Heat On WWE Star Over Wellness, Dean Ambrose, Gorilla Position, Vince & Mr. McMahon

Is there still major heat on Evan Bourne relating to his two WWE Wellness Policy in close succession or has the length of his injury basically made it forgotten?

Did Evan Bourne's career-threatening foot injury save his career? No one will know for sure but Bourne had nuclear backstage heat following his second WWE Wellness Policy violation on January 17, 2012 for smoking synthetic marijuana. Everyone I spoke with felt like Bourne's WWE career was over and he wouldn't be brought back. Once his 60-day suspension was up he was involved in a car accident that mangled his foot and the focus shifted on his health over his "Wellness."

I've been waiting every week for the debut of Dean Ambrose. I read the creative team was working on a storyline for him. Any news on when we can be seeing him on Raw or Smackdown?

I have been writing for what feels like months the main roster debut of Dean Ambrose is imminent yet it still hasn't happened. At the rate things change in WWE, if this isn't proof enough, it's extremely difficult to give you an exact date. Dean Ambrose worked a dark match against Kofi Kingston prior to this week's Smackdown television tapings and is still preparing for his debut.

What does it mean when it's written Vince McMahon is standing in Gorilla?

Gorilla is the term used for the position just before the entrance curtain at WWE TVs and PPVs where Vince McMahon remains with a headset and runs the show. The name comes from the late Gorilla Monsoon who stood in the position late in his career.

How is Vince McMahon’s real-life persona in relation to the Mr. McMahon character played on WWE television?

Mr. McMahon, like most successful gimmicks, is Vince’s real-life persona “turned all the way up.” Vince is a very intimidating guy but perhaps the biggest difference between him and his on-air character is that Mr. McMahon comes off as very unapproachable. While Vince has the final say on everything in WWE, he’s willing to meet with talent (especially workers he feels have the potential to become top guys) when they have ideas or want to discuss their characters. Chris Jericho makes note of this in his latest “Undisputed” autobiography when he was trying to get his first break in WWE. For those that want a detailed prospective of how things function backstage, I recommend both of Chris Jericho’s books and Bret Hart’s book.

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  • Voice_of_Wrestling

    Dean Ambrose save the wwe please

    • Mannnnn

      Save it from what??

    • Bault16

      CM Punk saved the WWE long ago.

  • Gregory Rockefeller

    One thing that had always got me wondering was, what’s so damn special about Dean Ambrose? Okay I get it, he used to wrestle with ROH and usually the guys that come from that place are amazing wrestlers. I’m sorry and I don’t care how many dislikes I get for this but I just dont get why people are always talking about a guy who never even been on mainstream tv. I really believe some of the IWC ppl just go with the flow because it might be “the cool thing to do” to get behind a guy who has the support of some of the IWC people. I’m going against the wind and I say I see nothing special about Dean Ambrose until he shows that he is that!

    • Have you seen any of his work?

    • hbkelly

      A guy doesn’t have to be on tv to show people he is a great wrestler and talker. Look him up on this thing called the Internet. You might like what you see.

      • Gregory Rockefeller

        Heres the thing guys, I am not a member of the IWC community, I see myself more as a WWE guy where until someone has gotten over in front of a world wide audiance, they haven’t proved anything. You have to show what you got in front of a much larger audiance then and only then you have the right to call yourself a somebody. It’s just my opinion…hell, im not telling you anything you don’t already know!

        • I think its actually harder to get over in front of a smaller audience. Anyone who has ever been to an indie show knows that small crowds are ruthless. They will tear you apart if youre not performing on a level they expect. This means shouting and chanting insults through your ENTIRE match. And you’ll hear every word because of the small venue. I think if you can survive the indies, you can survive a bigger pg crowd.

        • Brandon Youth

          My man, I love the O’Haire references you’re pulling there.

    • Daniel Cochran

      He didn't ever wrestle for ROH, he's special because of the way he portrays his character and his awesome mic skills not as much for wrestling ability! You do know there's other places to wrestle that aren't on mainstream tv, there's this revolutionary concept called YOUTUBE to see his work and any other wrestler that's not on "mainstream tv"! I'm not saying he's automatically gonna be huge, I know that the majority of fans don't know him but every time there's somebody new hyped up there's people like you to rain on the parade because it's "the cool thing to do" as you would say!

    • DirtyLittleGrunge

      Dean Ambrose never wrestled in ROH.

    • Blaze

      Gregory you are part of the IWC.

  • Sovikos

    Man I miss Monsoon. So many nicknames and tag lines he created, it’s just astounding! Really one of the best commentators of all time.

    • John


  • Jitters84

    Richard, looking for a good read.. I’ve read all of micks, what is a good read, and a bad read ( I would email you for ask WNW but I am out of the country and can’t access it)

    • Richard Gray

      Bret Hart's autobiography is the best, both of Jericho's are good, Controversy Creates Cash by Eric Bischoff (the parts about his take on WCW) is interesting but I'm not sure how much I believe, "Stone Cold Truth" which is a WWE-released Steve Austin book. One book in particular I would stay away from, especially for those wanting to know more about Benoit, is "Ring of Hell" by Matthew Randazzo. Real bad.

      • Jitters84

        Thank you sir.

      • Bishop

        I would disagree on “Undisputed”. It took a major step back from “A Lions Tail” or was it Tale?

  • AnacondaVise

    Dean Ambrose is like Bigfoot you always hear about him but you never actually see him.

  • Adam

    Is it only called the gorilla position in America/WWE? Or is that universal?

  • Maz

    Who is Dean Ambrose?

    • Bishop

      He’s an urban legend

  • Kevin

    Stone Cold Steve Austin gives credit to his wife for coming up with the name "Stone Cold", but also says it was Vince's willingness to let Steve create a new character that led to what has now become a legend. As The Ringmaster, Steve Austin wasn't getting over well with the fans. Steve went to McMahon and told him he wanted to create something new to try since The Ringmaster was failing. Vince told him to come up with something and get back to him. Steve went back to his roots as a dock worker, becoming the "everyman" wrestler we all know and love. He was having breakfast with his wife, discussing a name, when she told him, "Eat your breakfast before it gets stone cold." And the rest is history.

  • BigMike

    They have brought everyone else up for at least a few months but Jon Moxley/Dean Ambrose is and has been one of the best wrestlers on the indy circuit since he was deemed a wrestling prodigy a few years back when he made his debut. I first saw him in Heartland Wrestling in OH and in OVW in Louisville and I am surprised how long it has taken for him to get to the big time

  • Chris Corkhill

    I’m sorry but everybody goes on about how good wrestlers are that have not been seen by the main public. Look at sin cara great wrestler in other company/ies and flopped in ring wise on the big screen

  • antonio cage

    dean ambrose is john moxley from the hwa in cincinatti ohio man this guy has yet to turn 30 years old yetand he is already a 5 time world champion.he is gonna be something special when wwe calls him.ps to wwe when ambrose does come to wwe please dont fuck this up .