As The Miz fueled speculation as to where “Miz TV” will end up after the WWE Draft, WWE Champion Dean Ambrose barged in before being introduced and proceeded to chomp on his Miami-made Cuban sandwich.
When The Lunatic Fringe decided to use his host’s designer suit jacket as a napkin for his meal, however, Maryse threw the garment over the titleholder’s head and opened the door for an irate Miz to kick him to the canvas.
For the first time-ever, Dean Ambrose competed on SmackDown as the WWE Champion in the Champion vs. Champion Match against Intercontinental Champion The Miz — thanks to an altercation between them earlier on “Miz TV.”
It was an excruciating contest from start to finish, with both titleholders leaving it all out on the canvas. And after The Lunatic Fringe survived both the Figure-Four Leglock (with an injured leg) and the Skull-Crushing Finale, Miz went to the top rope one time too many. As a result, Ambrose took control and blasted The A-Lister with Dirty Deeds for the huge main event victory.
After a sneak attack from behind by Rollins to end RAW, there’s a good chance Dean won’t be in the best of moods on SmackDown which may not bode well for Miz who’ll be hosting the WWE Champion as his guest on Miz TV. What’s going to happen? Click on to find out!
You know what they say: When the sports-entertainment gods close a door (or cash in a contract), they open a window. In this case, they handed a 30-day suspension to Roman Reigns, giving Seth Rollins the opportunity to capitalize on the controversy and try to get The Big Dog booted from the long-brewing Shield Triple Threat at WWE Battleground, thereby giving him a cleaner shot at Dean Ambrose’s WWE Championship.
Ambrose, of course, wasn’t about to let Rollins get his way, and things quickly got even more complicated when AJ Styles and John Cena threw their names in the proverbial hunt for the title. It fell to Stephanie McMahon to make the executive decision (and point out that Shane was again absent this week), and not only did she preserve Reigns’ spot in the match, she handed Cena and Styles “win-and-you’re-in” matches against Rollins and Ambrose, respectively, for later in the night. So much for an open window.
Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles
Sure, the sports-entertainment gods may have closed that door and opened a window, but seems like Seth Rollins has decided he’ll take the door after all. With John Cena barred of the WWE Battleground main event, Rollins had no force but to throw his support behind Dean Ambrose’s efforts to keep AJ Styles from joining the marquee match himself.
Luckily, Rollins got his wish, and he ironically has John Cena to thank: When the rest of The Club showed up to thwart a surging Ambrose, Cena sprinted down the ramp to fight them off, allowing Ambrose to plant The Phenomenal One with Dirty Deeds. While The Club swarmed Cena and dropped him with a Magic Killer on the entrance ramp in retaliation, Rollins jumped Ambrose from behind with a pair of Pedigrees. Battleground is set. Consider the opening salvo fired.
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Dean Ambrose is the WWE Champion and that means he’s the Kingpin of the WWE, a name given to him by the announce team on Smackdown, and he likes it. As Seth Rollins issues an open challenge at the start of the show that’s answered by Sami Zayn, Dean interrupts and tells them if theres going to be a debate it needs to be done properly. With The Ambrose Asylum: Championship Edition. Rollins is less than pleased as the sets brought in, including a brand new cactus. Ambrose gets right to business, asking Seth why he’s acting like a jackass. This prompts Seth in to a tirade of abuse that ends with him leaving. Terrible attitude. I guess the Ambrose Asylum is over. Late on in the evening Dean finds Seth backstage and follows him to the ring, he’s adept at annoying his enemies.
He stays ringside for Sami Zayn vs Seth Rollins, getting on commentary and offering some insight in to the mind of Seth Rollins and the battle they face in a few weeks time. Dean’s keen to prove to both Seth and Roman that he’s the kingpin player here in WWE. Rollins wins his match and gets in Dean’s face almost inevitably. However, after a blindside attack, Dean sends Seth running for the hills to avoid retaliation. A few weeks, Seth. You’ll get your chance to have your ass kicked. Don’t worry.
Seth Rollins kicked off SmackDown with fighting words for Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, the two Superstars he will meet in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship at WWE Battleground. Despite his second World Title reign lasting just minutes, The Architect had not lost his confidence, predicting he will prove he is the best member of the onetime Shield on Sunday, July 24, live on WWE Network.
