Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Debut: 2005 WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: WWE World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship, Intercontinental Championship (x2) WWE Titles Holding: Intercontinental 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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Some WrestleMania matches are contested over titles, others for pride. In the case of the No Holds Barred Street Fight between Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose, the one and only purpose was menacing, unadulterated carnage. And when the bodies were broken and traces of destruction were visible in every direction, it was ultimately The Beast who reigned supreme with 13 German Suplexes and one thunderous F-5 on a heap on steel chairs.
It was no secret that Ambrose would enter The Show of Shows well-prepared; after all, he was armed to the teeth with the numerous instruments of destruction that he collected in the weeks leading up to the anything-goes free-for-all, with perhaps his greatest weapon being his own unhinged nature. Yet, arguably nothing in his possession was as battle-tested or dangerous as the ruthless Conqueror who would target him at every turn. The brutal chaos started at the opening bell. Though Ambrose dove head-first into the lair of the Beast, Lesnar quickly sent him on a detour into Suplex City. It was a place Ambrose would unfortunately become well acquainted with before the night was through.
Ambrose’s subsequent kendo stick counter-assault did little to stop his opponent, as Brock destroyed one of the implements simply to signify that he didn’t need any help to defeat the object of his wrath. Instead, he continued to dismantle his adversary with his bare hands. A low blow by Ambrose allowed the unstable Superstar to momentarily reinvigorate his own onslaught. But when he attempted to incorporate the chainsaw – given to him by none other than WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk – Lesnar bulldozed him onto the ringside floor. Not to be denied, the tenacious Ambrose added a laptop and steel chair to his assault. In a stunning turnaround, however, Lesnar turned the tables yet again, and hit his eleventh German Suplex of the night from the top rope!
The wild-eyed Ambrose recovered and attacked Brock with everything he could get his hands on, spraying his ferocious foe in the eyes with a fire extinguisher before leaping from the top rope with a steel chair and landing directly onto The Conqueror.
Ambrose proceeded to throw numerous chairs into the ring, only to be treated to Suplex number 12 for his trouble. But when Brock went for his first F-5, Ambrose hit him with Dirty Deeds onto the chairs. The Lunatic Fringe then produced “Barbie” – a barbed wire-wrapped bat and gift from Hardcore Legend Mick Foley – though before he could use it, Brock countered once again, this time hurling Ambrose over the pile of chairs with his thirteenth Suplex. The thirteenth time was the harm for Ambrose, ultimately allowing Brock to finish off his opponent with an earth-shattering F-5 onto the steel mess for the victory.
Though Brock Lesnar left Dallas and the AT&T Stadium with the win, no one can dispute the unspeakable toughness of Dean Ambrose. Perhaps not even The Beast Incarnate.
If Dean had ever wanted to prove to anybody, fan, peer or WWE brass – that he belongs at the top fighting for the big prizes, then tonight he did just that. He may not have walked away with the gold but we’re willing to bet he won the respect of everybody, including Triple H. We’d like to congratulate him on one of the matches of his career, but we always knew he was that damn good. Here’s the WWE.com review.
For a fleeting moment, it looked like the WWE World Heavyweight Title was headed for the Ambrose Asylum. Challenging Triple H for WWE’s most prestigious prize at WWE Roadblock, Dean Ambrose proved he is capable of pinning The Game’s shoulders on the mat for three seconds.
Tonight, however, fate intervened.
With an Ambrose victory threatening to send the WrestleMania card into utter disarray, The Game fought tooth-and-nail to protect his championship gold. He appeared totally composed at the start of WWE Roadblock’s huge main event, while The Lunatic Fringe did everything in his power to rattle the 14-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The characteristically defiant Ambrose slapped Triple H on the head as he controlled him with an armbar, then took a breather, mocking The Cerebral Assassin the entire time.
Sensing the huge stakes, Ambrose — perhaps for the first time in his WWE career — even abandoned his normal brand of unpredictable lunacy and employed an actual game plan, zeroing in on the left leg of the increasingly frustrated Game. The strategy worked at first, until Ambrose made a misstep outside the ring and Triple H’s viciousness took over. After shoving Ambrose back-first into the steel ring steps, The Cerebral Assassin began an methodical assault on Ambrose’s ribs and spine. The King of Kings dropped The Lunatic Fringe stomach-first on the ring barricade and shot hard knees into Ambrose’s mid-section before garnering a near-fall off a spinebuster.
Throughout the back-and-forth brawl, Triple H attempted one Pedigree after another, with Ambrose averting the danger each time. Ambrose punctuated one such comeback with a rebound clothesline that almost detached Triple H’s head from his body, and before long, the method to Ambrose’s madness — targeting The Game’s leg — became evident as he put the champion in an excruciating figure-four leglock. As Ambrose screamed “I’ll break your leg,” Triple H mustered the strength to reach the ropes and break the hold.
Then, it happened. To the disbelief of many, Ambrose landed Dirty Deeds and referee John Cone’s hand seemingly slapped the mat three times, sending the Ricoh Coliseum into a frenzy. The catch? Ambrose’s right leg was extended below the bottom rope, causing Cone to call off the pinfall and let the match continue.
Undeterred, Ambrose continued the fight, and the head games, catching Triple H with an elbow drop from the top rope to the floor and then parodying the crotch chop made famous by The Game’s former stable, D-Generation X. The Lunatic Fringe then went for broke, leaping off the barricade in an ill-fated attempt to elbow drop Triple H through the announce desk.
