Jon Moxley may not always look back fondly on the end of his WWE run, but the former Dean Ambrose had some good times as a member of The Shield.
Alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, Ambrose was called up from FCW with the trio debuting as The Shield in November 2012. The group made an immediate impact, taking out Ryback in the main event of Survivor Series.
Speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Ambrose discussed his time in FCW and the initial call-up to the main roster.
"I was real lucky to have a good starting off point, being in The Shield. I couldn't have asked for a better start. Back then, it was a lot harder to break in. When we were in developmental, we had a real chip on our shoulder because we were like, 'we're as good as anybody up there, but we're stuck down here.' It wasn't like NXT is now. You felt like you're on an island. They don't pay attention to you, if somebody from the office comes down, it's a big deal. You try to get ahold of people and pitch ideas. You're stuck on this island and most people don't get off. Even if you got a chance to be on TV, to breakthrough and be successful, there was a lesser chance. Same mentality (with The Shield). We got this tiny shred of opportunity and were like 'nobody is taking it away from us.' It was a real all-for-one mentality and real exciting. Nobody had any idea who we were and a few months later, we were the Backstreet Boys," he said.
The initial run for The Shield lasted until June 2014 when Rollins turns on the group.
Elsewhere on the podcast, Moxley discussed a low-point in his WWE career and how he feared fans would react to him in his AEW debut. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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