Is the New Era officially in full swing? Why “YES!” it is. SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon and his General Manager, Daniel Bryan, kicked off the first post-WWE Draft episode of the blue brand by addressing the entire roster in the ring.
Shane-O-Mac and Bryan announced a Six-Pack Challenge WWE World Title No. 1 Contender’s Match between John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, AJ Styles and the winner of a Battle Royal. The victor of the Six-Pack Challenge would then be first in line for a chance at Dean Ambrose’s WWE World Championship at SummerSlam.
Oh, and one last plot twist? The Battle Royal would begin immediately.
The New Era has proven to be full of twists, turns, zags and, now … Ziggler.
Action was at a premium as six Superstars vied with valor in a one-fall to a finish Six-Pack Challenge, where the winner would take on Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship at SummerSlam. Prophesizing during the WWE Draft last week that a change of scenery to the blue brand is exactly what he needed to reignite his career, Ziggler’s passion burned bright on SmackDown Live as he outlasted John Cena, Baron Corbin, Bray Wyatt, Battle Royal Winner Apollo Crews and pinned AJ Styles to advance to the championship match at SummerSlam.
After the match, Ambrose made his way to the ring and he and Ziggler stared each other down, giving the WWE Universe just a slight taste of what is to come at SummerSlam. As Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon came out to congratulate both Ziggler and Ambrose, the exclamation point on the start of SmackDown Live’s New Era had been made and Ziggler’s statement could not be clearer — The Showoff is now not just here to show the world … he’s here to literally take it.
With the dawn of SmackDown Live’s New Era comes fresh beginnings and big opportunities, and nowhere is that truer than in the case of Dolph Ziggler, who is set to challenge WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam.
The Showoff qualified for the title match by winning a loaded No. 1 Contender’s Six-Pack Challenge on SmackDown Live July 26, overcoming an all-star field of John Cena, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews. Before notching the massive win, Ziggler said he had “lost his way,” but vowed to not let opportunity slip through his hands again. On Sunday, Aug. 21, he will have his chance to back up his words.
A two-time World Champion in WWE — not to mention, the record-holder for most wins in the history of Kent State’s acclaimed wrestling program — Ziggler has emerged as one of the most resilient athletes in recent history.
Against WWE World Champion Ambrose, however, The Showoff faces a distinctly unorthodox brawler. Perpetual motion personified, Ambrose never backs down from a good fight, and the SummerSlam title bout against Ziggler is no different.
Will The Lunatic Fringe continue to reign supreme on SmackDown Live? Or will Ziggler’s revitalized outlook on life in WWE’s New Era prove to be unbeatable?
Watch Dean Ambrose defend the WWE World Title against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, airing live on the award-winning WWE Network on Sunday, Aug. 21, at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.
This wont be your conventional results post, because before I get to results, as a webmiss I have something to say. 6 years ago I started dean-ambrose.net because I believed this guy had everything it took to be at the top of the game. He’d entertained me for years with his cutthroat acidic attitude and off the beaten path promos. As a wrestling fan I’d always sought out the quirkier characters. The Undertaker and Jake Roberts were and are my standard bearers for what I want to see out of a wrestler. Jon Moxley cut his own path with a crazy but incredibly technical style and those promos that just ripped your ears off and left your senses tingling. I thought a guy like him deserved the most exposure, the coverage, that people that might happen upon him should have a source of information to go to. Dean was signed to WWE and his journeys been a rocky, bumpy, pothole filled one with more frustrations than I can count. But we never wavered in our faith in him and he never let us down. At Battleground, tonight, he showed everybody what we knew all along. That he’s the heart and soul of the business and living proof that perseverance, hard work and pure passion pays off. It’s been a crazy few weeks, when he won the Championship the naysayers had plenty to say. Tonight he shut them up, we couldn’t be prouder. Dean retains the WWE Championship, defeating his former Shield Brothers and taking the title back to his new home of Smackdown. It’s been a hell of a ride, and it’s just going to get wilder! Congratulations Dean! Here’s what WWE.com had to say.
The main event of WWE Battleground was two years in the making, one the WWE Universe had been waiting to see ever since Seth Rollins stabbed his Shield brethren Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in the back.
In a high stakes battle that changed the face of WWE, Dean Ambrose retained the WWE Championship, pinning Reigns after connecting with Dirty Deeds and taking WWE’s top prize to SmackDown Live.
Dean attended a signing for Adventureland Store in New Jersey today, and thanks to them we were able to provide one lucky Ambrose Fan with an experience of a lifetime. Our special ‘Asylum Ticket’ Winner, Emily, was able to meet Dean before the signing and get pictures and autographs with him as well as the opportunity to chat a little. She’s sent us her wonderful photo and you can view it below. We hope to be able to work with Adventureland Store again at a future Ambrose signing! Adventureland released all photos from the signing to their public flickr account, and so we’ve added them in much smaller format to the Gallery. To pick up your full size photograph if you attended, you can follow a link below. If you have a photo in there you’d like removed or credited please contact us asap and we’ll do it immediately.
As you can see above, Dean is now a proud wearer of blue shirts and the undisputed Kingpin of Tuesday Nights on Smackdown live! he was the #1 Draft pick of Smackdown general Manager and COO Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, who would go on to say they wanted the person with the most heart to head their brand. Well Dean has that in abudance, and proves it in the Smackdown main event when he takes on Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship in another rematch, and this time defeats him decisively with Dirty Deeds in the center of the ring, despite Seths attempts to derail him from the outset with a pre bell attack. Now heading in to Battleground Dean has an unquestionable victory over one of his opponents and leads the blue brand with the Championship! All in all, a successful night in the Ambrose camp! Heres what WWE.com had to say.
Then, following a controversial WWE Title Match on Raw, The Lunatic Fringe and his one-time Shield cohort engaged in an absolute knockdown, drag-out free-for-all WWE Championship rematch on the premiere episode of SmackDown Live. In the height of the action, when Seth Rollins attempted to follow up a Superplex off the top rope, Ambrose broke loose and hit Dirty Deeds to score for the first SmackDown Live main event victory! As SmackDown went off the air, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan joined The Lunatic Fringe in the ring in celebration of this monumental occasion.