Dean Ambrose chatted with Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal on June 1st, to promote a WWE Live event in the area. It's a fantastic interview, worth reading in its entirety. Here are a few select quotes:
Ambrose on the success of The Shield, and it's connection with the audience:
We’re three guys who are very confident in what we can do and we’re not dilly-dallying around. We know how good we are. We want to go out there and really try to grab the bull by the horns. The way we look it, it’s like this company is ours for the taking. The company wants young guys to step up and it’s like ‘I don’t care we’re taking over.’
A lot of veterans and the office have wanted guys to have that kind of attitude. We’re not afraid and we’re not intimidated. In our minds, we are the main event. Being fresh and being new, no one’s seen our faces before on TV. Maybe they knew me and Seth before we were on TV. Roman is a natural and he keeps getting better every day. We have so much talent and so much confidence in our ability. We came in and we were already on the level and we can already go.
On growing up as a wrestling fan, and what influences him:
I have been a wrestling fanatic my entire life, pretty much to the post of obsession. I’ve educated myself on everything WWE, WCW. I was a really big ECW fan in the 90s as a kid. The ECW product in the 90s really connected with me. It was a very aggressive product and everybody was kind of out for themselves. There was volatility and anger and it really connected with me as a young fan because there was a lot of excitement and it felt fresh with new stars and new concepts. It was very organic and real. I watched international wrestling. I was ordering bootleg tapes and collecting magazines and pulling pictures out of the magazines. Reading up on every independent wrestler. Reading books and educating myself. It’s almost like I have a Master’s level degree in wrestling history. I always knew wrestling was in the future and that was the reason I wanted to educate myself. The business side fascinates me too. Everything from how different territories got hot at different times and who was on top and why. Mid-South Wrestling or the rise and fall of Stampede. The different periods where the Japanese companies were hot. The ebbs and flows have always been fascinating to me. You can always learn from different parts of wrestling history. There might have been something that was really cool, maybe in the 60s and 70s that worked back then, but that no one has tried in a while and you might be able to take it and use it today.
My entire life has been like that. I never liked just one part. I was an ECW fan when I was kid, but I have literally been watching everything.
Ambrose on cutting promos:
Cutting a promo has always come very naturally and it’s nothing I ever had to work on. I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t have a particular process. You have to not be afraid to be yourself and let go and tap into how you really feel. You need to let loose. If you can do that, you can show people a different side of your personality. Get in front of the camera and be free. I enjoy being in front of the camera and I use it as an outlet. In real life, I’m a pretty private person. I’m not a flashy, attention-seeking, kind of guy. When the red light goes on, you have an opportunity to be whatever you want and let loose and use it as an outlet. I’m able to take a lot of aggression off my choice. I guess my best advice would be to just cut loose and not be afraid to just let your real self come out from inside.
If you get intimidated by the camera, that shows through. Just enjoy cutting it loose. Guys today, a lot of them only learned one way to do it. They came up in developmental or whatever and are told what to say and that’s the only way they know how to do it. I didn’t come up that way, fortunately. I don’t want anybody to tell me what to say. When you put words in my mouth, I don’t like that. With a promo, you have an opportunity to sell tickets and sell pay-per-views and create interest. Every single time, the camera’s on you, you have a chance to expand your bank account and puts (butts) in the seats and help your performance. It’s all a big part of a masterpiece of an angle or a story that climaxes in a match. It all ties together. The things aren’t separate for me. Say you have a year-long feud that has three matches and 20 promos. It’s all one big work of art that ties in together. You think ahead of what’s going to happen in the ring. It all ties in together. It’s one big puzzle with a bunch of different pieces.
Drew's take: The interview also has some comments regarding working with The Undertaker, the concept and evolution of The Shield, and much more. Ambrose comes off as very well spoken and confident that he's the guy to take the company where it needs to be. It's a great interview and gives an insight into one of the hottest acts in professional wrestling today.