The Game rolled off the table at the last second, sending Ambrose crashing through the wood. The WWE Universe cheered Ambrose on as he courageously returned to the ring, beating the referee’s count. Unfortunately for the Ambrose Asylum, Triple H was waiting on his challenger and pounced the moment he climbed through the ropes, drilling Ambrose with a match-sealing Pedigree.
Ambrose fought bravely and intelligently but tonight, Triple H showed it’s rarely a winning proposition to challenge authority, let alone The Authority.
CLEVELAND — Who says there’s no such thing as second chances?
Certainly not Roman Reigns. The Big Dog will once again walk onto The Grandest Stage of Them All as a challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after surviving the unpredictable offense of his “brother,” Dean Ambrose, as well as the raw carnage of Brock Lesnar in an insane Triple Threat Match at WWE Fastlane 2016. Reigns persevered against an F-5, a steel chair flurry and more German suplexes than any one man should rightfully be able to stand up from to earn the right to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania.
Call it destiny or fate, but don’t say it was luck. Reigns scratched and clawed every inch of the way to walk out of this one as the winner. Had there been a bit of quit in The Big Dog, the match would’ve been Brock’s from the opening bell. There’s not a single Superstar on the roster who is as effective from the jump as Lesnar, and he made that clear in the first minute of this contest as he dispatched both of his opponents as if they were cruiserweights. Ambrose was dumped out of the ring within seconds while Reigns was German suplexed across the ring twice.
A third German suplex may have ended things early, but Ambrose saved his friend by blasting Brock with a missile dropkick. The Lunatic Fringe then had the gall to attempt a German suplex on The Beast Incarnate. Lesnar shrugged him off like a gnat then destroyed him with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Guts, insanity or a mix of both; Ambrose refused to back down from Brock. When Lesnar went outside to bring the fight to Reigns, The Lunatic Fringe attempted to catch him off guard with a suicide dive. The freak athletic instincts of Brock kicked in as he snatched Ambrose out of the air and then deposited him onto the arena floor with yet another suplex.
Back in the ring, The Beast Incarnate flashed a twisted smile as he hit Reigns with a previously averted third German suplex. When he connected with another, he held four fingers in the air. The Conqueror was keeping score. With Reigns looking like easy prey, Lesnar delivered an F-5 that may have very well won him the match had Ambrose not broken up the pinfall attempt. The Lunatic Fringe, in what was unquestionably a moment of insanity, showed he really did have no fear of the monster as he disrespectfully slapped him.
A little fear can be a healthy thing, of course, which Lesnar made clear by obliterating Ambrose’s rib cage with a series of huge knees. The trio of German suplexes that followed folded Dean up like an old wallet. Brock then went to hit the F-5 on Ambrose, but was blasted by a Spear from Reigns. The big man scored a two-count on Lesnar, but, more than that, he took a bit of the gas out of The Beast’s tank. Reigns then delivered a huge Superman Punch, but Lesnar wisely rolled to the outside where he could not be pinned, proving there’s nothing scarier than a colossus who can strategize.
When Reigns followed him to the floor, he got snatched up into another attempted F-5. Brock may have been looking to put Roman through a table, but he was stopped in his tracks by a low blow from Dean. Ambrose and Reigns were battered, but they traded knowing smiles and went to work. The two cleared off an announce table, then, in a moment reminiscent of their early days in The Shield, worked together to send Brock crashing through the hardwood with a powerbomb. There was an awkward moment at this point in the match. Reigns and Ambrose have done such a good job of keeping their friendship intact while chasing the same goal, but who would be the first man to throw a punch? It didn’t take long for Ambrose to take the lead and send his best friend into the steel stairs. The Lunatic Fringe went at him with a frenzied attack back in the ring, and connected with a huge elbow from the top rope that brought him within a second of the WrestleMania main event.
The two friends began trading haymakers until Ambrose noticed The Beast Incarnate stirring on the outside of the ring. They stopped their brawling and headed to the floor to put Lesnar down for a second time. Again, they double-powerbombed him through an announce table, only this time they buried him under the wreckage. If that didn’t keep the freak of nature down, nothing would. With Lesnar neutralized, the “brothers” went at it again. Reigns gained the upper hand and went about brutalizing Ambrose in the corner with clubbing clotheslines. Ambrose answered a powerbomb attempt with a series of elbow strikes to the head, but when he went for another high-risk elbow from the top rope, he got hit with a Superman Punch.
Reigns readied to Spear his best friend into oblivion, but got hit in the face with a knee as he charged in. The Lunatic Fringe sent Roman into the steel ring post, then connected with Dirty Deeds and almost scored the victory. Reigns stopped a second Dirty Deeds by hoisting Ambrose up into position for a Samoan Drop , but — and this actually happened — Lesnar entered the ring, grabbed Reigns around the waist and suplexed both men at the same time! The Big Dog didn’t stay down for long, though, and answered with a Spear. Brock took the hit, absorbed the impact and snapped on the Kimura Lock. Somehow, Reigns got to his feet with Brock still applying the hold, while Ambrose entered with a steel chair and started teeing off on both men. The Lunatic Fringe smashed his opponents with complete disregard, but he took his eyes off Reigns for one second too many when he began laying into Lesnar. With no time to spare, Roman charged Ambrose, cut him down with a Spear and pinned his best friend to earn a WWE World Heavyweight Title opportunity at WrestleMania.
