With TLC on Sunday, Dean’s got everything to play for and on this final Smackdown pitstop before the big event, he takes an opportunity to rejuvenate his ‘talk show’ The Ambrose Asylum. His special guest? James Ellsworth of course! I mean who else would he have on there right now? James has been an integral part of Dean’s recent battles with AJ and weather or not he ever meant for his pint sized pal to become such a big part of the plan is up for question. But like it or not, here he is with three victories over AJ and a title shot of his own.. which leads to one of Dean’s main questions. Who does James want to win at TLC and go on to face for the title? James says it’d be an honor to wrestle Dean, but he has three wins over AJ already, so maybe…
Hm, we’re with Dean when we say we think the fame might have gotten to his head a bit! At any rate, AJ interrupts the discussion to tell James once again he doesn’t belong in the WWE and Dean that he’s going to get respect beaten in to him at TLC. Dean counters this saying most battles are fought and won or lost in the mind, and AJ’s been so easy to crack he’s already lost. We tend to agree, AJ has let Dean get under his skin and into his head so much so, he’s starting to make foolhardy decisions like his match against Ellsworth last week. Does Dean have him mentally out of the game already?
I guess we’ll see. But Deans insinuation is enough to tip AJ off of the deep end and he lashes out, attacking Dean and knocking him out of the ring, then smashing him with steels steps before turning on Ellsworth, who he beats with a chair and then delivers the Styles Clash on the steel steps. Ellsworth is whisked away in an ambulance and Dean vows to make it right, swearing revenge. A revenge he takes in the closing moments of Smackdown as he assaults AJ backstage, delivering a beat down that no doubt continued after the cameras stopped rolling. You never want to make it too personal with Dean Ambrose. Big mistake, AJ. Related Links:
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After the events of Survivor Series, we knew Dean might be in for a little retribution from the powers that be, but we didn’t think they’d try and kick him out of the building! Well, a cranky Shane McMahon at least. He tries his best to order Ambrose to take the night off and leave the arena, but like a boomerang Dean just keeps coming back. First to bring Shane Pizza, then dressed as The Mountie and finally.. he stops by as a Hockey team Player and crashes the Ellsworth Vs Styles match for Ellsworths Smackdown contract. Dean keeps James from a defeat, but is then knocked out of the ring by AJ’s Phenomenal Forearm. Ellsworth goes on to win the match on his own merit. Well who knew! Dean’s there to celebrate with his little pal.. in the building. Sorry Shane.
SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon met in the ring with Dean Ambrose and a very worse for wear James Ellsworth (after Braun Strowman threw him off the stage and through a table at Survivor Series) to seemingly award Ellsworth a SmackDown LIVE contract. However, things escalated quickly when, after Shane told Ambrose that because of recent actions he would be given the night off and had to leave the building, WWE World Champion AJ Styles arrived to make a mockery of the entire gathering.
“The Champ that Runs the Camp,” aghast at the idea of sharing the same locker room with Ellsworth, proposed that he and Ellsworth face off in a Ladder Match tonight with his SmackDown LIVE contract suspended above the ring. If Ellsworth wins, he would become a full-fledged member of Team Blue. If he loses, Styles claimed that he would rip up Ellsworth’s contract in front of his face.
Shane-O-Mac was totally opposed to the idea, but it was Ellsworth who bravely accepted and even upped the ante, saying that if he could beat Styles tonight he wants a future WWE World Championship opportunity.
With everything on the line, James Ellsworth took on WWE World Champion AJ Styles in a Ladder Match. If he could somehow win, he would be awarded a SmackDown LIVE contract and get a future WWE World Championship opportunity. However, if he lost, he would lose out on it all. The Phenomenal One was in control for virtually the entire contest. Unfortunately for Ellsworth, an altercation between Styles and Dean Ambrose earlier in the night left The Lunatic Fringe barred from ringside and unable to help him.
