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Dean Ambrose: Is WWE’s Latest Debutant Over Hyped?

For months now, wrestling fans have anxiously awaited the debut of WWE Developmental star Dean Ambrose. Many have heralded him as the next legendary wrestler, claiming that he will take WWE to a level not seen since the late 1990’s.

While this wait wasn’t always an easy one, fans were forced to do just that. In fact, many fans began to joke that Ambrose may not even exist!

Finally, the WWE Universe’s long wait was over, as Dean Ambrose finally appeared on WWE Television alongside fellow NXT Alumni Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, savagely thrusting Ryback through the announce table.

The trio has seemingly aligned themselves with the WWE Champion CM Punk and his acquaintance, Paul Heyman. While all 3 young studs have plenty of potential to be great, most fans are packed onto the Ambrose bandwagon.

But is he worth all the hype? Will he be able to deliver under pressure? Can Dean Ambrose become the next face of WWE?

When Ryback was violently put through the announce table, I was in the minority of people who were more pleased to see Seth Rollins then Dean Ambrose. This isn’t because I dislike Ambrose, but more because I’m hesitant to become a super fan of someone with such a ridiculous amount of hype behind him.

While hype is, for the most part, a wonderful thing, it can occasionally hurt the thing it surrounds. This can be seen as recently as WrestleMania 28, where The Rock and John Cena squared off in a match being billed as “Once In a Lifetime.”

Obviously claiming something is “Once In a Lifetime” will attract viewers, but the match suffered due to the unrealistic expectations WWE set for it.

Dean Ambrose may be going down the same road.

There’s no questioning Ambrose’s ability, both in the ring and on the mic. Just watch some of his old FCW matches and promo’s, the man is already better than most WWE Stars.

So no, it isn’t the talent that worries me. It’s the fact that people are already saying he should be a main event star.

This man has never stepped foot in a WWE ring, how can someone say that he deserves a title or that he should be the face of the company?

This is WWE, the odds of them letting Ambrose squeeze through their fingers is relatively high. While I doubt that will happen, fans should hold themselves back just a little before claiming that Dean Ambrose is the future of pro wrestling.

In one years’ time, he easily could be main eventing, Monday Night Raw, but he could also be injured or jobbing. Ambrose is young, talented, and has more potential than 90% of the roster, but isn’t saying someone is the future of anything before the actually do something a bit outlandish?

We’ve seen it in sports like Basketball, Football, and Baseball hundreds of times. Some people utilize the hype surrounding them to improve at their craft, while others shrink in it. Even in WWE, many wrestlers simply never live up to their potential. Until Dean Ambrose actually is given a chance to find a home on WWE Programming, it will be impossible to tell what his future in the company holds.

All I ask for is that fans give this man time to grow in WWE. He is still freakishly young to be anywhere near the main event scene, but he will likely be thrust into it. WWE has always had the tendency to push young guys into the main event scene before they are ready, often leading to failed title reigns, storylines, and characters.

This has happened to guys like Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Randy Orton, and The Miz, so it could also happen to Dean Ambrose.

Seeing as WWE is clearly looking to put Ambrose, Rollins, and Reign in a stable with the WWE Champion, it will certainly be interesting to see what the future holds for one of the brightest young stars in pro wrestling history.

In 3 years, we may finally know the answer to the question; is Dean Ambrose overhyped?

Well, is he? Let me know your thoughts on Dean Ambrose in the comments section below or via twitter @Innertube_Sean. Have a blessed day

About Sean Michael

2012 Underdog of the Year. 2013 Most Improved Writer of the Year. Host of the Midcard Mafia Podcast. Hello my friend.
  • phenom951

    It’s been two fucking days since he debuted. -__- This article is the equivalent of the way John Cena reacted when CM Punk debuted. B/c the IWC hyped him up as the next big star ppl are more likely to dismiss the debuting superstar b/c they didn’t become an overnight sensation. Let’s be clear this isn’t the same as Sin Cara getting signed. Sin Cara was hyped up for weeks including footage of the signing in Mexico by the WWE, they actually invested alot of hype time and money for a guy like him, Ambrose didn’t get the same luxury. He debuted as a part of a faction he only gets one third of the attention. He isn’t debuting with WWE already endorsing him as the next big thing so in basically he can only go up from here.

  • Kevin Berge

    Here’s the problem with this whole idea: what hype? Poll the supposed WWE Universe, and how many people know who Dean Ambrose is? When WWE started NXT, Ambrose was the only wrestler to not be placed on the show from the FCW roster which means he is the only one who no one has seen from developmental if they couldn’t find FCW to watch before.

    In contrast, you brought up the “Once in a Lifetime” match in which WWE itself massively hyped the match. There wasn’t a person out there who knew anything about wrestling that didn’t know about this match. That was hyped by the machine.

