The following are highlights from a recent interview with WWE Superstar and member of The Shield, Dean Ambrose:
On what about pro wrestling first appealed to him: “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.”
On what the goal of The Shield is in WWE: “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.”
On if it’s surreal that he used to watch wrestling and now he is a part of it: “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?”
On if he could meet anyone in the ring, who it would be: “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.
Check out the complete interview online at TheMonitor.com.