Because as of late (started around December 2013 to February 2014 and went on until April so far) it was some kind of boring subject that Dean Ambrose would never defend his title. So, I did some research on Dean Ambrose’s title defenses (basically on Online World of Wrestling and Internet Wrestling Database but also from personal viewing). On May 19, 2013 at Extreme Rules (St. Louis, Missouri) Dean Ambrose defeated WWE United States champion Kofi Kingston to win the title. And that was followed by these 58 title defenses (his 15 defenses that were actually shown on TV, I’ve marked in red):


  1. May 21, 2013 (aired on May 24, 2013)SmackDown (Omaha, Nebraska): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose vs Kofi Kingston finished with a draw; Dean Ambrose retained the title.– 2 days
  2. May 27, 2013Raw (Calgary, Alberta, Canada): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to retain the title.– 8
  3. June 16, 2013Payback (Chicago, Illinois): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kane by count-out to retain the title.– 28
  4. June 17, 2013RAW (Grand Rapids, Michigan): Kane defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 29
  5. June 21, 2013WWE Live Event (Mobile, Alabama): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated R-Truth in a street fight to retain.– 33
  6. June 22, 2013WWE Live Event (Tallahassee, Florida): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated R-Truth in a street fight to retain.– 34
  7. June 23, 2013WWE Live Event (Savannah, Georgia): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Zack Ryder in a street fight to retain.– 35
  8. June 28, 2013WWE Live Event (Bismarck, Noth Dakota): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Zack Ryder in a No Disqualification match to retain.– 40
  9. June 29, 2013WWE Live Event (Fargo, North Dakota): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Zack Ryder in a No Disqualification match to retain.– 41
  10. June 30, 2013WWE Live Event (Sioux Falls, South Dakota): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Zack Ryder in a 2 Out Of 3 Falls match to retain.– 42
  11. July 04, 2013WWE World Tour (Tokyo, Japan): Sheamus defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 46
  12. July 06, 2013WWE World Tour (Taipei, Taiwan): Sheamus defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 48
  13. July 11, 2013 (aired on August 08, 2013)NXT TV Taping #59 (Orlando, Florida): Adrian Neville defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 53
  14. July 26, 2013WWE World Tour (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia): United States Champion Dean Ambrose vs Daniel Bryan in a street fight finished with a draw; Dean Ambrose retained the title.– 68
  15. July 27, 2013WWE World Tour (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz in a street fight to retain.– 69
  16. July 28, 2013WWE World Tour (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz in a street fight to retain.– 70
  17. July 29, 2013WWE World Tour (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz in a street fight to retain.– 71
  18. July 30, 2013WWE World Tour (Perth, Western Australia, Australia): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Zack Ryder to retain.– 72
  19. August 18, 2013SummerSlam (Los Angeles, California): Rob Van Dam defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title in the preshow.– 91
  20. August 23, 2013WWE Live Event (Fresno, California): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rob Van Dam to retain.– 96
  21. August 24, 2013WWE Live Event (San Diego, California): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rob Van Dam to retain.– 97
  22. August 25, 2013WWE Live Event (Ontario, California): United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rob Van Dam to retain.– 98
  23. August 31, 2013WWE Live Event (Boston, Massachusetts): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the title.– 104
  24. September 01, 2013WWE Live Event (Washington, DC): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated R-Truth to retain the title.– 105
  25. September 6, 2013WWE Live Event (Montreal, Quebec, Canada): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the title.– 110
  26. September 7, 2013WWE Live Event (East Rutherford, New Jersey): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the title.– 111
  27. September 8, 2013WWE Live Event (Brooklyn, New York): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the title.– 112
  28. September 13, 2013WWE Live Event (East Lansing, Michigan): Daniel Bryan defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 117
  29. September 14, 2013WWE Live Event (Saginaw, Michigan): Daniel Bryan defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 118
  30. September 15, 2013WWE Night Of Champions (Detroit, Michigan): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the title.– 119
  31. September 21, 2013WWE Live Event (Hidalgo, Texas): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Fandango and Big E. Langston in a 3-way to retain the title.– 125
  32. September 22, 2013WWE Live Event (Hidalgo, Texas): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the title.– 126
  33. September 24, 2013 (aired on September 27, 2013)SmackDown (Milwaukee, Wisconsin): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose fought Dolph Ziggler to a double disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 128
  34. September 27, 2013WWE Live Event (Denver, Colorado): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Zack Ryder to retain the title.– 131
  35. September 28, 2013WWE Live Event (Dallas, Texas): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Zack Ryder to retain the title.– 132
  36. October 10, 2013WWE World Tour (Abu Dhabi): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Bo Dallas and Sami Zayn in a 3-way to retain the title.– 144
  37. October 12, 2013WWE World Tour (Abu Dhabi): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz and Kofi Kingston in a 3-way to retain the title.– 146
  38. October 15, 2013 (aired on October 16, 2013)Main Event (Kansas City, Missouri): WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the title.– 149
  39. October 27, 2013Hell in a Cell (Miami, Florida): Big E Langston defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by count-out. Ambrose retained the title.– 161
  40. October 28, 2013RAW (Orlando, Florida): Big E Langston defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retained the title.– 162
  41. November 8, 2013WWE World Tour (Brussels, Belgium): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Big E. Langston and Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match to retain the title.– 173
  42. November 9, 2013WWE World Tour (Birmingham, England): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Big E. Langston and Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match to retain the title.– 174
  43. November 14, 2013WWE World Tour (Rouen, Normandy, France): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston in a 3-way match to retain the title.– 179
  44. November 15, 2013WWE World Tour (Marseille, France): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston in a 3-way match to retain the title.– 180
  45. November 16, 2013WWE World Tour (Vienna, Austria): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston in a 3-way match to retain the title.– 181
  46. December 06, 2013WWE Live Event (Stockton, California): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the title.– 201
  47. December 07, 2013WWE Live Event (Sacramento, California): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow in a 3-way match to retain the title.– 202
  48. December 08, 2013WWE Live Event (Spokane, Washington): United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow in a 3-way match to retain the title.– 203
  49. January 25, 2014WWE Live Event (Canton, Ohio): WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated R-Truth to retain the title.– 251
  50. February 08, 2014WWE Live Event (San Diego, California): WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to retain the title.– 265
  51. February 09, 2014WWE Live Event (Bakersfield, California): WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to retain the title.– 266
  52. February 10, 2014RAW (Los Angeles, California): Mark Henry defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retains the title.– 267
  53. March 08, 2014WWE Live Event (Salt Lake City, Utah): Big Show defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retains the title.– 293
  54. March 09, 2014WWE Live Event (Jackson, Tennessee): Big Show defeated WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification. Ambrose retains the title.– 294
  55. March 11, 2014Main Event (Little Rock, Arkansas): WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Mark Henry to retain the title.– 296
  56. April 18, 2014WWE World Tour (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, and Kofi Kingston in a Fatal 4-Way match to retain the title.– 334
  57. April 29, 2014 (aired on May 02, 2014)SmackDown (Kansas City, Missouri): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose defeated Alberto Del Rio, Ryback, and Curtis Axel in a Fatal 4-Way match to retain the title.– 345
  58. May 05, 2014RAW (Albany, New York): WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose loses his title to Sheamus in a 20-man battle royal match (as the latest man eliminated). The other 18 opponents were: Heath Slater, Big Show, Santino, R-Truth, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Titus O’Neil, Sin Cara, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Ryback, Xavier Woods, Dolph Ziggler, Goldust, Zack Ryder, Curtis Axel, and Fandango.– 351

