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SmackDown 15/02/26: Dean Ambrose hopefully is part of a persiflage by WWE on WWE itself -OR- The wee bits of everyday racism in WWE summarized by R-Truth

If WWE meant their treatment of the Intercontinental title as a persiflage of their own recent bookings of the very title, then well done so far. But we will only really know when WrestleMania 31 is done and dusted. Until then I think it was just another stupid booking to make Dean Ambrose look ridiculous. And this way it wasn’t even funny – and kinda racist.

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RAW 15/02/23: Dean Ambrose gets far more time in dark matches and post show promos than on the actual show

Dean Ambrose having stolen the Intercontinental championship belt from Wade Barrett on FastLane could have been the upbeat to a really fun chase between these two, culminating in a great one-on-one match at WrestleMania. But naturally the WWE had other plans. Or do they actually have a plan?

"I try to do things on the up and up. I climb the mountain on hands knees step by step. And every time I get a few steps up I slide a few steps down. See, things are getting really confusing in WWE these days. Get The Authority making matches, you got non-title matches, you got people running in in other people's matches, sticking their nose in other peoples' business, I'm getting DQd every two seconds 'cause I can't follow the rules! It's a lot to handle. So I’m gonna dumb things down real, real low for everybody. I wanted the Intercontinental championship, so I took it. It's mine now. I am the Intercontinental champion. Bad News Barrett could have been a great Intercontinental champion. Bad News Barrett is one of the toughest guys in this industry if he'd get his head out off his own butt. Now he's too busy playing wrestler. Little bit of money, little bit of gold makes you soft. Around Bad News Barrett's waist this is paper. This ain't paper. This is my title. This is my title. And I'm gonna make things real simple and easy to understand for everybody. If you want this, come and get it!" --DEAN AMBROSE.

“I try to do things on the up and up. I climb the mountain on hands knees step by step. And every time I get a few steps up I slide a few steps down. See, things are getting really confusing in WWE these days. Get The Authority making matches, you got non-title matches, you got people running in in other people’s matches, sticking their nose in other peoples’ business, I’m getting DQd every two seconds ’cause I can’t follow the rules! It’s a lot to handle. So I’m gonna dumb things down real, real low for everybody. I wanted the Intercontinental championship, so I took it. It’s mine now. I am the Intercontinental champion. Bad News Barrett could have been a great Intercontinental champion. Bad News Barrett is one of the toughest guys in this industry if he’d get his head out off his own butt. Now he’s too busy playing wrestler. Little bit of money, little bit of gold makes you soft. Around Bad News Barrett’s waist this is paper. This ain’t paper. This is my title. This is my title. And I’m gonna make things real simple and easy to understand for everybody. If you want this, come and get it!” –DEAN AMBROSE.


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FastLane 15/02/22: Dean Ambrose loses at another Pay-Per-View and I’m wondering if that’s his new gimmick

WWE hypes and teases Dean Ambrose as the new Intercontinental champion in the pre-show to FastLane just to make him lose again because of his temper. This has become an annoying pattern. And the fun part of him stealing the belt from Wade Barrett doesn’t make up for the foul booking.

"The Intercontinental Championship isn't looked at the same way it was when I was a kid. It used to be the championship that guys like Ricky Steamboat, Mr. Perfect, Brett Hart held – Macho Man Randy Savage, going into the Hall of Fame this year. These were guys that went out there every night and delivered every bit of their mind, body, and soul, and left it all in the ring. You know, that was like the workhorse championship. It used to be a stepping stone to greater things, to the World Championship. I'm the real thing, and I'm the kind of guy who should be holding the Intercontinental Championship. I been out here getting pounded on every night, and taking risks that most guys will never be willing to take every single night. Even in The Shield – with my best friend Roman Reigns – you know, I was like the goon doing all the dirty work and a lot of times he was the one getting all the glory. And, uh, there's no sour grapes there – he's my best friend – but, you know, sometimes it's nice to be put in a position, like I'll be at FastLane, where, you know, I can take home the gold. (...) This is the time of year where, you know, it's playoff season. You start to gear up and work out just a little bit – that much harder, and everything just gets intensified. And, you know, it’s the time of year where you don't make mistakes. I don't believe that the championship make the guy. I believe the guy makes the championship. There hasn't been a guy who's wanted to make that championship in a long time. It's a reward to be able to say I'm WWE Intercontinental Champion because what that's meant in the past, and what that can mean in the future. I'm gonna bust Wade Barrett up. I'm gonna beat Wade Barrett. I'm gonna win the Intercontinental Championship. I'm gonna bring that championship back to where it belongs – back to prominence. I'm gonna take it to WrestleMania, and I'm gonna take that championship to heights it ain't ever been." --DEAN AMBROSE.

