“There are three things that will survive a nuclear explosion. Twinkies. Cockroaches. And Dean Ambroses.”
When the Shield disbanded, the man you could possibly fear getting lost in the chaos was Dean Ambrose. Seth Rollins had the (kayfabe) backing of the boss and Roman Reigns has had a rocket strapped to his back for the last few months with strong showings at the Survivor Series & Royal Rumble. Ambrose was the tricky one. Anyone familiar with his independent work know he’s a great talker who works well as a villain, but after Rollins’ unexpected betrayal could Dean Ambrose pull off the sympathetic babyface?
It seemed like a foregone conclusion earlier this year that when the Shield dissolved, Ambrose would get his evil on. But that didn’t happen. Instead of disbanding back around WrestleMania, the Shield naturally eased into the role of fan favorites and Dean adapted his persona just slightly to fit within the Shield’s new paradigm. After Rollins’ fracturing of the Shield I was worried if this Dean Ambrose, wacky bro of Reigns and Rollins, could survive. So far, my fears are unfounded. Judging by the pops the “Lunatic Fringe” has received the past two nights on Money in the Bank & Raw, the WWE Universe agrees.
In the wake of Rollins’ alliance with the Authority, Dean Ambrose has found it. Call it his inner Roddy Piper, but the psychotic but lovable anti-hero persona that Ambrose now embodies could make him into the Next Big Thing.
Now, this might be a lofty comparison, but Dean Ambrose is an “Austin 3:16″ moment away from being a huge deal. Much like the Stone Cold Steve Austin character of the Attitude Era– the guy who beats up his boss on television on a weekly basis, Ambrose has tapped into something that works well for WWE Superstars: his plight is relatable–revenge. People can relate to being screwed over by a friend, be it high school, college, or in the workplace. However, the sane among us stew and don’t take the law into our own hands. Dean Ambrose is embodiment the devil on your shoulder urging you to do those horrible things and think those horrible thoughts.