Dean Ambrose

[The Gif was brought to you by cherrypie-yeahh] || WWE announcers JBL and Michael Cole were clearly confused about all the injuries of the three Shield guys they had to sell on SmackDown. The first match was the re-match for the United States Championship between Sheamus and Dean Ambrose. And from the beginning Michael Cole was referring to a left shoulder injury Dean Ambrose had been supposedly suffered during The Shield’s humiliation by The Evolution on latest RAW. The only problem was that DA himself wasn’t selling this shoulder “injury” but his actual waist injury. It was only made visible when Sheamus pulled the shirt over Dean’s head for his Bodhran beats on Dean’s chest. And Michael Cole was like “Whoops, there might be probably an actual waist injury (damn shirt, so I couldn’t see this taping!)”.


The first video shows you all three singles matches of The Shield: Sheamus vs Dean Ambrose [10:20min]; Roman Reigns vs. Mark Henry [3:47min]; Batista vs. Seth Rollins [8:56min]. The second video is the action between Sheamus and DA during the commercial break.

Dean Ambrose It wasn’t very surprising that DA had to lose against Sheamus. It also wasn’t surprising that he was beaten clear, so Sheamus could appear like the new strong and deserved champion. BUT: this match is already one of my favourite singles matches of DA. And I’m really glad that he wasn’t just destroyed like Seth Rollins later on but could actually put on a good fight. Certainly he had to because the stronger your opponent is the stronger appears the actual winner. So, it was a great match: fast and powerful with a lot of great DA selling moments. And I think he finally has found the right balance in his selling. In the past there were some moments when he probably exaggerated his selling a bit. So, because it was a bit too much you could always see that it’s just fake. Now in some matches I’m not really sure if he still sells or if he’s hurt for real. And that is the best he can do: the audience know that most injuries aren’t real but when you don’t know anymore you really get into one match and you forget for a couple of minutes that it’s just damn good acting.

Dean Ambrose Adding to this, when it comes to Sheamus I always see shades of William Regal in his performance, so him against DA is always something special. Plus: Sheamus needed two Brogue Kicks at the end to get the win over Dean which obviously also makes Dean a great and hard to “kill” opponent. Great, great match. One match I most certainly will watch for a couple of times. [The Gifs again were made by cherrypie-yeahh].

Unfortunately for the whole episode of SmackDown that was already the best match. It was a slow downfall I have to admit, some fun moments still to happen but nothing else really memorable for me.

  1. After another commercial break we’ve already seen Paul Heyman being on commentary to talk about the Undertaker and Brrrock Lesnarrr while Cesaro was standing right beside him to wait for his tag team partner Wade Barrett. The both of them had a very short match of not even three minutes to win over RVD & Big E. Best moment here again: Wade Barrett’s entrance and his bad news on Big E and the audience. I also love him mocking the RVD gesture with his similar BNB gesture. Otherwise Cesaro was very pale and there wasn’t any connection with him and Wade Barrett at all. At the end Cesaro won it over Big E with the Neutralizer but instead celebrating with Wade Barrett he ran over to Paul Heyman like some twink to his daddy. That’s slightly too much dedication and subservient love shown by Cesaro for my liking. Hope we won’t see a Cesaro / Barrett tag team match ever again. It’s horrible, really.
  2. The most memorable fact about the next match was that Alexandr Rusev apparently has lost his forename. Because Lana was only referring on him as “Rusev”. So, when (Antonio) Cesaro lost his forename the argument was that “Antonio” sounded to soft for a powerful wrestler like Cesaro. But this argument can’t be told for “Alexander”. Maybe “Rusev” alone sounds even more destructive, I don’t know. Name or not, in his matches “Rusev” also has got some fun moments and I’d really like to see him in matches longer than two minutes. Because unlike Roman Reigns I think he can also make longer matches look interesting and entertaining. For now, since he’s still in his starting phase, he has got to get short, clean wins like this one against Kofi Kingston. Kofi did actually have some good moments as well – high-flying kicks and all, and Rusev sold them like some huge monster. But in the end it wasn’t too hard for Rusev to get another submission win over Kofi.
  3. Another promo by Bray Wyatt on Super Cena.
  4. And SmackDown wasn’t SmackDown recently if we wouldn’t get another Fandango w/ Layla vs. Santino w/ Emma mixed tag team match. Two minutes of mid-card action, Emma tried to cobra bite Layla (argh!); Emma was distracted; Layla got the win over Emma; Layla and Fandango made out on the ramp while Emma and Santino mocking them from ringside. For how long do we have to stand this? Until a foursome will happen inside the ring? If some WWE creative reads this: NO, I DON’T WANT TO SEE THIS!
  5. Roman Reigns vs. Mark Henry was up next. Mark Henry really tried his best to be all evil and talkative on Reigns. And Reigns tried to sell being hurt and injured. It’s just not at all believable when your face features just one expression all the time. And all of a sudden you are able to run around inside the ring and even Samoa drop Mark Henry, and Superman punch Henry for the win after not even four minutes. It’s not at all believable but JBL and Cole were still selling it as “powerful” and whatever. But the hurting truth is that this match was slow and lame like hell.
  6. Surprisingly real fun again was the next match between Los Matadores w/ El Torito and 3MB w/ Hornswoggle. First El Torito and Hornswoggle hyped each other from ringside and when they finally made it inside the ring against each other a really good comedy show broke free. At the end El Torito got the win over Heath Slater, and the feud is still ongoing.
  7. Unlike Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins had to take much against Batista. At the end of their match he finally showed some good moves but the most part of the match it was all about Batista destroying Rollins. Perhaps to promote himself as the powerful and destroying force for his upcoming (?) movie. But it was helpful for me to finally get what I miss about Seth Rollins. He sells great with his body and he is a believable victim on that department. But unfortunately he doesn’t sell much with facial expressions. Sometimes I have this strange impression that his body and face don’t really belong to each other. But his last move from the top rope outside the ring when Batista made him fall face first on the announce table was a bit too much believable. It really looked nasty. And because of that Batista won the match via count-out. Later on Batista still had to perform his Batista Bomb on Rollins inside the ring.
  8. And finally, the so-called “main event”, was a tag team match between The Wyatt Family and The Usos & Super Cena. Luke Harper won it for the Wyatts over one Uso.
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