“The Intercontinental Championship isn’t looked at the same way it was when I was a kid. It used to be the championship that guys like Ricky Steamboat, Mr. Perfect, Brett Hart held – Macho Man Randy Savage, going into the Hall of Fame this year. These were guys that went out there every night and delivered every bit of their mind, body, and soul, and left it all in the ring. You know, that was like the workhorse championship. It used to be a stepping stone to greater things, to the World Championship. I’m the real thing, and I’m the kind of guy who should be holding the Intercontinental Championship. I been out here getting pounded on every night, and taking risks that most guys will never be willing to take every single night. Even in The Shield – with my best friend Roman Reigns – you know, I was like the goon doing all the dirty work and a lot of times he was the one getting all the glory. And, uh, there’s no sour grapes there – he’s my best friend – but, you know, sometimes it’s nice to be put in a position, like I’ll be at FastLane, where, you know, I can take home the gold. (…) This is the time of year where, you know, it’s playoff season. You start to gear up and work out just a little bit – that much harder, and everything just gets intensified. And, you know, it’s the time of year where you don’t make mistakes. I don’t believe that the championship make the guy. I believe the guy makes the championship. There hasn’t been a guy who’s wanted to make that championship in a long time. It’s a reward to be able to say I’m WWE Intercontinental Champion because what that’s meant in the past, and what that can mean in the future. I’m gonna bust Wade Barrett up. I’m gonna beat Wade Barrett. I’m gonna win the Intercontinental Championship. I’m gonna bring that championship back to where it belongs – back to prominence. I’m gonna take it to WrestleMania, and I’m gonna take that championship to heights it ain’t ever been.” –DEAN AMBROSE.


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SmackDown 15/02/19: Dean Ambrose is finally back on commentary and it was hilarious

A special Dean Ambrose segment needs a special review in here. So be prepared for the words only – nothing but the words – just the words. Make yourself comfortable, get some cookies and enjoy.

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NXT 15/02/18: William Regal makes sure that everyone notices that he’s The Godfather of NXT

There certainly is a new era in NXT: old faces are gone while new ones just came in. And William Regal made sure that everyone is just as excited as he is. The question is: will there be another champion apart from Kevin Owens in this era?

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. After the most exciting and shocking event in NXT history, at NXT TakeOver: Rival, we crowned a new NXT champion in Kevin Owens. Now, let me make this perfectly clear, here in NXT a championship can change hands by pinfall, submission or ref stoppage due to a knockout. Now Mr. Owens may think that he has the right to do whatever on Earth he wants to do, but the reality is, he doesn't. Mr. Owens claims to be a prizefighter – someone who only fights for money. And I hate to be the one to burst Mr. Owens's bubble, but he doesn't make the rules here. I do. So tonight, Kevin Owens will face Adrian Neville in a non-title match. Now, Adrian Neville hasn't earned the right for a championship rematch, but he has earned the right for a rematch against the man who sent him to hospital several months ago. It's a new era on NXT, and it begins right now." --WILLIAM REGAL.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. After the most exciting and shocking event in NXT history, at NXT TakeOver: Rival, we crowned a new NXT champion in Kevin Owens. Now, let me make this perfectly clear, here in NXT a championship can change hands by pinfall, submission or ref stoppage due to a knockout. Now Mr. Owens may think that he has the right to do whatever on Earth he wants to do, but the reality is, he doesn’t. Mr. Owens claims to be a prizefighter – someone who only fights for money. And I hate to be the one to burst Mr. Owens’s bubble, but he doesn’t make the rules here. I do. So tonight, Kevin Owens will face Adrian Neville in a non-title match. Now, Adrian Neville hasn’t earned the right for a championship rematch, but he has earned the right for a rematch against the man who sent him to hospital several months ago. It’s a new era on NXT, and it begins right now.” –WILLIAM REGAL.


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RAW 15/02/16: Dean Ambrose explains Wade Barrett in his own special way why it’s not that bad to be crazy

There was variation. It was funny but not foolish. And there was actually a good, long match again. Looks like Dean Ambrose – for once – is able to use his crazy gimmick for something not that crazy.

"This just in: Bad News Barrett keeps ducking Dean Ambrose's challenge for an Intercontinental title match. Sources say Ambrose has already defeated one former Intercontinental champion last week in Curtis Axel and reportedly is going to defeat another former Intercontinental champion, Luke Harper, tonight. In other related news tonight Bad News Barrett will sign this contract to face Dean Ambrose at WWE FastLane for the Intercontinental championship, whether he likes it or not. To see this historic signing transpire, stay tuned. Back to you, Carlos." --DEAN AMBROSE.

“This just in: Bad News Barrett keeps ducking Dean Ambrose’s challenge for an Intercontinental title match. Sources say Ambrose has already defeated one former Intercontinental champion last week in Curtis Axel and reportedly is going to defeat another former Intercontinental champion, Luke Harper, tonight. In other related news tonight Bad News Barrett will sign this contract to face Dean Ambrose at WWE FastLane for the Intercontinental championship, whether he likes it or not. To see this historic signing transpire, stay tuned. Back to you, Carlos.” –DEAN AMBROSE.


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NXT TakeOver: Rival 15/02/11: This is wrestling

We already knew that the special NXT events are indeed always special. But every other time all the wrestlers involved are even able to top themselves from the previous event. And they easily put every WWE Pay-Per-View into a dark corner of shame. The time for cheap talk is over. These shows are wrestling shows and that’s what’s best for business.

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