Sunday night in Las Vegas was certainly a busy one for Dean Ambrose.
Following up a stunning Money in the Bank ladder match victory by cashing in the briefcase to defeat the recently crowned World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, it will be a night that lives long in the memory for The Lunatic Fringe.
Speaking backstage in the aftermath of his cash-in win, Ambrose gave his first interview as the World Heavyweight Champion. In it, he had a message for both his fans and for those who have dismissed him throughout his career.
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In the run-up to last night's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, there had been a growing feeling that Ambrose would be the one to come out on top in the ladder match.
The idea of the former Shield member cashing in on the same night and becoming the WWE's new champion, however, was far from most people's minds.
It was a great moment, though, and it was clearly an emotional one for Ambrose too who, after working his way through the indie ranks and biding his time on the WWE's main roster, has finally reached the summit of the business.
The fact he has done it by stealing the thunder of his former Shield allies - both of whom he has had to watch being given a push by the WWE hierarchy as he waited in the wings - will have only added to the satisfaction:
"It's not just me, it is all the people who supported me along the way," Ambrose said in a WWE.come exclusive. "This is theirs. This belongs to them. They know who they are, and I say thank you to them.
"Everyone else...Everybody who wanted to write me off, well they can just kiss the champ's ass."
Now at the pinnacle of the business, The Lunatic Fringe will likely have to deal with more people looking to kick his ass than kiss it, but Sunday's dramatic turn of events do set up an intriguing main event picture.
With all three of the now disbanded Shield stable having had their hands on the World Heavyweight title in the space of a few hours, a feud between Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose is poised to run throughout the WWE's summer program.
Ambrose will be hoping this is just the start of something special for him, but, as he alludes to in the above interview, he will be well aware that adversity is never too far away.
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