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!
Another week another dastardly scheme from Seth Rollins. But this week Dean ain’t playing anymore. Fun and games time is over and he’s done enjoying his victory, it’s time to get serious and if Seth Rollins thinks he’s only got to worry about Roman at Battleground he’s got another thing coming. The switch is flipped and it’s time for Rollins to remember just who he is dealing with. Seth knows what Dean’s capable of, the depths he’ll go to, the muck he’ll crawl through, the blood he’ll spill just to get his hands on the WWE Championship and be ‘the man’.. what exactly does he think is going to happen now Dean actually has the title in his grasp? He’s not going to let it out of his grasp, in fact he tells Rollins he’ll have to pry it from his cold dead fingers first. He means business, and he tells Seth exactly what he thinks of him and his cheating, weasly tactics. Rollins makes a hasty retreat, but takes Dean’s offer of a one on one Championship match on next weeks RAW. Ambrose has something to prove, and he’s got Rollins shaken. Here’s WWE.coms review.
Looks like one of the unspoken side goals of Seth Rollins’ “Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim” mantra was “Get Your Own Talk Show,” because after some political maneuvering among the McMahons, The Architect debuted his very own variety program, “The Rollins Report,” on Raw. Seth’s selling point to Shane and Stephanie McMahon was an earthshaking exclusive from Roman Reigns, but “The Man’s” scoop turned out to be a bunch of doctored footage assembled to further tarnish the suspended Reigns.
Enter Dean Ambrose, who did what he does best and riled Rollins into a frenzy, only this time Seth turned it around, hurling insults that lathered The Lunatic Fringe into a frothing rage. Not only that, but Rollins got something even sweeter out of the exchange: When Ambrose snarled that he’d accept a one-on-one challenge at any point for his WWE Championship, Rollins laid one down for next week’s Raw.
Dean will be making an appearance at the Walmart Store at 6005 S. Eastern Ave in Las Vegas on Thursday July 14th from 11am-1pm.
Please note the signing is only open to the first 200 attendees, one autograph per person. Wristbands will be distributed approximately one hour before the appearance start time so make sure to arrive early!
WWE.com has an article up looking back on the ten best bouts of the year so far, with two of Dean’s matches making the list! Read what was said about those two matches below and head over to WWE.com to see which others made the top ten.
8. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens — Money in the Bank Ladder Match; WWE Money in the Bank
If there is such a thing as a glass ceiling, Dean Ambrose had been slamming his head against it for a solid year leading up to this star-making match for The Lunatic Fringe. But to highlight Ambrose’s ultimate Money in the Bank victory — and subsequent cash-in — would do a disservice to the magnificent performances of Chris Jericho, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, all of whom laid their bodies on the line in the most inventive fashion possible to reach the proverbial next rung. Dean-o’s victory was sweet, to be sure, but anybody here would have been a worthy champion-in-waiting. To quote one of the participants: Drink it in, man.
7. Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose — WWE Championship Match; WWE Roadblock
While Triple H’s WrestleMania challenger, Roman Reigns, was sidelined with an injury, The Game might have thought he had an easy Road to WrestleMania to look forward to. Dean Ambrose made sure that didn’t happen, hounding The King of Kings into a title defense at WWE Roadblock and coming one technicality away from stealing the gold for himself. Apart from being a top-tier performance from both Superstars, it’s tempting to look back at this as a moment of clarity for Ambrose, who fell short of the ultimate prize once more, but would not do so again.
WWE Champion Dean Ambrose kicked off SmackDown by anointing himself a Special Guest Referee, and he proceeded to distract Seth Rollins with several obscure announcements during The Architect’s match against Jey Uso. Just when it looked like Uso might prevail with the Samoan Splash, however, Rollins managed to lift his knees at the last second and hit the Pedigree for the win.
The Lunatic Fringe continued to play (mic) mind games after the bell. But who will be in a playful mood following the epic WWE Title Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground between Ambrose, Rollins and Roman Reigns?
It’s been a hot minute since we last had an article from our resident thinkpiece writer Austin Skinner. But he’s back and taking a look at recent events, specially, Dean’s huge title win! Check it out and feel free to leave your thoughts in comments or on social media!
