Since the WWE Draft last year, Dean Ambrose has been over on SmackDown putting in a hard day's work every week.
He’s been with the company since 2011 and made his first appearance in the main show as a part of The Shield in 2012, so he’s seen some changes in his time there.
The Lunatic Fringe has also been working his way to the top rungs of professional wrestling since 2004 and a lot of that has to do with his work ethic and willingness to put his body on the line every night.
Sometimes that means going out and doing matches that aren’t broadcast on television every week in “dark” matches.
In recent months, he’s been apart of some fun untelevised moments that garnered great reactions from fans in attendance, like learning the YES! Kicks from Daniel Bryan during one of those matches.
If that wasn’t interesting enough, Ambrose has also seen just about every ring and venue condition imaginable during his time on the independent circuit as a younger performer.
People would expect that the peril associated with props breaking, malfunctioning equipment and general hazards would be eliminated with the jump to the WWE, but there is still a chance that things can go wrong.
A recent dark main event saw The Lunatic Fringe retain his Intercontinental Championship over Baron Corbin in a match that went off routinely, until it was time for Ambrose to play to the crowd.
One of the ring ropes began to loosen and the champ quickly jumped off to avoid any big catastrophe. He then jokingly kicked the rope and mock prayed as he played it off in front of the audience.
Moments like that are when a “fake” sport like wrestling can lead to very real injuries for performers at any point in their careers.
Corbin did a stunt during last week’s SmackDown where he attempted to crush Ambrose under a forklift and there was some danger in even filming that stunt as well.
WWE producers held out the champion to sell the idea that he was really recovering at home after the brutal assault. Meanwhile, Corbin challenged his absent adversary to a match at WrestleMania 33.
If the two are going to meet at WrestleMania, then they are going to have to take great care to avoid any and all hazards on the way to Orlando. You never know when plans will have to be scuttled because of fault equipment.
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