Dean Ambrose: Once An Actor, Now A Professional Wrestler

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Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose is an American professional wrestler with AWE (All Elite Wrestling). He is also tied with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Before shaking hands with these organizations, Dean Ambrose won the WWE championship one time and the WWE Intercontinental Championship thrice. In short, he has quite a reputation. 

Dean Ambrose also holds the record for having won and held the United States Championship for 351 days. It’s the third longest duration for someone to hold the title for. During his time at World Wrestling Entertainment, Dean had regular appearances and even won the much-celebrated Money in the Bank ladder match in 2016. Let’s learn a bit more about this WWE star. 

Dean Ambrose’s professional career as a wrestler

Before Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley was Dean’s ring name. He began his career with the Heartland Wrestling Association in 2004. At the establishment, he got guidance from experts like  Cody Hawk and Les Thatcher. They trained him and soon Jon performed and won his first match. Wins after wins lead him to team up with Jimmy Tuner in Necessary Roughness. The team went on to win the HWA tag team championship in 2005. 

Staying at the association, Moxley defeated many pro wrestlers including Pepper Parks, an HWA superstar in 2006. However, he lost his title – HWA Heavyweight Championship within six months and had to fight for it again to win in 2007. 

After more than half a decade at HWA, Dean Ambrose or Moxley moved to Combat Zone Wrestling where he stayed between 2009 and 2011. He defeated Brian Damage in Dining DeathMatch. However, lost matches to Thumbtack Jack and Nick Gage. Upon barely surviving his  Combat Zone Wrestling days, Moxley found a good position at World Wrestling Entertainment. 

Dean Ambrose and the WWE

Dean Ambrose, also known as Jon Moxley, had a journey in the wrestling world spanning from 2006 to 2019. He started with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), joining their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), in 2011. Ambrose’s time in FCW saw him in intense rivalries, including with Seth Rollins. 

He later debuted on WWE’s main roster as part of The Shield alongside Roman Reigns and Rollins, making a big impact. They feuded with various superstars, aiding CM Punk and battling against “injustice.” Ambrose won the United States Championship and later the WWE Championship, having memorable feuds and matches. He also formed successful tag teams and competed in various title matches. Despite injuries and changes in alliances, Ambrose remained a formidable force in WWE until his departure in 2019. He currently is at All Elite Wrestling. 

Dean Ambrose Signature Moves

  • Suicide dive
  • Fujiwara armbar
  • Diving elbow drop to a standing opponent and/or to the outside of the ring)
  • Pendulum Lariat
  • Running Bulldog
  • Bow & Arrow
  • Standing Release Suplex
  • Piledriver
  • Superplex
  • Twisting snap elbow drop
  • Money Clip

Jon Moxley joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in 2019, making a splash by attacking stars like Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. He won matches, including an intense showdown with Joey Janela. Moxley’s feuds continued, notably with Omega, leading to brutal confrontations. He also competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), winning the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship before vacating it due to travel issues.