As you can see, until mid November he was quite busy with defending his belt. Although in Live Events it’s highly unlikely that there will be a title change these days, these matches are still title defenses. But also if you cancel out these Live Event defenses there are still eleven televised title matches in which Dean Ambrose had retained his belt. Certainly some nitpickers out there will state that Dean Ambrose most of the time had Rollins and Reigns around. So, a clear televised win he only got for FIVE times. But these are the rules: you are able to retain by disqualification or by count-out (when you flee the match for example like AJ Lee did at the RAW on 24 March 2014). And Ambrose didn’t defend his title during December and January because he was stuck in this little feud between CM Punk and The Shield. Hope this was slightly helpful and gave you an idea what real rubbish is talked by fans and commentators in WWE.


[This is an excerpt from here.]

[UPDATE; 11 May 2014] || Finally, on his 351st day of his first reign as United States Champion Dean Ambrose lost his title in this fateful 20-man battle royal as the last man standing against his successor Sheamus. First of all I didn’t like that Dean Ambrose didn’t have the chance to celebrate the full year of being the champion. But I do like the way he lost the belt. Because he could have been the first man eliminated or he could have been forced to defend it against just one rookie opponent or a mid or low carder like Xavier Woods or Santino Marella. So, it was a fitting end for his title reign. And we all know that Dean Ambrose doesn’t need a belt to stand out anyway.

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