He’s been compared to Roddy Piper, the Loose Cannon Brian Pillman, and even Steve Austin in his recent anti-authority role, but Dean Ambrose tells the Pro Wrestling Weekly that it’s never been a concious decision to emulate anybody else.
“Everybody is always going to get compared to someone else. I’ve been watching everything all my life, studying everybody. Something might rub off from somebody, but the list would be so expansive and eclectic,” says the Lunatic Fringe, a moniker that define’s his crazy character and is also a homage to a Cincinnati rock station he grew up listening to. “I’ve never wanted to pattern myself after somebody, I make everything up as I go along. I have no idea what I’m gonna do when I go to the ring, especially live events where we aren’t constrained by time or commercials. It’s flattering to be compared, but I’m trying to be me.”
Perhaps the comparisons are simply the fans yearning for some of the unpredictability that used to be a staple during the beloved Attitude Era.
Ambrose himself however is quick to point out that when Steve Austin and The Rock were on top, there was a lot of immature, low-brow content that would never fly today.
“I don’t like my wrestling or entertainment in general to be too clean or predictable for me as a fan. When I say clean, I’m not talking about dirty jokes, middle fingers and stuff like that. I’m actually not even a big fan of that,” revealed Ambrose in another interview with TribLive.com. “A lot of people talk about the attitude era being so great but a lot of it was terrible crap, sex jokes and over-the-top terrible bad comedy. It was Jerry Springer-like. They made a joke about a woman’s breasts. Hilarious, but where’s the wrestling? I look back on a lot of stuff now, and I’m like where’s the wrestling? It’s just a lot of crappy jokes.”
Though that might be sacrilege to some wrestling fans, Ambrose laid out his personal philosophy as far as his own character goes, and he appears to be trying to break up the monotony:
“There’s a lot of guys in WWE, you would know who they are, you know you’re going to see the same thing every single match. You know you’re going to hear the same thing every time they pick up a microphone. You know John Cena is never going to get mad at you no matter what you do. You could steal his dog or set his house on fire and he’s not going to get all that mad at you. He’s going to come out and do the same thing he always does. I don’t like having an entrance or anything like that too set in stone. A lot of guys come out and have the exact little dance or exact little thing that goes off at the right time with the pyro. What if I’m not in the mood to do my little dance this week?”
Ambrose whose position seems to have been given a boost thanks to the unfortunate injury to Roman Reigns, gets to take on John Cena at Hell In A Cell. Depending on how the outcome is booked he could wind up main eventing the show against Seth Rollins.