After his grueling Last Man Standing match, Deans night wasn’t over and he went on to take part in and make a huge impact in the Royal Rumble itself! Entering at #19 and lasting right to the end and to the final 2, opposite Triple H who had eliminated Roman Reigns. An electric moment for Ambrose fans everywhere! It wasn’t to be Dean’s time as far as the WWE Heavyweight Championship is concerned, but it was definitely a mark for the Dean Ambrose history books. Here’s what WWE.com had to say.
Kevin Owens, still feeling the effects of his unbelievable Last Man Standing Match against Dean Ambrose, limped to the ring at 18. He may have been down, but he certainly wasn’t out as he traded fists with Styles immediately. “Welcome to WWE,” he yelled in the newcomer’s face before launching him out of the ring. Styles was gone from the match, but the impression he left was unmistakable as the crowd broke into an appreciative “AJ Styles” chant. Ambrose was next. Looking just as banged up as Owens, The Lunatic Fringe picked up where he left off, going tooth-and-nail at his loathed rival. Things got worse for Owens from there as Sami Zayn made an unexpected Rumble arrival at No. 20. The former friends smashed each other like bar fighters before the NXT favorite threw Owens over.
Triple H hadn’t turned up on Raw since Reigns obliterated him at WWE TLC. There were other Superstars in the ring, sure, but the spotlight shone only on Triple H and Reigns. In fact, the two competitors were so concerned with beating the life out of one another that they were both almost eliminated. Still, The Game barely managed to weather an onslaught from Ziggler and ended up overpowering The Showoff.
From there, a faceoff between Wyatt and Triple H became the match you never knew you wanted to see. Sister Abigail almost stopped The Game, but Sheamus saved Triple H’s hide with a Brogue Kick. The two eliminated Wyatt together, while Jericho went next thanks to Ambrose. The ageless veteran made his mark either way, lasting for more than 50 minutes. Reigns, Triple H, Sheamus and Ambrose were your final four, but it wasn’t long before Reigns dumped Sheamus. And then, in a split second, Reigns was gone. Roman had let his guard down for a mere moment after besting The Celtic Warrior, but that’s all it took for Triple H to throw him out. It was a testament to how quickly fates can change in WWE. Just like that, Reigns was no longer the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Sports-entertainment’s richest prize now hung in the balance between Ambrose and Triple H. Their plans of attack were sharply contrasted. The Lunatic Fringe wanted to gouge The Game’s eyes out, Triple H wanted to survive Ambrose’s frenzy and find the perfect moment to use his momentum against him. The Game’s plan worked. The Lunatic Fringe had Triple H on the other side of the rope, hanging on for dear life, but a well-timed knee from The Game stopped Ambrose in his tracks. A few seconds later, Ambrose was on the arena floor and Triple H was the 14-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
After weeks of build up and tension the night is finally here and neither Ambrose nor Owens was going to back down without a fight, the two ruthless superstars using everything just short of the kitchen sink to take each other down with. It was Deans quick thinking in the final moments that sealed him a victory, shoving Owens off of the top turnbuckles and to the outside, through a stack of tables on his way down. Owens was unable to answer 10 – and Dean keeps hold of the Intercontinental Championship! Never a doubt. Here’s what WWE.com had to say!
Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens each walked into their Last Man Standing Match at the Royal Rumble hell-bent on leaving the Intercontinental Champion, but after an all-out war that almost destroyed both men, it was The Lunatic Fringe who survived (barely) to fight another day with the cherished title in tow. This rivalry is one that escalated to frightening levels of physicality and all because of one thing … the Intercontinental Championship. The unstable Ambrose won the highly sought-after title from Owens in a wild head-to-head contest at WWE TLC 2015, setting off a conflict of chaos.
The objective of a Last Man Standing Match is simple; incapacitate your opponent to the point of him not being able to stand before the referee’s 10-count. Brutality is baked into the contest’s core. And with one of WWE’s most coveted championships on the line and two bitter rivals – both containing an unabashed love for fighting – facing off, this meeting of mayhem was destined to be a classic. And a classic it was. The contest started with a fury as both Superstars fired off fists. It didn’t take long for the action to make its way outside the ring as Ambrose went flying head-first into his challenger, knocking him over the English announce table and onto Michael Cole. From there, this showdown’s levels of insanity continued to grow. Ambrose wasted little time enlisting the help of a Kendo stick, using it to unleash a fury of strikes against his heated rival. KO remained undeterred in the face of Ambrose’s Kendo stick, fighting his way back from the attack. Owens delivered a vicious superkick to the face of Ambrose before prompting the referee’s first 10-count of the night by smashing his foe through the ringside barricade with a brutal cannonball.
This wild fight only heightened with a fiery Owens pulling steel chairs from under the ring. This decision would backfire, however, after Ambrose countered a powerbomb, backdropping Owens through two steel chairs. The challenger would remain undeterred, eventually using Ambrose as a crash test dummy against the steel steps at ringside. This opened up an opportunity for Owens to go for the KO blow. The bruising Superstar scaled the tope rope with the apparent intention to superplex his opponent through two tables set up on top of one another outside the ring. The intercontinental Champion avoided this potentially match-ending maneuver by throwing a chair into Owens’ face.
