Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Aug 2011
I'm expecting to cop a bit of heat for this but that's cool, it's just a little discussion I wanted to get going between some of you guys. Here goes...
Dean Ambrose has undeniable potential and he will be the heel to beat in the next couple of years. His quality in the ring and on the microphone is definitely there, and he's incorporated his 'unhinged' character into The Shield's gimmick very well. However, am I the only one that hasn't been overly impressed with him so far?
He's adapted very well no doubt and I'm actually a huge fan of him, or all of The Shield in fact, but I feel as though he hasn't progressed as quick as a.) some people think he has and b.) some people expected him to. In fact, Seth Rollins has surpassed my expectations for his first 6 months on the main roster, whereas Dean has just kind of matched them and so has Reigns (who is actually improving very, very quick).
His mic work has been good and his in-ring performances have been good, but Seth has really been the stand-out member for me. It's clear WWE rates Ambrose highly as he was the one that got the singles title in The Shield, but he's not hitting the heights I'd expected him to as soon as I'd have thought he would. That's not to say I'm unimpressed, but I think Seth has out-performed him through his vast improvements. Seth has become considerably better on the microphone and his wrestling style is something we don't get a whole lot of on the main roster these days, and it expands with every singles match he has it seems. Meanwhile, Dean Ambrose has been given these fantastic opportunities to wrestle Taker, Kane, Bryan etc. in singles matches and he's definitely gained valuable experience from them, but he's not been as impressive on his own as I'd hoped he would be.
Maybe it's me having wrong expectations of him based on some of his FCW work, or maybe I've warmed to Rollins somewhat more than the other two guys. All three of them have big futures - and Ambrose undoubtedly has the biggest in my mind - but I just feel as though he sometimes goes through the motions, I guess.
Anyways, what are you guys' opinions? Hopefully it makes for some interesting discussion on who's been the best performer in The Shield and not just 'Ambrose is the best hurrdurrr'.