In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Dean Ambrose talks about his character and how everyone may hate him in a month. The article highlights Ambrose as, “The WWE’s Unlikely Anit-Hero,” and Ambrose agrees.
Just days before Ambrose steps into his biggest WWE singles match ever at “Hell In A Cell” against his former SHIELD brethren Seth Rollins, he took time to talk to Kenny Herzog, mainly discussing aspects about his character, his influences, and so-on.
“It’s still a bit strange. I never pictured myself being liked by anybody. I’ve always fed off negativity and wanting people to hate me. That attitude really fueled me for my entire career. So being a guy that people like and want to cheer for is the weird part.
I’m trying all kinds of crazy stuff at house shows just for my own amusement and to see what the people are gonna do. Ya know, start a match, jump me in the aisle, and I’ll just fight from underneath the whole time. I don’t need a shine. I don’t need to arm-drag you four times. They know who I am.
Who knows how long that will last? All the people who love me right now are probably gonna hate me next month.”
He also talks about being a main eventer now and the load he has to carry from that, saying,
“Having that main event load to carry is very comfortable for me. Anything less is uncomfortable. I think we’ve trained the audience that it’s, ‘Good guy goes down, good guy starts shaking, crowd starts clapping, good guy claps his hands three times, hits his move, finish.
Everybody’s got a formula for their comeback. And no offense to anybody, but John Cena has his comeback, Kofi Kingston has his comeback. I’ve got a little formula too, but I keep it much shorter. I’m like, ‘Why does everything have to be so locked into a box?'”
Upon being compared to superstars of the past such as Brian Pillman, Raven, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and others, Ambrose says he grew up idolizing guys like them, saying,
“…those outlaws, those crazy, coming-in-the-building, throwing their bag down, walking straight to the ring, raising hell, ass-kicking old-school workers. I have that anti-romantic image in my head. I was kind of living in my own little mini-version of that.”
Ambrose also shows his confidence in being the superstar he knows he can be, saying that he knows he’s made a spot that only he can fill on the WWE roster. When asked if he’s worried about other main eventers like Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan returning soon, he says,
“I’ll be fine. There’s no, ‘Oh my God, somebody else is gonna come back and take my spot.’ I wanna have a spot that’s my spot, that nobody can take away, because nobody else is me.”
You can read the entire interview here.
Love some Ambrose. Stoked for Sunday now!