At the end of a video released prior to tonight’s WWE Network special The Shield’s Last Chapter, Michael Cole is leading up to asking Dean Ambrose about what he’ll do after leaving the company when his contract expires at the end of this month.
Ambrose doesn’t let him finish the question, nor does he shed a whole lot of light on the matter. His answer feels true to what we know of his on-screen character, and the performer himself. Part of it might be kayfabe, but none of it isn’t “real”.
Check it out (at around the 14 minute mark of this video, and transcribed below that) and decide for yourself:
“Let me stop you right there, because I already know what your final question is gonna be, okay? And I don’t appreciate people putting words in my mouth, and I don’t appreciate people trying to tell the story of my life to fit their narrative, okay?
Eight years ago, I walked into this casino. And now I’m cashing in my chips, and I’m walking away from the table. I won the game. And what I do with the rest of my life from here on out, is my business. I answer to no one. This time, the million dollar man didn’t get what he wanted. Cause I can’t be bought.
So if you’ll excuse us, it’s time for us to go do the thing that I want The Shield to be remembered for, and that’s kicking serious ass.”