Ascending the Mountain(s) By Austin Skinner
Wow. Here we are fellow inmates! Our favorite lunatic has finally reached the very top of the mountain as THE man of the WWE. That’s right, no false captures, Authority power plays, or near wins for Mox this time! It’s real. After what feels so long overdue, Dean Ambrose has finally graced our living rooms as the official (and rightful) WWE Champion. So, before we all have to pinch ourselves and wake up from this fever dream of the lunatic running the asylum, let’s take a victory lap around memory lane! After all, champions aren’t just made overnight…
By now, it is common knowledge that Dean Ambrose is our new WWE Champion and for the moment, all is right in the Ambrose Asylum. However, Dean has been atop several similar mountains before. Though smaller, climbing these previous mountains we’re still very significant in shaping his career. So, to celebrate Ambrose’s long, long journey, I figured why not revisit all times he was crowed a World Heavyweight Champion previous to his most recent with the WWE! It is a rich history and one any Dean Ambrose fan should really know, especially if you decided to skip past the stats section of Dean-Ambrose.net. Across the independent scene from 2006 to 2011, Ambrose (then Jon Moxley) won a total of seven world titles! And for those keeping score, that’s almost one world championship reign a year. Not too shabby for a twenty-something with only a few years of experience under his belt (no pun intended)!
At the tender age of twenty, Jon Moxley would capture his first world title, the Heartland Wrestling Association Heavyweight Championship. After a few months of growing and learning in HWA, Mox progressed to the top of the card rather quickly. A little after two years since his debut, Moxley began challenging top contenders in a chase for the HWA Heavyweight Championship. He would earn the opportunity to square off with then-champion Pepper Parks on May 9, 2006. He would dethrone Pepper and hold his first major title for a little over four months before losing it to long-time rival Chad Collyer on September 12 that same year. However, he would end 2006 as a two-time HWA Heavyweight Champion, once again defeating Parks on December 30 for the title.
Unfortunately, Mox would go on to lose the championship three days later on January 2, 2007, to Brian Jennings. Following these two reigns, Moxley would shift his focus for awhile, doing some travelling around and exploring other areas of the sport. But, by 2010, Jon Moxley pretty much became a collector of big-time belts. First, Jon would set his sites on recapturing his HWA Heavyweight Championship for a third time. On January 6, 2010, Mox would cash in his “Pick Your Poison” championship opportunity on Aaron Williams, who he would go on to defeat to once again be crowed as champion. Another lengthy reign as the man of HWA would follow only to be cut short by July, thanks to Gerome Phillips.
2010 would mark the last year Jon Moxley would be HWA Heavyweight Champion, but the first year he’d win a major title with other wrestling promotions. While simultaneously being Heavyweight Champion of the Heartland Wrestling Association, Mox would try his hand at becoming the Combat Zone Wrestling World heavyweight Champion. His goal would become realized at the CZW 11th Anniversary Show on February 12, 2010, where Jon Moxley would defeat B-Boy for the CZW World Heavyweight Championship! However, this would revive a feud between him and Nick Gage that would ultimately end up costing Moxley the title in August of 2010.
Continuing the feud with arguably his greatest CZW opponent would lead Jon Moxley to a three-way dance held on August 14, where he would regain the CZW World Heavyweight Championship from Gage. This would mark his second reign as CZW World Heavyweight champion, which would last another similar six months. Ironically, at the CZW 12th Anniversary show held on February 12, 2011 (the same event held a year earlier where Moxley won his first CZW World title), Moxley lost the CZW World Heavyweight Championship to Robert Anthony. This would be the final time he’d hold CZW’s most prized title.
Although, around the same time in 2010 as he was the reigning HWA Heavyweight Champion and CZW World heavyweight Champion, “The Street Dog” ventured to Insanity Pro Wrestling in a hunt for their coveted IPW World Heavyweight Championship. He would further round out his collection of world titles with the winning of said championship in March of 2010. This would mark his fifth world championship win, across four years and three different companies. Mox would go on to hold the IPW World Heavyweight Championship for almost a full calendar year before he lost it on January 1, 2011, to Jimmy Jacobs (who he had been feuding with all along) in a dog collar match after the referee was forced to stop the bout.
During his time in Full Impact Pro, Moxley would defeat Roderick Strong to win the vacant FIP World Heavyweight Championship on April 17, 2010. So, let’s get this straight. In 2010, Jon Moxley was HWA Heavyweight Champion, CZW World Heavyweight Champion, IPW World Heavyweight Champion, and FIP World Heavyweight Champion simultaneously for a few months is 2010… All by age twenty-five! It’s pretty crazy to think about. Nonetheless, Mox would vacate his final independent world title, the FIP World Heavyweight Championship, with his signing of a developmental deal with the WWE, as a part of their Florida Championship Wrestling brand.
The King of the Indies headed for bigger and better things, leaving quite a path of great conquest in his wake, and the rest is really history. In five years, he had been a world champion a total of seven times for four different promotions across the United States. 2010 was easily the most predominant of the lot, with a total of five of the seven reigns being held in that year. So, now lets fast forward to today. Dean is no stranger to being the man for the company he represents and has been atop several mountains before he was able to conquer the big one at WWE Money In The Bank this past June. Though the climb was a time-consuming and treacherous one filled with road block after road block and betrayal after betrayal, our man was finally able to get the job done… And how sweet of a job he did. He has ascended the greatest mountain of them all, and stands atop it tall.
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