WrestleMania’s Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match just got bigger and a little crazier.
Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett will defend his title in a multi-Superstar Ladder Match at The Showcase of the Immortals, WWE announced on Facebook during a WrestleMania 31 Tech Tour. The ultimate number of participants and identity of all the challengers will be revealed in coming weeks, but three contenders have already been named.
R-Truth became the first challenger announced for the matchup on the March 2 Raw, and on March 4, two new names were added to the mix: former United States Champion Dean Ambrose and towering ex–Wyatt Family member Luke Harper.
The Ladder Match adds to the bearer of bad news’ recent woes. A five-time Intercontinental Champion, Barrett has lost non-title contests to not just R-Truth and Ambrose, but also Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan, deepening the pool of potential contenders. Though Barrett dealt Ambrose a loss via disqualification at WWE Fastlane, The Lunatic Fringe absconded with the Intercontinental Championship after the match, leaving Bad News as a champion with no title. Since then, the championship has become a hot potato, changing possession repeatedly.
Will order finally be restored to the Intercontinental Title scene at WrestleMania? Just how many challengers will Bad News Barrett have to contend with? And what will happen at The Showcase of the Immortals when the prestigious Intercontinental Championship is raised high above the ring, with the only means for retrieval being to scale a ladder amid the mayhem of a multi-Superstar brawl?
Check back at WWE.com for more updates on WrestleMania’s huge Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match, and don’t miss WrestleMania 31 when it airs live on WWE Network Sunday, March 29, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
The battle for the Intercontinental Championship heats up on RAW as Dean heads in to a match against the ‘real’ Champion, Wade Barrett, while still in possession of the belt. With R Truth at ringside on commentary, all the ingredients are there for more shenanigans as Dean and Wade duke it out in the ring. Ambrose getting things off to a hot start as he takes the fight to Wade, but the British Brawler turns the tides and knocks Dean to the outside, using the opportunity to grab the belt and taunt Truth with it. Back from a break and Wades in control, but you can never keep an unstable man down, Dean battling back and using his body as a weapon with a flying elbow to the outside. With Wade and Dean fighting on the other side of the ring, Truth takes the opportunity to get up and grab the belt, hiding it under his shirt. Only for Luke Harper to appear and demand it from him. Truth hands the belt over and Harper walks away with it, Barretts distracted and just like that, Dean hits Dirty Deeds and picks up the win.
But wheres the belt?
Dean confronts Truth about it but he denies all knowledge. Its hot potato with the title!
Later on in the night, Harper takes on Bryan one on one and as the match comes to an end, Barrett arrives and snatches the title, only to run straight in to Dean again! Dean tosses Wade in to the ring and grabs his precious belt, only to eat a big boot from Luke Harper! Luke takes the title and heads off up the ramp, only to eat a Superkick from Ziggler!
With Ziggler in possession of the belt, it looks like our Wrestlemania Ladder Match is set. Dean Ambrose Vs Dolph Ziggler Vs Daniel Bryan Vs Wade Barrett Vs Luke Harper Vs R Truth – a good old fashioned 6 Man Ladder Match with the Intercontinental Championship at stake on the grandest stage of them all. Can’t wait!
The saga of the Intercontinental Championship continues on Smackdown as Wade Barrett interrupts Daniel Bryan to do a little more complaining about the fact Ambrose ‘stole’ it from him. We think stole is a little harsh. We prefer ‘liberated from a mediocre Champion’.. it just sounds better. Of course, Dean isn’t one to stand around and be bad mouthed and quickly comes to the ring to confront Barrett too, a brawl breaking out that ends up with Bryan holding the title. Barrett confronts him and demands it back, Bryan lingers, then hands it over only for Wade to turn right in to a fist from Ambrose. Wade retreats, Ambrose has the belt and a glance between he and Bryan suggests yet another man may have his eye on this prize.
Dean goes on to face The Miz in a one on one match up and mid way through the match, Barrett appears and steals the belt! Deans distracted but not enough to lose, hitting Miz with Dirty Deeds and picking up another victory in his recent streak, but Barretts long gone with that belt.
Backstage, Barrett tells Renee Young that Deans nothing but a common thief and he’s never getting the belt back. Wade is put in to a one on one match up against Bryan and as that match happens, R Truth – on commentary at ringside – sneaks up and stuffs the belt in his jacket. Wades distraught as he loses to Bryan, his precious belt long gone.
Backstage, Dean confronts Truth and says he’ll be needing that title back. To his surprise, Truth simply hands it over! Well.. who would argue with a lunatic?
WWE have announced there will be a ‘Multiple Man’ Ladder Match at Wrestlemania for the Intercontinental Title – participants yet to be announced, but I think we can hazard a pretty good guess!
Dean Ambrose spoke to Asbury Park Press about returning back to New Jersey on March 2nd, 2015 and his path on the road to WrestleMania 31 in Santa Clara, CA.
Before World Wrestling Entertainment makes its way to Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium for WrestleMania 31 on March 29, it’s taking care of some business closer to home.
The globally watched, Connecticut-based company has long treated our area as its home turf; eight WrestleManias have taken place in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania to date. On Monday, March 2, WWE’s flagship broadcast, “Monday Night Raw,” airs live from Newark’s Prudential Center.
Among the stars expected to appear is fan-favorite anti-hero Dean Ambrose, a Cincinnati native formerly from Philadelphia who now calls Las Vegas home.
“It’s not a show you want to miss because all of the stars are going to be there, and it’s the time of year where surprises happen and twists and turns happen,” Ambrose said.
Ambrose, 29, worked his way through the independent wrestling scene before signing with WWE in 2011 and making his proper debut with the company the following year. He’s logged countless in-ring hours in our neck of the woods over the course of his career.
After losing his bout to Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship at WWE Fastlane, Dean Ambrose looked to “borrow” the championship belt from Barrett. On Monday Night RAW, Dolph Ziggler picked up a win against Barrett. Ambrose made an appearance, exchanging words with an injured Barrett. Ambrose bumped shoulders with Ziggler, and then took off, again with the championship belt. With Thursday Night SmackDown around the corner, what can we expect from our favorite Lunatic Fringe? Find out by clicking on the link below.
Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Working For: WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: United States Championship Mini Biography: Dean Ambrose started his career back in 2004 under the name of Jon Moxley. Earning high praise from independent companies around the world, he became a household name for the hardcore, holding championship gold in companies such as Combat Zone Wrestling. With his name capturing the attention of wrestling fans across the globe, Jon soon earned a developmental contract with the WWE. He then took on the name of Dean Ambrose and began the process of cementing his name in stone. Feuding with William Regal and Seth Rollins most notably on NXT, Ambrose went on to make his much anticipated main roster debut at Survivor Series 2012, coming in alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to make a massive impact in the main event, aiding CM Punk in retaining his WWE Championship. The Shield have torn an unstoppable path through the WWE and at Extreme Rules 2013, Dean laid claim to his first taste of WWE gold, capturing the United States Championship. Described by WWE as "Fearless, wild and always unpredictable" as well as a "world class competitor and infamous troublemaker" - Dean Ambrose is the rising star to watch! Full Biography:Click Here! Full Statistics:Click Here!
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