    The hype you are talking about is the same support that Daniel Bryan had coming in, probably less so. He’s supported by the IWC because of his talent, and individual voices will say that he should become huge. That has no effect on how Ambrose is used in the WWE though. Was CM Punk pushed to the top because of his ROH fans? No, he had to earn his way to the top as a top performer as everyone does. Daniel Bryan as well was going nowhere until he found his niche.

    The “hype” you are talking about is a completely different animal. It is expectation. Ambrose will succeed or fail based upon on how he performs now that he has been given a ball to work with. The WWE isn’t “hyping” him, so that won’t bring him down. The expectations are completely inward from fans.

    Can Ambrose fail in the eyes of fans? Yes but that is completely due to the views of those individual fans. In my eyes, Rock/Cena was great. One of the best matches this year. But that has to do with my personal feelings on what it means for it be a success. However, again that match had to do with WWE hype which has wider spread implications on how it affects fans. It creates expectations rather than, in Ambrose’s case, allowing fans to make their own expectations.

    If anyone tells you that Ambrose should be in the main event right now, that will never affect Ambrose. If someone says he is the future of the WWE, that doesn’t mean that Ambrose has to replace Cena to be successful.

    On Dean Ambrose’s actual hype right now, he came out of FCW looking better than anyone else has. His feud with William Regal is possibly the greatest feud to ever happen in the developmental territory. Ambrose’s match with Seth Rollins in a 30 man Iron Man match is the best match to ever happen in FCW history, no question. William Regal and CM Punk have had ringing endorsements of the man for a while with many other stars saying positive things though, in the end, how many people know about all of this? When Ambrose attacked Ryback with Reigns and Rollins, the most known and hyped of the three by WWE was Rollins.

    An FCW Heavyweight Champion and the only NXT Heavyweight Champion, Rollins has been pushed to the moon by developmental. Regardless of his inability to deliver big time promos, he has been given the mic consistently and been the featured attraction on NXT and FCW for the past year or two. If anyone has hype to live to from WWE, his name is Seth Rollins.

    • SiD

      Thank you for calling Rock/Cena one of the best matches this year. I have been saying that for so long!

  • Joe Burgett

    Is he overhyped? No. Is he not going to do well with what he is given? Come on dude. Is he going to become a major star in just a few months on WWE TV? Well duh. Are fans asking too much? Sure. But he can deliver. Are we going crazy? Best believe it

  • SiD

    I enjoyed the Once in a Lifetime match A LOT. One of my fav matches till date. And yeah, he’s overhyped, but as long as he gives good performances, I don’t mind.

  • Jason “Dragon Saga” Patrick

    I remember watching my first ever DGUSA show about two years ago and watching a promo from a guy called Jon Moxley, he spoke like a mix between Cactus Jack and CM Punk’s original ROH character, about heartache, pain, suffering etc, etc.

    When it came to in-ring action he was great, I watched him put on awesome hardcore matches, great technical matches, submissive, fast paced, slow paced, everything and anything. When he signed with WWE it was a thing of “should have happened sooner.”

    And then, as WWE fans, more specificially those on the Internet do, they clasp onto anything they see as “cool” and use it as a means of support. Most fans who back Dean Ambrose know little to nothing about him, they’ve watched minutes of his FCW work and think he’s some sort of savior. It’s ridiculous because these “fans” of his who came from a proverbial woodshed back him as though they know who he is, when they don’t.

    Whats happened now is this indescribable expectation for him to blow everyone out of the water. Well as the indy fan here allow me give some WWE fanboys (I hate using that word but it has merit here) a lesson. CM Punk signed for WWE off the indies as a main eventer, Danielson signed for WWE off the indies as a main eventer; Jon Moxley was not an independent main eventer.

    For every “fan” of his who’ve built him up over the months, if he fails and I say if because I’m not going to say he won’t succeed, very talented guy and all, but if he does fail It’ll be because expectations are so high and he won’t be able to match them. And then the fans will be at fault. Don’t back a cause without having a clue. Don’t give a “definitive” answer without being sure.

    Don’t back a wrestler as a savior when you know little to nothing about him. Dean Ambrose’s talents are overhyped, but when idiots are the ones overhyping it at least he’ll have room to fail.

    • Dr. Seany Linhares

      I see Rollins having a much better chance to succeed just because there isn’t such a ridiculous amount of hype surrounding him.

      • Jason “Dragon Saga” Patrick

        Agreed and I’m not even all that high on Rollins. Loved him as Tyler Black, but he doesn’t seem to have adapted to WWE the best. Somebody is high on him though considering he’s NXT Champion.