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Examining Two Possible Career Directions for Dean Ambrose in WWE

By Tom Clark
November 21, 2013

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The Shield recently celebrated their one year anniversary as WWE's number one heel faction. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns took the company by storm upon their debut and the impact they made has been felt every time they step through the ropes. For many fans, The Shield represents the next evolution of the WWE Superstar. They represent the future.

But a good number of those fans believe that it will be Ambrose who rises to the occasion. The only question is what kind of career will he ultimately have in the company?

It's a debate that has been raging from the moment that The Shield burst upon WWE's main roster and even before for that matter. All three men have their own unique personalities, as well as their own individual contributions to make as potential main event Superstars.

Seth is the arrogant powder keg of the group. He is controlled chaos in the ring; much like Daniel Bryan and his frenetic pace is matched only by his fearlessness against other Superstars. Rollins mouths off quite a bit in the ring, standing up to guys twice his size and that has completely defined his character in The Shield.

Basically, Seth is that loud mouthed kid on the playground who dared you to hit him while his two older brothers stood behind him.

But make no mistake about it; Rollins can get it done in the ring. He is very capable of putting on a good match and he is completely into his character. He has all the tools necessary to succeed on a high level.

Roman is the obvious powerhouse, a man who thrives on the intimidation of others. Reigns is young, he's in fantastic shape and physically he seems to be more of what WWE has always traditionally wanted in its top level stars. He has been called the Samoan Superman and I for one think that is a title that absolutely fits him.

The best thing about Roman is the fact that when the time comes for The Shield to go their separate ways, Reigns is the one who could turn face and have an immediate impact. Underneath all that intensity and rage lies a big smile and contagious energy; WWE would have a field day marketing him and selling his merchandise to the crowd.

And then of course there's Dean Ambrose. When comparing the potential of all three men as future main event stars, Dean is the one who seems to stand head and shoulders above the other two. In terms of his character, his work, the entirety of his presentation; everything seems to point to him being the breakout star of The Shield.

Ambrose just gets it. One look into his eyes and fans know that he's invested. He is flipped into the "on" position the very second the camera focuses on him and for the duration of his time on the air, fans are seeing the real deal.

Dean is a natural in the ring, even down to the way in which he sells during a match. He has the ability to make you believe in everything he does and even though he is a heel, fans respect him for what he does and how he does it.

It does appear as though Ambrose has the best chance of making it to the top in WWE. But if he gets there, there are two career types that he could have; Roddy Piper or Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Piper is regarded as one of the best all-around talents that WWE has ever known. His mic work, his ability to entertain fans and his work in the ring, all make him stand out from the crowd in an era when that was not very easy to do. Roddy's heyday came in the 1980's, when the WWF was full of colorful characters and resembled more of a carnival type of atmosphere.

For fans to watch a guy dressed in a kilt and not chalk it up to just one more over-the-top WWF character is really saying something. Piper stood out because he was very good and because he had a real passion for the business. By all rights, he should have had a WWF Championship run.

But as we all know, that was not meant to be. Because, while Piper was highly respected for what he contributed and for the way he entertained, the 80's were dominated by the company's number one draw; Hulk Hogan.

Would Dean be in the same boat with John Cena in today's WWE?

On the flip side of that coin is Stone Cold, who came along at the right time for WWE. Austin was also great on the mic; very good in the ring and one of the best all-around entertainers that WWE had ever known.

But unlike Piper's situation, the company was ready for a new top star, when Steve came in. They were ready for someone to come in and take the reigns and lead them forward. He was the right man at the right time and he exploded like very few every imagined he could.

Assuming that John's time at the top would perhaps be winding down in the next few years, could Ambrose be the right man to slide in and take the opportunity to shine?

Comparing someone to both Roddy Piper and Stone Cold Steve Austin is no small thing. But when it comes to the talent that Ambrose has and his potential to do great things in the industry, I believe it's right on the money. So, which situation will Dean find himself in if he is indeed the star that emerges from The Shield?

What does the future hold for Dean Ambrose? 

Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report and a Contributor for the Camel Clutch Blog

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