With the steel device entangled on the challenger’s head, Ambrose threw his patented right jab, right chop assault. Both battle-torn Superstars proceeded to trade counters, leading the unstable Superstar to hit not one, but two Dirty Deeds – with the second being delivered on top of a steel chair. Owens showed he could take damage as well as he can inflict it though, by beating the referee’s 10-count for both finishing maneuvers. This hazardous showdown would not end with Kendo sticks, steel chairs and steel steps. No, it was then time for tables. The chaos reached extreme levels as The Lunatic Fringe hit a flying elbow drop from the top turnbuckle onto a fallen Owens, who was sprawled out on top of a table. But, again, the challenger – and the titleholder – stood up before the 10-count.
The titleholder again looked to seal a victory, but his superplex through a table would be countered, with Owens sending the champion through the wooden structure below. Again, this classic battle was not over as Ambrose showed off his never-ending fight by stumbling to his feet just before the count to 10. What possibly could keep these determined competitors down for the count? Owens had an extreme idea in mind for sure as he stepped up to the top rope, ready to hit a moonsault on top of The Lunatic Fringe, who was laying on top of steel chairs below.
This would be Ambrose’s night, however, as the titleholder suddenly sprung up, pushing Owens over the ring post and crashing down through the stacked tables set up at ringside. Even after being sent spiraling through two tables, splintering the wood en route to the floor, Owens showed faint signs of life but the referee’s 10-count rang out, signaling the end to a historic Last Man Standing Match. Now that Ambrose has successfully fought off WWE’s self-professed Prizefighter to retain the Intercontinental Championship, will we see a new challenger emerge or will Owens continue to fight for what he deems “his” Intercontinental Championship?
Good things come to those who wait.. and who bust their behinds all year around. Deans patience finally paid off tonight at TLC as he sunk his claws in to the Intercontinental Championship, winning it from Kevin Owens in a hard fought match that made us proud. Well deserved and a long time coming, heres the match review from WWE.com, and congratulations Dean!
Boston — You wanted a fight? Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose gave you one at WWE TLC 2015. Two of WWE’s most unpredictable brawlers went all out in a battle over the Intercontinental Title, but it was The Lunatic Fringe who proved to be the cagier one. Countering Owens’ Pop-Up Powerbomb with a breathtaking hurricanrana into a pin, Ambrose proved that precision beats power, and timing beats speed.
Strategy was exactly what Ambrose needed going into this fight with Owens. Had the Intercontinental Champion had his way, The Lunatic Fringe would have been too mentally rattled to beat him before the match even began. The cerebral warfare started the moment Owens walked through the curtain with a microphone in his hands and disparaged the Boston faithful before vowing to stomp out the cockroach that is Dean Ambrose. Those were fighting words, but The Lunatic Fringe didn’t immediately rush into a scuffle with the champion. Instead, he waited for the bell to ring and began unloading on his target. Both of these competitors have serious wrestling chops, but the opening minutes of this match looked less like a sports-entertainment contest and more like something you might see in the parking lot of a bar in the bad part of town.
Despite a frenzy from Ambrose, the early advantage belonged to Owens. The Canadian brawler dictated the pace by slowing his manic opponent down with chinlocks and cutting him off whenever Ambrose tried to work his way back into the bout. He may claim to be a prizefighter, but this was about more than just a paycheck for the Intercontinental Champion. Owens clearly enjoyed beating on his opponent. Of course, Ambrose is the type of competitor you’d have to hit with a Buick if you wanted to stop him by sheer force alone. It wasn’t long before he knocked Owens to the outside of the ring, and then nailed him with a reckless dive through the ropes. The Lunatic Fringe attempted to keep the pressure on Owens, but he was quickly blasted with a fallaway slam into the barricade followed by a running senton on the floor. It was a wildly effective offensive onslaught, which the champion capitalized on by rolling into the ring and waiting for Ambrose to be counted out.
It looked like Owens’ plan was going to pay off, but Ambrose managed to toss himself back in the ring a millisecond before he lost the bout. He was reeling, but Ambrose avoided a second running senton and then nearly knocked Owens out of his sleeveless shirt with his signature rebound clothesline. Ambrose came close to winning the title with a flying elbow from the top rope, but Owens somehow kicked out. The Intercontinental Champion took control with a rolling fireman’s carry slam from the top rope that obliterated Ambrose’s insides. Most Superstars would have been out for the count after that, but The Lunatic Fringe avoided the Pop-Up Powerbomb and scored with Dirty Deeds. It looked like Owens’ reign was over, but he hung on by reaching the bottom rope with two fingertips. Say what you want about the smug Superstar, but his ring presence is something to admire.
He ran out of good ideas after that, though. Owens should have taken a moment to gather himself. Instead, he went right back into battle and attempted to hit Ambrose with the Pop-Up Powerbomb for a second time. The Lunatic Fringe was ready, and he countered with a hurricanrana right into a pin attempt. Three seconds later and Dean Ambrose was the new Intercontinental Champion. The Boston fans — true admirers of a scrappy fighter — erupted as Ambrose grabbed the immaculate white prize and hoisted his title in celebration. Expect that championship to look a lot less pristine in the weeks to come.
