Dean Ambrose was the last member of The Shield to finally capture world championship gold and his run as champion has been a fun one so far.
The company booked him to cash in on his former Shield brethren Seth Rollins after he had only just defeated Roman Reigns for the strap. Then, the Lunatic Fringe defeated Rollins on Smackdown Live in a one-on-one rematch before successfully overcoming both men in a triple-threat encounter at Battleground.
The Cincinnati, Ohio-native is set to take on Dolph Ziggler for the WWE World Heavyweight title this Sunday at SummerSlam and many believe this is just a stepping stone for Ambrose on the road to facing bigger competitors like AJ Styles and John Cena.
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However, Ambrose, 30, might just have put his title reign in jeopardy if recent reports are to be believed.
NODQ.com reports: "There is reportedly heat on Dean Ambrose following his appearance on the Stone Cold podcast last week. The heat is apparently due to how he was negative towards WWE creative and it was seen as him being negative towards Vince McMahon and Triple H. It appears that people in WWE were not happy about what Ambrose said about Brock Lesnar not wanting to do anything at WrestleMania."
This might be the worse kind of conflict backstage as Vince McMahon and Triple H - the two men that pull all the strings - appear to have taken his public comments personally.
Ambrose was expected to be candid on the Austin podcast, but many felt the champion gave an awkward and strange interview that flirted with being in character.
How much heat the current face of Smackdown Live truly has is yet to be truly seen, but if he was to lose to an on-fire Ziggler this Sunday, it might become a lot clearer.
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