Since winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title last month at Money in the Bank, Dean Ambrose has continued to wow his fans and silence many of his critics.
However, some reports are now suggesting that he may have gained a few new criticisms from behind the scenes at WWE. Dave Meltzer and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter are claiming that Ambrose has attracted some serious ‘heat’ from his colleagues, stemming from his appearance on the Stone Cold Podcast earlier this month.
The ‘Lunatic Fringe’ appeared on the WWE Network show on August 8th, and was fairly outspoken when it came to answering Steve Austin’s questions. Notable controversies include Ambrose’s clear irritation towards the current WWE Creative process, as well as calling Brock Lesnar difficult to work with.
Ambrose pulled no punches when discussing his WrestleMania 32 match against Lesnar, claiming that the ‘Beast Incarnate’ shut down any ideas for improving the No-Disqualification bout, meeting any of Ambrose’s suggestions with ‘laziness’.
The reports that the champ’s comments have earned himself the ire of WWE staff are fairly easy to believe. After all, Vince McMahon has total control over the how the creative process is operated, so it’s hard to imagine he was particular pleased to have one of his stars cast shade on it on such a public forum. Especially when that star is holding the most prestigious title in the company at the time.
As for the Lesnar comments, they too were likely to upset Ambrose’s superiors. Brock Lesnar is, and has been for some time, the biggest commodity in professional wrestling, regardless of how he operates outside of the ring. Any comments that would detract from the aura of his wrestling persona are bound to upset the company, as he is their biggest box-office draw.
We can only speculate how widespread Ambrose’s supposed heat is, and it remains to be seen if his loose lips will have a negative affect on his title reign. Either way, it would seem as though the ‘Lunatic Fringe’ has a little grovelling to do.
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