Game Rating: 88
HEIGHT: 6'4" WEIGHT: 225 lbs.
FROM: Cincinnati, Ohio
FIRST WWE GAME: WWE 2K14
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: United States Champion
Dean Ambrose is a dangerous man.
The Cincinnati scrapper began his path to WWE with a fearless career on the independent scene, notable for his ability both to absorb and to distribute punishment in equal measure. Through his years toiling away in obscurity, Ambrose competed in some of the most vicious environments imaginable, sacrificing his body and blood in the pursuit of inflicting as much damage on his opponent as humanly possible. Victory was incidental. What mattered to Ambrose was always the message.
The trend would continue upon Ambrose’s arrival in WWE’s developmental territory. The young Superstar had barely set foot in the big leagues when he laid down a challenge at the feet of William Regal, ultimately competing with the Englishman in a brutal one-on-one match that left Regal scarred and Ambrose with a dislocated shoulder.
When asked for his motivation behind such incidents, Ambrose’s response was chilling. “Just to see what would happen, I get bored,” he said. “When there’s a hornet’s nest buzzing, I’ve got to poke it. I like violence. I like danger. I live life to feel alive.”
Such was Ambrose’s unpredictability that he was not permitted to compete after NXT moved to Full Sail University. But true to form, he would not be held down from spreading his own personal brand of chaos to WWE. Along with NXT Champion Seth Rollins and the towering Roman Reigns, Ambrose made his most dangerous movement yet when the threesome attacked Ryback at Survivor Series 2012, driving the beast through a table and repeating the feat the next night on Raw. Ambrose led the charge, wildly hurling his body into Ryback and initiating the brutal beatdown perpetuated by his comrades.
The trio took up the name of “The Shield” — black-clad advocates of justice in a WWE they believed had lost its way — and announced themselves as the most impressive sports-entertainment trio since the days when The Fabulous Freebirds terrorized Dallas. In the months after they debuted as a united front, The Shield was literally unstoppable as a unit. They beat Ryback & Team Hell No in a Six-Man Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match at WWE TLC and bested the imposing grouping of John Cena, Sheamus & Ryback at WWE Elimination Chamber. At WrestleMania 29, The Shield made victims of Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show in what was The Show of Shows debut of “The Hounds of Justice.”
The next night, the trio made their boldest play yet when they attempted to ambush The Undertaker, but the sudden appearance of Team Hell No drove them back into the crowd to regroup ... until two weeks later, when the trio defeated The Phenom, Kane and Bryan in a Six-Man Tag Team Match on Raw. Ambrose was less fortunate when he submitted to Hell’s Gate later that week in a singles bout with The Undertaker, but The Shield swarmed The Phenom and left him prone with the Triple Powerbomb all the same.
In the weeks that followed, Ambrose made it a point to antagonize the United States Champion, Kofi Kingston, culminating with Ambrose winning his first title in WWE at Extreme Rules by defeating The Dreadlocked Dynamo. Although Ambrose’s first defense of the championship degenerated into Six-Man Tag Team action, he successfully defeated Kingston on the May 27 edition of Raw to retain his title. A Disqualification non-title loss to Kane on Raw a few weeks later put Ambrose on course for a collision with The Big Red Monster at WWE Payback. Yet, the depraved Superstar was able to retain his title after planting the big man with a DDT on the arena floor, defeating him via Count-out. The next night, a title rematch descended into chaos when The Shield interfered, an act that cost Ambrose the match via Disqualification but left Kane the worse for wear after they unleashed the Triple Powerbomb once again.
Ambrose earned his next marquee opportunity when he competed in the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WWE Money in the Bank, but was unsuccessful in the attempt. Still, he and his fellow Shield-mates made another vicious statemtent the next night when they attacked Mark Henry with the Triple Powerbomb, later doing the same to Daniel Bryan after he, Orton and Cena defeated The Shield via DQ on the August 5 edition of Raw. The attack was enough to send Orton, who was about to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on Cena, into retreat.
Now aligned with WWE COO Triple H, Ambrose and his Shield cohorts have made life hell for Daniel Bryan while continuing their winning ways. Ambrose’s successful United States Title defense against Dolph Ziggler at Night of Champions was proof of this. But the next night on Raw, Ziggler struck back with a victory on Raw. Clearly, Ambrose needs to keep close watch on The Showoff.