone in the ring …
D: I’ve had the opportunity to wrestle pretty much everybody, a huge litany of stars … and in my crystal ball, I see myself and CM Punk crossing paths and colliding. … It’s not anything that’s boiling right now.