In order to get to the top in WWE, you must have a strong relationship with the boss, Vince McMahon. You can look at every single top guy throughout the history of WWE – Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Hulk Hogan – they all at one point had a good relationship with the WWE chairman, and according to the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose, he and McMahon have a fantastic relationship at the moment.
Ambrose appeared on the WWE Network’s Stone Cold Podcast on Monday night following Raw, and he was asked about his relationship with the boss. “The Lunatic Fringe” said that he not only has a great relationship with Vince, but he’s also Vince’s favorite wrestler.
“My relationship [with Vince McMahon] is great. Me and Vince are boys. I’m his favorite wrestler. I mean [I know him] pretty well. Vince is a unique individual, and a lot of people get intimidated by Vince, or get the wrong idea of Vince, but I find him very easy to talk to. People forget about Vince, yeah he’s a CEO and he’s a billionaire, but at heart, Vince is a street fighter. He’s one of the boys. I’m Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler; quote me.”
Most have assumed that someone like Roman Reigns is Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Ambrose went on to describe why he believes that he’s Vince’s favorite wrestler, saying that him and the WWE chairman have a lot in common because they both grew up as street fighters, and Ambrose’s character is a bit of a street fighter, so Vince is really able to relate to him because of that.
From the looks of it, Dean Ambrose could end up being the next face of WWE. Of course, he may end up dropping the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, but the common belief is that Ziggler will lose that match, and as a result, he’ll turn heel.
Of the three members of The Shield, Dean Ambrose has been pushed the least up to this point, so it was quite a surprise when he pinned Roman Reigns in the WWE Battleground main-event last month. Now it looks like the WWE brass is finally getting behind Ambrose, which means that he may, in fact, be Vince McMahon’s favorite WWE superstar.
As for what’s next for Ambrose after SummerSlam, well, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has said that WWE is likely going to move towards an AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose WWE World Heavyweight Title feud. Prior to the WWE draft, WWE had planned on introducing the WWE Universal Championship on the SmackDown brand, and they were going to have Styles become the very first person to hold that title. They were also going to have Roman Reigns win the triple threat match at Battleground, but then Reigns failed a wellness test, and WWE decided to have Ambrose retain the Championship and take it to SmackDown.
WWE is running their first brand-exclusive pay-per-view since the draft on September 11. It’ll be a SmackDown show, so that’ll probably be the site of the Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, should WWE decide to go in that direction. Also, if that is, in fact, the direction, that’ll mean that Styles is going to defeat John Cena at next Sunday’s SummerSlam show. You can check out the lineup for the show below:
- Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens
- The Miz vs. Apollo Crews (Intercontinental Championship)
- Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (Women’s Championship)
- The New Day vs. The Club (Tag-Team Championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. Rusev (United States Championship)
- John Cena vs. AJ Styles
- Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
- Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor (WWE Universal Championship)
- Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
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