Yet, just as the fairytale looked to be coming to an end, Styles was met with an unbelievable surprise when Ambrose, disguised as a hockey player, appeared and neutralized Styles. This allowed Ellsworth to topple a discombobulated Styles off the ladder and hit him with a pinpoint superkick to climb the ladder to success (like, for real) and grab the contract, then celebrate his miracle of a victory along with Ambrose.
With TLC just two weeks away, tensions between Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles have been bubbling away on the backburner as they attempt to work together as a team for Survivor Series. They managed to do just that, working as a pretty good team to take out Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.. for a moment anyway. Before AJ’s ego got the best of him and he picked a fight with Dean. Dean’s never one to back down and an all out brawl broke out between them. Pulled apart by Shane McMahon, Dean was done and dusted but AJ decided to attack again, and this time it left Dean ripe for Braun Strowman to take out of the match completely. A humiliating first elimination for Dean.
But he didn’t let it go. As the match raged on, Dean eventually charged back down to the ring to assault AJ Styles. As officials tried to pull him away, Reigns and Rollins united to save Dean from security and as payback, Dean helped his former Shield brothers to eliminate AJ with a triple powerbomb through the announce desk. AJ’s angered the lunatic, TLC is going to be a massacre. Here’s what WWE.com had to say.
At Survivor Series, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton solidified a moment of brand supremacy for SmackDown LIVE, as The Viper sacrificed himself for The New Face of Fear in the 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Men’s Elimination Match.
The stakes could not have been higher. The fierce competitors of Raw and SmackDown LIVE would battle until all of the other team’s opponents had been pinned, disqualified, counted out or forced to submit. It was no wonder that the tension had reached a fever pitch as WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, United States Champion Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins represented Raw against WWE World Champion AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, with Team Blue’s official “mascot,” James Ellsworth, watching on.
The showdown began with both teams making frequent tags while attempting to find a weak link in the opposition’s collective armor. Eventually, Team Raw took charge and closed off Shane McMahon from his squad, then proceeded to unleash enormous abuse on the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner. Dean Ambrose soon managed to relieve him, but a cheap shot on The Lunatic Fringe ignited an all-out brawl both inside and outside the ring. Shockingly, the melee culminated in SmackDown LIVE teammates Styles and Ambrose to start fighting each other. When The Phenomenal One blasted The Lunatic Fringe from behind, he opened the door for Raw’s Strowman to eliminate Ambrose. At that point, Strowman began to single-handedly decimate Team SmackDown LIVE, which quickly led to an even more interesting staredown against his former leader, Bray Wyatt. The abominable Strowman then proceeded to take down Wyatt, his own teammate Jericho and anyone else who got in his way.
Orton eventually hit Strowman with an RKO outta nowhere onto the announce table, with a battle-weary Shane-O-Mac adding an earth-shattering Flying Elbow off the top of the ring post. Though Shane would have to be carried back into the ring to avoid being counted out, Strowman was prevented from doing likewise, thanks to Team Blue’s mascot. Hiding underneath the ring, Ellsworth somehow managed to hold onto the Raw brute’s leg long enough for the official to count him out. Incensed, the newly eliminated Strowman stalked Ellsworth up the ramp, then hurled him off the stage and through a table. Back in the ring, Shane once again endured a great deal of punishment at the hands of his Raw opponents, yet he refused to give in. Soon, Styles tagged himself back into the action and began to mix it up with Jericho. However, when Styles knocked Owens off the ring apron, The Prizefighter opted to blast him with Jericho’s infamous List — a move that earned him a disqualification. Worse, while a panicked Jericho attempted to pick up the pieces of his disheveled pages, Orton hit him with an RKO, sending the six-time World Champion following his best friend to the back.