It sadly wasn’t to be Deans night as he defeated Kevin Owens in his quarterfinals match, but lost out to Roman Reigns in the final. Although it wasn’t to be Romans night either, as Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank and took the title straight out of his hands. An emotional turn of events for the Shield Brothers. Review from WWE.com
Dean Ambrose promised to turn WWE into his own personal asylum upon capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. The Lunatic Fringe got one step closer to his deranged goal at Survivor Series after he defeated Kevin Owens to cement his place in the tournament finals.
Owens, however, was not a pushover for The Lunatic Fringe. The reigning Intercontinental Champion was supremely confident, taunting Roman Reigns before the match, reminding The Big Dog of his shortcomings this year before promising to ruin Reigns’ night in the final. Ambrose looked to have the upper hand in the early moments of the match, until Owens turned the tide with a big elbow to the jaw. The Lunatic Fringe tried to bring the bout back to a frantic pace, diving over the ropes to the arena floor. However, Owens squashed Ambrose in the corner with a cannonball to keep the match’s pace slow and methodical.
The bout turned into a back and forth affair, with both Superstars trading blows and throwing everything they had at each other. The match began to turn in Ambrose’s favor when he evaded a top-rope moonsault from the 270-pounder. Owens once again cut The Lunatic Fringe off, capping off a battle on the top rope by driving Ambrose recklessly into the canvas with a twisting suplex. Owens pounced on The Lunatic Fringe, seeing victory in the horizon. The Intercontinental Champion countered Ambrose’s signature rebounding clothesline with a superkick, but the unstable Superstar was able to counter the Pop-up Powerbomb into a hurricanrana. Owens charged at The Lunatic Fringe, but Ambrose was able to twist the prizefighter around and connect with Dirty Deeds to cement his place in the finals.
Before the battle, longtime pals Ambrose and Roman Reigns promised that it would be two best friends fighting for the richest prize in WWE at the end of Survivor Series. Which one of the former Shield members will walk out of Atlanta as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
Mr. Money in the Bank spoiled Roman Reigns’ night once again.
Minutes after The Big Dog defeated his best friend, Dean Ambrose, to prevail in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament, Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pinned Reigns to snatch the title from him. It is the second time a cash-in has cost Reigns his opportunity at taking his place as WWE’s standard bearer. At WrestleMania 31, it was Seth Rollins who interjected himself into Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Title Match against Brock Lesnar and ruined his golden opportunity. Sheamus seizing the title has to sting all the more, though, as Reigns actually had the championship in his possession this time. The advantage of being the keeper of the coveted briefcase and its contract was never so apparent. Reigns fought his way through beasts like Big Show and Cesaro and even battled a man he considers a brother to get to the WWE World Heavyweight Title. The Celtic Warrior walked right in and took it.
It was a heartbreaking end to what should have been a defining night for Reigns. After defeating Alberto Del Rio in impressive fashion in the first match of the night, The Big Dog put his friendship with Ambrose aside and fought with everything he had to fulfill his dream of becoming WWE’s star player. The former Shield allies, who debuted together at Survivor Series three years ago, traded serious fisticuffs right from the start. Reigns hit the first power move of the match when he snatched Ambrose up and launched him across the ring in a raw display of power. When The Lunatic Fringe came right back with a frenzy of punches and kicks, the makeup of the match was clear. Reigns would rely on his strength advantage, and Ambrose would make up for he lacked in power with an overabundance of crazy.
Quickly, the brawl spilled to the arena floor where Reigns hurled his friend into the barricade with scary velocity. Whenever he was at the mercy of The Big Dog, Ambrose would take a major risk to put himself back in the race. This time, he dove out of the ring onto Reigns and then blasted him with a missile dropkick off the top rope.
The Lunatic Fringe wasn’t all manic showmanship, though. He employed a little strategy as well, targeting Roman’s vulnerable right arm that Del Rio nearly ripped out of the socket earlier in the night. Ambrose’s reckless abandon only took him so far. When he attempted another big dive from the top rope onto Roman, he got knocked out of his boots by a Superman Punch that nobody — including possibly Reigns himself — saw coming. It looked like Reigns had his opponent right where he wanted him as he readied to hit the Spear, but Ambrose — either by luck or by instinct — nearly reversed it into Dirty Deeds. Roman avoided that, but got blasted by a monster of a clothesline. Somehow, Reigns rebounded from that blow, and connected with a Spear that had to have shattered a few of Ambrose’s ribs. The gutsy Superstar wasn’t going out like that. Against all odds, he escape Roman’s pin attempt before the count of three. The pace slowed as each man willed their bodies to continue. Reigns went for another Spear, which was stopped by a kick from Ambrose. When he tried it again, he was sent careening into the ring post and then destroyed by Dirty Deeds. A three-count seemed elementary, but the big man still had some fight left in him.
Fatigue set in for both competitors. Each lay motionless on the canvas, struggling to answer the referee’s 10-count before trading punches while still seated on the canvas. They struggled to their feet between blows, and then kept on exchanging fists like they were rumbling in the parking lot of a sketchy bar. Reigns managed to back Ambrose up into the corner and began smashing his chest with shots that echoed throughout the Philips Arena. Ambrose willed himself back into the fight with hard knuckles to Roman’s head. but got so wrapped up in his offensive onslaught that he raced to the opposite corner, ricocheted off the turnbuckle and ran right back into one of the most destructive Spears Reigns has ever hit.
