Dean Ambrose Reveals The Shield Refused To Lose To John Cena
Although the trio did not oppose an eventual break up of their unit, Ambrose revealed that when the decision was made, they were not consulted on it...
Dean Ambrose has revealed The Shield once refused to be beaten by perennial WWE headliner John Cena – and were prepared to lay down the law with WWE bosses to get their way.
Appearing on the Talk is Jericho podcast, Ambrose said he and former partners Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins were not afraid to protest the proposed decision for a match against Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at last year’s Elimination Chamber.
Explaining The Shield’s consensual approach to challenging creative decisions, the 29-year-old detailed: “We’ve gone in, the three of us, and protested everything. If we don’t like something, we’re like terrors to them – it’d be like, ‘ah God, The Shield’s not going to like this!’
“Two seconds later we’re in the office – ‘er, yeah, we don’t like this’.
“Not that we’re jerks. They wanted us to… I think it was our second or third pay-per-view, it was right before our first Wrestlemania, a six-man on a pay-per-view and the finish was Cena over with the schmutz.
“We were like: ‘But as soon as we go down to John, we’re just like everybody else, because that’s what he does to everybody else. There’ll be a time where we do that all day and that’s fine… but it is not today. Otherwise, why are we even here?’”
The Shield’s position was clear and uncomplicated. They would not be crushed.
Dean continued: “So we went into that pay-per-view, like ‘we’re not doing it’. More or less. We didn’t have to because there were enough people on our side but it was one of those things where we were always on the same side – one for all, all for one - but if we didn’t like something it was: ‘Nope, not happening.’ Because there were three of us, and it is hard to gang up on all three of us. So we’d gang up on people to get our way.”
Although the trio did not oppose an eventual break up of their unit, Ambrose admitted that when the decision was made, they were not consulted on it.
“It was all decided and we didn’t get told until right before the show,” he said.
“They brought us in, and Vince [McMahon] was, like: ‘This is what we’re doing. This is why.’ And we knew there was no fighting it, you could tell it had been hidden from us until then and we were like, ‘alright’.
“And then it was explained to us a little more and I guess that makes sense, as essentially there was no-one left for us to work with at that point. We’d beat everybody.”