A fired-up Rollins proceeded to issue an open challenge to anyone in the locker room, which was promptly answered by Sami Zayn. WWE Champion Dean Ambrose soon followed with a “championship edition” of “The Ambrose Asylum.” An irate Rollins’ reluctance to be part of the titleholder’s impromptu show led the former titleholder to storm off the set. Despite the abrupt exit, SmackDown’s main event was set with Sami Zayn taking on Seth Rollins in a must-see clash.
WWE Champion Dean Ambrose joined the SmackDown announce team as he watched one of his two WWE Battleground challengers, Seth Rollins, battle Sami Zayn in an explosive main event showdown.
The Underdog from the Underground’s daredevil style pushed an embattled Rollins to the limit, but The Architect ultimately prevailed after pouncing on his opponent with an emphatic Pedigree for the victory.
After the contest, a heated Rollins got into The Lunatic Fringe’s face before unleashing sneak attack with a series of strikes. The unstable Ambrose responded with a frenzied assault before nearly hitting Dirty Deeds on Rollins, who frantically escaped.
What a difference a week makes. Last Monday, all three former members of The Shield shared the ring on “The Ambrose Asylum.” And Dean Ambrose suggested that he might, just might, win Money in the Bank and cash it in on whomever was left standing in Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Title Match. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened, and Raw opened this week with Reigns and Rollins each approaching The Lunatic Fringe for first crack at his prize.
Reigns opted to lay down what amounted to a gentleman’s challenge to his brother from another mother, but a twitching-mad Rollins chose instead to demand that The Lunatic Fringe award him the first rematch. Reigns offered to fight for it. Rollins said no way (Jose). With Stephanie McMahon absent, Shane McMahon provided the solution, scheduling Rollins and Reigns in a No. 1 Contender’s Match for later in the night. And so begins the reign of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose. Drink it in, man.
As any lunatic worth his salt is wont to do, Dean Ambrose kind of screwed everything up for Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank. So “The Man” and “The Guy” met again on Raw in a rematch, with the winner set to challenge The Lunatic Fringe for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Battleground.
The two picked up right where they left off, though Reigns secured an early advantage by virtue of a tremendous boot to the face and some earth-shaking rights to the face. Rollins found his own groove by going to the air, but Reigns hung tough until the battle spilled to the outside and a Spear to Rollins over the Spanish commentary table left them both unable to answer the referee’s 10-count. So Roman Reigns didn’t beat Seth Rollins. Seth Rollins didn’t beat Roman Reigns. What does that mean for WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose? Hell, he’s hardcore: He’ll take ’em both.
Two years removed from the unforgettable rupture of The Shield, newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose faces his fellow former Hounds of Justice Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground.
A three-way showdown among Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns seemed inevitable from the moment Rollins stabbed his brothers in the back, dissolving the once-dominant faction. Less expected was that it would be The Lunatic Fringe sitting in the catbird position as defending champion. Yet, Ambrose earned that accolade at WWE Money in the Bank, winning the event’s namesake match and cashing in his guaranteed championship match contract that same night against Rollins, who himself had just pinned Reigns to regain the title.
The cyclonic turn of events turned WWE on its head and underscored what everyone already knew: Competition among the former Shield allies runs deep and is full of parity.
So evenly matched are the Superstars that a single No. 1 contender could not be named the following night on Raw, when The Big Dog and The Architect jockeyed for the right to challenge Ambrose. As the thrilling match reached its crescendo, Reigns Speared Rollins onto the Spanish announce table and neither Superstar could beat the referee’s 10-count.
Even though no decisive winner was declared, Ambrose proved himself to be a fighting champion right away, volunteering to take on both Reigns and Rollins on Sunday, July 24.
With that, the table is now set for one of the most anticipated WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Matches of all time. Which ex-Hound of Justice will prove his supremacy at WWE Battleground? Will it be the rebuilt and redesigned Architect, eager to win back the title he trained so hard to reclaim, only to lose it moments later? Will The Big Dog use his punishing strength to dismantle both friend (Ambrose) and foe (Rollins)? Or might the match’s Lunatic Fringe remind those who know him best just how dangerous he can be?
Watch the Shield showdown that has been years in the making when WWE Battleground airs live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, July 24, at 8 ET/5 PT.