Ever since “Stone Cold” Steve Austin's retirement from the ring, I've heard this countless times in
conversation about wrestling, “God, I really wish Stone Cold would come back.” or “Man, no one does it like Stone Cold did.”
But that last statement is not entirely true at all. Now it's true that we will never have another beer swilling, boss beating, wrestler like “Stone Cold”, but we have a very close character in “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose. Like “Stone Cold”, he doesn't do well with authority and he really doesn't like to be told what to do or what he can and can't do.
Ambrose, is literally the PG Era's “Stone Cold”, and it's not entirely a bad thing. He has the grungy, no nonsense attitude and he's willing to stir things up to get the reactions that he's looking for. He's often times been called insane, sound familiar? But let's not get ahead of ourselves here,
let's take a look at a brief history of Dean Ambrose while comparing traits that the two superstars share.
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Ambrose wasn't always “The Lunatic Fringe” or even member of “The Shield” Dean Ambrose, he started out his wrestling career under a different name, Jon Moxley. Any of this sounding familiar?
Well it should, because Steve Austin competed under other names, like The Ringmaster and “Stunning” Steve Austin, before he found his place in wrestling history as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. While each superstar had both used previous names, neither one had garnered a lot of success under them and thus set out to once again reinvent themselves.
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Dean Ambrose made his debut onto WWE programming as one of three members of “The
Shield”. The trio made a major impact on the company, coming in and decimating all who stood in their way.
Ambrose was the very vocal mouth piece of the group, often going on tangents about how things were being handled and about the authority. He slowly began to build himself as an individual and eventually the trio were betrayed by one of their own and Ambrose was left to his own devices. This is all very eerily similar to a story arc from almost 20 years past, don't
Ambrose has made a huge impact with fans, as a “Don't give a s***, beat em up, drag em
out, do things my own way, by my own rules” kind of guy. Which, in my own opinion, is something that the company needs now more than ever.
Ambrose has had knock down, drag em out brawls with just about every superstar that the company has to offer, he's even beat down “Bad News” Barrett and stole the Intercontinental Championship, once again, sound familiar? He's even gone as far as to make the authority a laughing stock and has even targeted Seth Rollins, former Shield team mate and turn coat, in attacks and humiliation tactics.
Whenever I see Ambrose on WWE programming, I immediately have flash backs to The Monday Night Wars and WWE's Attitude Era, of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin doing very similar things to Vince McMahon and his Corporation stable, the parallels between the two eras are so staggering and uncanny that it's comical.
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To further drive the point, Ambrose has admitted to being compared to the likes of
Steve Austin and even Brian Pillman. To which he was quoted;
“I don't pattern myself off of anyone in particular, I'm just a weird mishmash of styles and I don't know what is going to happen when I go out there. So what you see is what you get and you might get something different on a different night, every night. I'm just trying to make my own spot.”
So, Ambrose may not see himself as the new “Stone Cold”, but it's definitely what the fans are seeing and wanting from him.
I, for one, enjoy each and every second of Dean Ambrose's screen time; he isn't kidding when he says that you have no idea what is going to happen when he comes out to the ring, but the one thing that is for sure about Ambrose.... nothing is for sure.