Compared to the likes of John Cena and Triple H, Dean Ambrose is fairly new to the WWE. Regardless of this, he's never been one to play by the rules.
Only last week we controversially saw him fill Seth Rollins' Money in the Bank case with slime and return it to Rollins who was subsequently covered green mess whilst Ambrose stood in the crowd laughing.
Now it's Ambrose's talking thats making the headlines. In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune he had some controversial things to say about being compared to legends, predictable wrestlers and his dislike of the Attitude era.
Comparisons to former superstars
On being compared to stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ambrose says its natural for new stars to be compared to old stars. He's not wrong, you see it in every sport. 'Is Andrew Luck going to be the new Peyton Manning?' or 'This kid reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo.' It's natural, and Ambrose accepts that:
“You’re always going to get comparisons. Everybody comes out and says he’s the next so and so or he reminds me of so and so......I have so many influences and stuff in my brain, who knows what’s going to pop in and come out. I don’t really try to pattern myself after any particular person. I pretty much make it up as I go along."
Dig at John Cena
When talking about Wrestlers doing the same predictable things every time they step into the ring he took a sly dig at John Cena:
"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. Me, I'm not like that. I get pretty upset pretty quickly.
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?"
One of the most talked about eras in the WWE was the attitude era. It changed the way wrestling was perceived in the late 90's. The WWF (as it was at the time) went from being a family show to a rated R show. There's no doubting it was entertaining as it focused more on the sex, drugs and rock and roll side of show business but a lot of people weren't fans, Dean Ambrose being one of them:
"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."