The Shield™’s Saturday Schedule
3:00PM – 3:45PM - Photo Ops – VIP’s 1st then General Admission
4:000M - 6:00PM - Autograph Signing – VIP’s 1st then General Admission
The Cincinnati scrapper began his path to WWE with a fearless career on the independent scene, notable for his ability both to absorb and to distribute punishment in equal measure. Through his years toiling away in obscurity, Ambrose competed in some of the most vicious environments imaginable, sacrificing his body and blood in the pursuit of inflicting as much damage on his opponent as humanly possible. Victory was incidental. What mattered to Ambrose was always the message.
The trend would continue upon Ambrose’s arrival in WWE’s developmental territory. The young Superstar had barely set foot in the big leagues when he laid down a challenge at the feet of William Regal, ultimately competing with the Englishman in a brutal one-on-one match that left Regal scarred and Ambrose with a dislocated shoulder.
When asked for his motivation behind such incidents, Ambrose’s response was chilling. “Just to see what would happen, I get bored,” he said. “When there’s a hornet’s nest buzzing, I’ve got to poke it. I like violence. I like danger. I live life to feel alive.”
Such was Ambrose’s unpredictability that he was not permitted to compete after NXT moved to Full Sail University. But true to form, he would not be held down from spreading his own personal brand of chaos to WWE. Along with NXT Champion Seth Rollins and the towering Roman Reigns, Ambrose made his most dangerous movement yet when the threesome attacked Ryback at Survivor Series 2012, driving the beast through a table and repeating the feat the next night on Raw. Ambrose led the charge, wildly hurling his body into Ryback and initiating the brutal beatdown perpetuated by his comrades.
The trio took up the name of “The Shield” — black-clad advocates of justice in a WWE they believed had lost its way — with Ambrose seemingly serving as the group’s sneering mouthpiece in their sit-down interview with Michael Cole. On the Nov. 26 edition of Raw, the group attacked both Ryback and WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No, leaving their formidable competitors strewn in a heap while The Shield stood tall, looming over their new domain. They continued their series of brutal in-ring ambushes throughout Raw the following week, until Ryback and Team Hell No finally deflected The Shield with an offensive counter of their own.
With injured WWE Champion CM Punk officially unable to compete at WWE TLC, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon announced The Shield would have an opportunity to prove their collective mettle against Ryback & Team Hell No in a Six-Man Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match. To the surprise of few, the contest was a straight up street fight with gnarled chairs and jagged table shards littering the ring, but it was The Shield that stood supreme over their more experienced opponents. In the villainous faction’s second official match at Elimination Chamber, they achieved a shocking victory against the powerful trio of John Cena, Sheamus & Ryback, and replicated the victory the next night on Raw against Sheamus, Ryback & Chris Jericho. The Celtic Warrior continued clashing with the trio, and eventually Randy Orton joined the fray before The Shield made the bold decision to strike their most titanic target yet: Big Show. The invaders dropped the giant on the March 4 and 11 editions of Raw (the second ambush coming during Show’s singles bout against Rollins), and perpetrated another attack on Orton and Sheamus on March 11 as well. Although the trio challenged Orton & Sheamus to a Six-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania 29, Orton & Sheamus’ partner, Ryback, was later removed from the bout on March 18. The monster’s departure left The Celtic Warrior and The Viper down a man heading into the much-anticipated contest ... a void that was later filled by Big Show.
However, Ambrose and his running buddies’ frenetic teamwork was too much for their opponents to overcome at The Show of Shows. The Shield’s “divide and conquer” ethos paid off, as Ambrose pinned Randy Orton to give the trio a win in their WrestleMania debut. The next night, the trio made their boldest play yet when they attempted to ambush The Undertaker, but the sudden appearance of Team Hell No drove them back into the crowd to regroup ... until two weeks later, when the trio defeated The Phenom, Kane and Bryan in a Six-Man Tag Team Match on Raw. Ambrose was less fortunate when he submitted to Hell’s Gate later that week in a singles bout with The Undertaker, but The Shield swarmed The Phenom and left him prone with the Triple Powerbomb all the same.
In the weeks that followed, Ambrose made it a point to antagonize the United States Champion, Kofi Kingston, culminating with Ambrose winning his first title in WWE at Extreme Rules by defeating The Dreadlocked Dynamo. Although Ambrose’s first defense of the championship degenerated into Six-Man Tag Team action, he successfully defeated Kingston on the May 27 edition of Raw to retain his title.
Make no mistake: Nothing has changed with Dean Ambrose. He has poked the hornet’s nest and sent a message. And with him, the revelations that are forthcoming will be worth waiting for.
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