The action continued to intensify as only Reigns and Rollins remained to battle Wyatt, Orton, Styles and McMahon. Yet, when Shane-O-Mac tried to go Coast-to-Coast, The Big Dog recovered and caught him with a midair Spear so devastating, the referee ruled that Shane was unable to continue. While officials helped the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner to the back, order completely broke down once more as Ambrose suddenly re-emerged from nowhere and unleashed an assault of pure retribution on “The Champ that Runs the Camp.” When security tried to regain order, Reigns and Rollins came to Ambrose’s aid, and the former Shield brothers temporarily reunited to deliver a Triple Powerbomb on Styles. Rollins then rolled the war-torn WWE World Champion into the ring and pinned him, and just like that, the match was down to two men on each side. Those numbers didn’t last long, though. As Rollins and Reigns turned their attention to Orton and Wyatt, Luke Harper suddenly emerged and gave The Wyatts a brief numbers advantage. Reigns and Rollins continued to battle tough, yet as The Architect climbed up top to finish a staggered Eater of Worlds, he instead ate a midair RKO from The Viper that left him unable to kick out of a cover by Wyatt.
Reigns was left to face both Orton and Wyatt all by himself, with Harper still lurking in the wings. Nevertheless, The Big Dog was able to overcome the odds, and in fact was primed to take down Wyatt with a Spear. However, at the last second, Orton pushed the Wyatt patriarch out of the way, taking the full force of the Spear himself – and in turn, allowing The Eater of Worlds to hit Reigns with Sister Abigail for the huge victory. Indeed, SmackDown LIVE picked up a crucial triumph on a night that was arguably Raw-dominant. However, considering that it was The New Face of Fear and The Viper who delivered the victory, will it be Team Blue that ultimately pays the price? Find out Tuesday night at 8/7 C on USA Network.
WWE Hall of Famer Edge returned to host his always memorable talk show “The Cutting Edge” on the 900th episode of SmackDown LIVE, and boy, did it not disappoint. The cornerstone of SmackDown LIVE was in rare form and the WWE Universe could not have been more excited to see The Rated-R Superstar.
This particular episode of “The Cutting Edge” had a little bit of everything — an attempted 5-second pose with Edge and Team SmackDown LIVE mascot James Ellsworth, Edge questioning his former partner Randy Orton, and Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles almost got into it … but then, GONG!
The arena went dark during “The Cutting Edge” and to the ring came the legendary Undertaker. He stared down all those on Team SmackDown LIVE, including (and especially) Shane McMahon, his WrestleMania 32 opponent. The Undertaker first pronounced that there was no better choice for a Commissioner of SmackDown LIVE than McMahon. He then claimed that he was back, “taking souls and digging holes.”
The Deadman then forewarned the entire team that SmackDown LIVE had always been his home and that if Team Blue failed at Survivor Series then the fear of failure would not be their chief concern, but, instead, they should then be fearing the wrath of The Phenom.
Will Team Raw rest in peace? Find out this Sunday at Survivor Series only on WWE Network!
Yes, you read that right. Dean’s back on RAW for one night only as Team Blue arrive to defend their GM’s on RAW’s turf. Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, AJ Styles and Randy Orton (along with James Ellsworth) arriving by surprise after Stephanie McMahon sets Team RAW on Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. It led to a verbal showdown between the two brands teams, that ended when Dean decided less talk and more action was the way to go – attacking Chris Jericho. The two sides brawled until eventually team Smackdown had to retreat, but they got their message across and rescued their bosses from a beatdown, so I’d call it a successful night.
Dean’s been around the world in two weeks (or close enough). Hitting up Riyadh in Saudi Arabia for two nights on the 3rd and 4th, before flying overnight to start the UK leg of the tour in Manchester on November 5th. Ouch! The crazy schedule didn’t stop there, he went on to battle AJ Styles in Main Event matches from Manchester to Aberdeen to Cardiff as well as taping Smackdown in Glasgow, before hopping over to Europe for a 3 day stint in Spain. I don’t know about you, but I’M tired just looking at the schedule. Huge kudos to Dean and the gang for keeping the energy going and entertaining every night. He even had time to stop by Manchester GAME and Cardiff Sports Direct to sign for fans. Below you can find WWE.com Digitals from (almost) every event, we’ll have a fan candids post to follow.
As part of the November European Tour Dean and the WWE Superstars have the opportunity to grant Wishes to kids across the pond, on this tour Dean was able to grant several and you can check out digital photos from a handful of the meets in the Gallery below. There’s also a short video from a Wish in Madrid.