There was no kicking out after that. Three seconds later, and Roman Reigns had finally won the WWE World Heavyweight Title. The new champion wore a mix of expressions on his face as he gripped the title in the center of the ring — pain, pride, relief. Nearly three years to the day since he made his WWE debut, Reigns had finally reached the mountaintop, joining an elite fraternity of men like his cousin The Rock, Andre the Giant and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Ambrose embraced his friend in the ring, showing there was still plenty of love and respect between the two warriors. They fist bumped, and The Lunatic Fringe exited, leaving the ring to Reigns to soak up his moment.
Dean wasn’t in action tonight at Hell in a Cell, however he did stop by to pay Roman a visit after his win against Bray Wyatt. The two discussing future plans.. to go out and celebrate that is! Drinks on Dean after Romans battle, he’s going to need them. What’s next for this duo?
Dean and Roman revealed their mystery partner to be the always enigmatic Chris Jericho, a man that’s had his own battles with Wyatt in the past. However, the choice would prove fruitless as an error in judgment on Jerichos part cost the team the match, after he tagged himself in and tried to take on Strowman himself. It ended in bitter defeat and after the match, as Dean and Roman confronted him, Jericho simply pushed past and walked away. A spit in the face of Dean for sure. Ouch.
Chris Jericho has waged some hellacious battles over the past two quarter-century, but nothing could quite prepare the decorated veteran for the latest, horrific incarnation of The Wyatt Family at Night of Champions. There, at the sold-out Toyota Center in Houston, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and imposing newcomer Braun Strowman earned a decisive victory over Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and the brothers-in-arms’ secret weapon, Y2J.
A turf war erupted inside the Barclays Center, and when the smoke cleared, the bond between Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose proved to be too strong for the reunited Wyatt Family.
The much-anticipated brawl started out at a breakneck pace, with all four gladiators slugging it out on the floor. After Reigns hurled The Eater of Worlds into the timekeeper’s area, Ambrose sprinted across all three announce tables and launched himself at the menacing preacher. The villainous pair of Wyatt & Harper quickly bounced back, however, and took over with a blistering series of destructive moves, including Wyatt dropping Reigns back-first onto the ring apron with a urinage.
Once order was restored, relatively speaking, and the action returned to the ring, Harper and Wyatt took advantage of quick tags, punishing Ambrose in the process. After a grueling struggle, the resilient Lunatic Fringe managed to tag The Big Dog into the match, and Reigns clobbered Harper with thunderous clotheslines and slams.
Having telegraphed his Superman Punch, Reigns soon fell victim to a targeted superkick by the Superstar with the hundred-yard stare, followed by a sit-out powerbomb. The New Face of Fear and his loyal follower’s subsequent attempt at a double team move, though, went awry, as Reigns broke free of Harper’s grip and connected with a Superman Punch on Wyatt as the sinister Superstar came off the middle rope.
Just then, Reigns & Ambrose showed off the teamwork that helped make The Shield one of the most dominating factions ever, connecting with a combination powerbomb/elbow drop that nearly ended the bout.
Amazingly, Wyatt rebounded and almost dropped Ambrose with the Sister Abigail moments later, yet Ambrose countered, hitting the Dirty Deeds and tagging in Reigns, who cut Wyatt in half with a powerful Spear for the win. With the huge SummerSlam victory, have Reigns & Ambrose finally put the threat of Wyatt & Harper behind them?
Despite putting up possibly the match effort of his career, unfortunately it wasn’t to be Dean’s night as he fought Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship in a ladder match. However, Dean swears he’s not done in the chase for that title. Time to pick up and dust himself off. Here’s the WWE.com review.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — He did it, and all by himself. Seth Rollins, who shoved The Authority to the side and shouldered the load of beating Dean Ambrose on his own, fulfilled his promise by scaling a ladder and reclaiming his stolen WWE World Heavyweight Championship from the man who may go down in history as both The Architect’s greatest ally and bitterest foe.
Rollins’ feat was all the more impressive because the match was an uphill climb from the word go. Beginning with his win at last year’s Money in the Bank event, The Architect had rarely won a big match without the interference of Kane, J&J Security or some other agent of The Authority. Facing Ambrose alone — apart from placing all of the glory and the blame on the titleholder’s shoulders — essentially robbed Rollins of his right- and left-hand men. The Lunatic Fringe took full advantage of his old running mate’s handicap in the initial moments of the match, hammering Rollins with a crossbody, chops and — after Rollins made a potential early play for a ladder — a corner splash-bulldog combo that gave him an early advantage. That advantage didn’t last long once The Architect incorporated the anything-goes environment into his plans, however. He intercepted Ambrose mid-sprint for an STO into the turnbuckle, then took the fight outside the ring for the first time. There, The Architect used the loose rulebook to get his first sizable lead of the match, powerslamming Ambrose onto the floor and hurling him shoulder-first into the steps. With Ambrose down, Rollins again made a move for a ladder. Again Ambrose rallied, suicide-diving Rollins halfway up the ramp before using that same ladder as a weapon against his onetime brother in black, stopping Rollins’ own response suicide dive short by see-sawing the steel full-on into his face.
