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.
Last week Dean threw down the gauntlet to the ever mouthy Seth Rollins and this week he heads in to battle with his arch nemesis for the WWE Championship. The whole landscape of the WWE is due to change with the upcoming draft, and Dean’s hell bent on being Champion heading in to it. While Rollins cuts a lengthy promo roaming around an empty arena and asserting once again his ‘right’ to the WWE Championship (psh, wrestling owes you nothing, Seth) .. Dean takes it back to the beginning. Addressing the WWE Universe from a dingy basement via handheld camera in a throwback to the Shield. He said then that they’d arrived to take over the business, and here they are, fighting over the WWE Championship years later. No matter the outcome, they’ve lived up to their promises.
The main event rolls around and it’s everything we’ve come to expect from an Ambrose Vs Rollins matchup. The boiling tension between the two as always spilling over and knowing one anothers playbooks inside out leading to some intense back and forth. So much so, that an eventual suplex off of the top turnbuckles leads to both men with their shoulders down and a three count with no clear winner. That being the case, the match is declared a draw. Dean retains the Championship as we head in to the draft. But we know he’d rather have had the decisive victory. Either way, the gold stays his.
The good news first, if you’re a Dean Ambrose fan: The Lunatic Fringe is still WWE Champion. The good news second, if you’re a Seth Rollins fan: The Architect fought like hell to wrest the supreme championship from his former Shield ally. Rollins took Ambrose to both the physical limit and the time limit in a match that spilled into a WWE Network overrun after a disputed pinfall left the match with an unclear victor.
Things ended far more decisively in the extra innings, so to speak, when the referee went to the tape and ruled the match a double-pin draw. Ambrose ultimately got the better of Rollins when The Architect attempted to ambush him with the title, meaning he’ll walk into WWE Battleground as champion. And lastly, the good news if you’re a Roman Reigns fan: He’s back Sunday. And that could be very, very bad news for the other two.
It’s the last Thursday Night Smackdown before the show goes live on Tuesdays, and Dean plans to take it out with a bang. Banging Kevin Owen’s face against mat as hard as he can, that is. Opening Smackdown up with this promise, we go on to see Dean backstage with Shane McMahon, discussing who knows what. But with Shane the new COO of Smackdown, maybe he was making Dean an offer he couldn’t refuse? At any rate, Dean heads in to the main event against Kevin Owens, and the match barely even gets underway before Seth Rollins interferes and Sami Zayn arrives for the save, turning it in to a tag team finale for Thursday night Smackdown. Unfortunately due to weasly tactics by Owens and Rollins, Sami Zayn eats defeat for the duo, but Dean swiftly gets his revenge. Attacking Owens and then Rollins who runs for safety. Smackdown closing on Dean standing tall with the WWE Championship. No matter what brand he ends up on next week, we’re hoping he takes that title with him! Here’s what WWE.com had to say!
Before WWE Champion Dean Ambrose’s main event match against Kevin Owens could begin, Seth Rollins, the Superstar who will challenge for The Lunatic Fringe’s WWE Championship on Raw this Monday, made an unscheduled appearance on SmackDown commentary to lend his thoughts on the upcoming showdown. However, before the one-on-one encounter between Ambrose and Owens was a minute long, Rollins blindsided Ambrose and opened the door for a two-on-one assault on the titleholder.
Yet, their numbers advantage was short-lived as Sami Zayn soon came to The Lunatic Fringe’s aid. From there, the contest was restarted into a tag team contest, pitting Rollins and Owens against Ambrose and Zayn for the first time in history.
The action was intense as both pairs of future Battleground opponents gave it everything they had on the final Thursday edition of SmackDown. In the closing moments, “The Underdog from The Underground” made a critical mistake. With Ambrose down, Zayn missed a Helluva Kick on Rollins. This allowed Owens to trip up with his one-time friend and set up a Rollins Pedigree for the victory.
Following the match, Rollins and Owens tried to continue their assault on Zayn, but Ambrose put an immediate stop to it. The Architect and The Lunatic Fringe scrapped it out before Ambrose got the upperhand, sending both his opponents heading for the hills.
Don’t miss the WWE Draft when SmackDown Live premieres this Tuesday night at 8/7 C, with a SmackDown Live Pre-Show at 7/6 C across all digital platforms and the WWE Draft Center Live three-hour supplemental show at 8/7 C exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.
Dean showed on RAW that he means business and isn’t going to relinquish his grasp on the WWE Championship that he fought so long and hard for. With a match for that Championship against Rollins set for next Monday night, what will go down beforehand between the two on SmackDown? Click on to find out!