Professional wrestlers dealing with autographic and selfie hungry fans are nothing new. But some fans take it to a whole different level.
Appearing on the Major Wrestling Figure Podcast with Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, Dean Ambrose shared a story of how he thought he was safe from fans hounding him at an airport until he found out that some fans go to great lengths to get an autograph.
"When I was first dating my now-wife, she lived in New York and we’d spend some time at her house, some time at my house depending on where in the country we were. So one time, I change my flight to go to New York. I didn’t change it, I bought a new Priceline flight," recalled Ambrose. "Completely unrelated to the company travel. And when I landed in Newark, as soon as I got to the gate, there were like ten people there with all this Dean Ambrose stuff for me to sign. And for a second, I just woke up from the plane and I’m like, do I have a show today? What’s going on? I thought I was going home?"
Ambrose continued, "I sign all their stuff and then I’m sitting in baggage claim, and I’m like, how do they know I was gonna be here? It was an autonomous decision by myself to buy my own new flight. How did they know? Because you hear there’s leaks in the travel department, but I just did this on my own, so they have leaks in the airlines. And then this dude came up to me in baggage claim with some stuff, and he’s like, ‘Hey dude, I’m not trying to bother you dude, I’ll give you $50 to sign these few things.' I went, ‘Keep your money, I’ll sign these things for you but tell me how you knew I was here.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, we got like a whole system. We got a whole system and we got people everywhere.’ It's amazing."
Ambrose went on to say that he doesn't mind signing autographs for fans but "some fans ruin it for everyone." Hawkins joked that wrestler autographs aren't worth a whole lot "unless they die."
During the same podcast, Ambrose discussed his love of wrestling and not being in it for the money. You can view Ambrose's comments here. In other Dean Ambrose news, WWE is advertising an intergender bout between Ambrose and Nia Jax for the Feb. 22 live event.