In the wake of that maneuver the ladder was soon erected, and both champion and challenger scrambled to scale it in a back-and-forth that was short on style but long on brutality. The two took turns hauling each other off the ladder before Ambrose decided to flip the script, slamming Rollins’ face into the ladder and, after another tussle, turning the implement into a landing spot for a double-underhook suplex. After setting the ladder up again, Ambrose finally managed to scale it. Instead of using his position to seal the win, however, he decided to pay tribute to the heavens’ newest Hall of Famer, Dusty Rhodes, dropping a Bionic Elbow on Rollins from atop the rungs that sent The Architect sprawling … and right into the orbit of a steel chair. As Ambrose attempted to win the match in earnest, Rollins brought out the chair and hacked away at the lunatic’s legs, bringing him down to Earth and severely compromising Ambrose’s knee in the process. If Rollins was a man with both arms behind his back, his opponent was now, for all intents and purposes, a one-legged man in a ladder-climbing contest.
Sensing the proverbial blood in the water, Rollins ensnared Ambrose’s leg in the ropes and battering-rammed the ladder straight into the injured knee. Even as Ambrose attempted to mount an offensive front, Rollins went back to the knee, matching Dean’s Dusty tribute with an homage to Ric Flair by way of a pair of Figure-Four Leglocks. That Ambrose managed to muscle Rollins into a reversal of the second one was a testament to The Lunatic Fringe’s heart. The one-legged madman somehow kept pace, hobbling over to the ladder with Rollins in mid-climb and sending The Architect for a tumble. Had Ambrose possessed full use of his legs, he may have put the match away then, but a ladder-wielding Rollins was quick to double-down against his former brother. First he used the ladder as a shield against Ambrose’s rebound lariat then again trapped Ambrose’s leg in the crux of the ladder and went to town. Adrenaline took over at this point as the WWE Universe roared to life behind Ambrose, and The Lunatic Fringe began to unleash a frenzied attack on Rollins with no thought toward his own safety or pain, daring the champion to stop him if he could. Eventually, Rollins did just that, tossing Ambrose into a guardrail when the fight spilled into the assembled multitudes of the WWE Universe. Having presumably broken Ambrose, a battle-weary Rollins made his way to the announce area to grab a ladder. But Ambrose roared back through the crowd, sprinted across the announce tables and mauled Rollins to the ground.
The two competitors slowly made their way back into the ring, but not before that same ladder was bridged between the apron and the commentary table. It didn’t take long for Rollins to reveal his intentions, as he attempted to powerbomb Ambrose onto the steel. The Lunatic Fringe turned the tide on his opponent, backdropping Rollins onto the ladder and breaking it under the weight of The Architect’s body. When Ambrose’s next attempt to climb the ladder was again hampered by his hobbled leg, the fight again spilled into the commentary area, this time into the Spanish announce table. And while Ambrose very nearly took the traditional trip through the SAP station, he managed to avoid a Pedigree on the table and instead put Rollins headfirst onto the desk with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose made another pass up the ladder, which Rollins cut off by clobbering the injured knee with a TV monitor to bring Ambrose down to Earth again. Having been beaten within an inch of incapacitation, it was all Ambrose could do to literally bear hug Rollins’ legs each time he tried to climb the ladder. At one point he even managed to toss Rollins to the outside. That decision would cost him.
Fed up with Ambrose’s fighting spirit, The Architect threw The Lunatic Fringe face-first into what was left of the mangled ladder before delivering a pair of running powerbombs to the barricade on either end of the squared circle. After producing a ladder and a cluster of chairs beneath the ring, The Architect executed a third powerbomb, this one a running sit-out, atop the mass before burying Ambrose in plunder and heading toward the ladder with clear skies ahead. Yet Ambrose got up again. For the umpteenth time, The Lunatic Fringe made his way back to the ring and scaled the ladder, neck-and-neck with Rollins, until it came down to a literal Tug O’ War over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Both Superstars tore the title from its hook at the same time and fell to the mat. Whether Ambrose lost his grip in the fall or released the title due to the pain in his knee as he hit the ground was unclear. It didn’t matter, because Rollins kept his hold on the title literally, figuratively and in any other way that can be measured, not only retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but reclaiming it as well — just in time for a celebration with WWE COO Triple H at ringside when all was said and done. “Show them,” The King of Kings had commanded his student before the match, when Rollins’ self-doubt was at its highest. Rough a task as it was, Seth Rollins clearly took those words to heart. Not just to heart, in fact, but into the ring, up the ladder, out the door and all the way to the pay window, if you will.
A historic night in the career of Dean Ambrose that resulted in him laying claim to the top gold in the company! But.. it’s complicated. Due to a technicality, Deans win was changed from a clean pin to a disqualification which meant Rollins retained the title. Dean wasn’t about to let his victory be taken from him at the very last second, so with the aid of Reigns, Dean pulled another heist! Taking off with the WWE Championship and his DQ Win. Like it or not, Dean’s the Champion in our world! Get used to it.
Seth Rollins is still WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Kind of. On the one hand, yes. Rollins retained his title against Dean Ambrose in the main event of WWE Elimination Chamber by disqualification, ensuring he lives to fight another day as WWE World Heavyweight Champion even as he technically lost his defense. But he’ll have a hard time finding anything to defend, as The Lunatic Fringe made good on his Elimination Chamber Kickoff promise to “take” Rollins’ title, absconding with The Architect’s crown jewel moments after the bout and leaving Rollins a titleholder with no title.
How the contest got there is a complicated story involving two referees, an errant knee and a potentially eaten hat, so it’s appropriate that things started off innocuously enough: Rollins, flanked by J&J Security and Kane — acting in their “official” capacity — standing across the ring from a solitary Ambrose, whose planned backup of Roman Reigns was forced to steer clear of the bout or risk Dean’s disqualification. The Lunatic Fringe didn’t seem hampered by the lack of reinforcements; in fact, he appeared energized at the opportunity to take Rollins down by himself, tossing The Architect to the mat and plying a series of holds to weaken the champion in the opening moments. Once the advantage was established, Ambrose went old school to press the advantage, pulverizing Rollins’ chest with chops and a running dropkick before spiking him cranium-first into the canvas by way of a top-rope leg drop. The strategy wasn’t pretty, but it worked, which is partially why things turned south when Ambrose went fancy with an attempt to superplex Rollins off the top rope. Thanks to an assist from J&J Security, the champ wriggled free of his former Shield brother’s grip and plunged The Lunatic Fringe — himself entangled in the Tree of Woe position — into the mat with a stomp to the sternum.
The WWE Universe didn’t take kindly to Rollins’ tactics, showering him with derisive “Justin Bieber” chants that only drove the champion to play a more savage tune on his challenger. Rollins muscled Ambrose to the mat with a chinlock and, moments later, followed up with a textbook STO into the turnbuckle. With Ambrose knocked loopy, Rollins took the opportunity to pepper his old buddy with a few punches to the face and a corkscrew neckbreaker, the subsequent two-count of which led to a tense face-to-face between Rollins and veteran official John Cone, who will become very important to this story. Denied his pinfall, Rollins continued to batter Ambrose around the ring, though, it turned out Dean-o was merely just getting mad. A crossbody collision brought the fight back to an even ground and The Lunatic Fringe capitalized first, confounding the champion with rollup after rollup (Rollins, no slouch, answered in kind) and, ultimately, a wheelbarrow facebuster that pancaked The Architect face-first on the mat.
J&J picked this moment to interfere again by hauling their champion out of the ring and Ambrose followed suit instantly, lawn-darting the titleholder over the commentary table with a suicide dive. Rollins wouldn’t be taken down so easily, reversing a rebound clothesline into a backslide, though Cone caught The Architect’s foot on the ropes and stopped the pin count at two. An outraged J&J attempted to interfere and Ambrose dispatched them yet again, this time by simply shoving Rollins into both of his henchmen at once. The preoccupation gave The Architect a second wind, however; Rollins escaped a schoolboy and superkicked a kneeling Ambrose before climbing the ropes for a potentially match-ending attack. As Rollins began to dig deep into his well, Ambrose decided to keep it basic, simply punching Rollins in the face to counter any potential maneuver. Phoenix Splash? Punch him in the face. Sunset flip into a running buckle bomb? Punch him in the face. It was a one-stop shop strategy, true, but it had a shelf-life as well: Rollins recovered during a scrap outside the ring, hoisting Ambrose up and finally completing the running powerbomb, this time into the barricade. From there, Rollins set about once again emptying his arsenal, but didn’t account for Ambrose’s resilience: Each maneuver only got the champ a two-count.
What seemed to really drive The Lunatic Fringe into overdrive, though, was the trash talk: “It was never about you,” Rollins sneered during a particularly tense moment in the corner. So Ambrose decided to make it personal, clobbering the champ with a running forearm and a tornado DDT off the second tope. From there, Ambrose went for his leg drop again — miss — and Rollins countered with a flying knee — miss — and an enziguiri — got ‘em — that knocked Ambrose backward and straight into another rebound lariat — jackpot — that still only managed to get a two-count. Dean’s flying elbow again only notched two, but the champion was clearly on his heels and J&J ran immediate interference, giving Rollins life via a suicide dive that sent Ambrose into the turnbuckle. The Lunatic Fringe would not stay down. After the fight returned to the ring and as JBL cried that he’d eat his hat if Ambrose took the title — remember those words — the No. 1 contender recovered from another buckle bomb, exploding into a clothesline that literally turned Rollins end-over-end. He even neutralized the champ’s equalizers, punching J&J and Kane off the apron before taking flight with an elbow that laid waste to the gathered Authority.
With the brawl having spilled beyond the ropes, Ambrose continued his all-access tour of clothesline city by flattening Rollins with yet another lariat before taking the fight back inside the ring. As The Lunatic Fringe took flight for another elbow, Rollins dodged the attack and hauled referee John Cone into harm’s way instead. The official took the full brunt of the cartilage that was meant for the champion, removing him from the action and therefore unable to record the count when Ambrose dodged a Phoenix Splash and executed Dirty Deeds on Rollins. Luckily, a replacement referee was, reaching the ring in time to make the three count and give Dean Ambrose his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
At least for a few moments.
While Ambrose celebrated his win in the ring with the WWE Universe, Cone came to and conferred with his replacement, leading to a slight change to the decision: While Ambrose had won, the win was via disqualification and therefore Rollins was still the champion. The Lunatic Fringe, understandably beside himself, refused to surrender his title and was swarmed by The Authority for his defiance … until Roman Reigns’ music stopped the beatdown cold.
With no stipulation to restrain him, The Big Dog thundered into Corpus Christi and laid waste to the entire Authority, ceding the spotlight to Ambrose to make a dramatic exit as only he could: With a final kiss-off to the man who betrayed him — “I won this match. That means I’m taking the WWE World Heavyweight Championship” — and an exodus through the crowd with stolen property in hand.
In other words, JBL’s still gotta eat his hat. And WWEShop’s got just the barbeque sauce for the occasion.