Dean Ambrose is going to be a movie-star +++ This is awesome +++ Seth Rollins breaks Dean Ambrose’s heart +++ Kane knows what’s best for business +++ Eva Marie loses some extensions +++ Bo Dallas is inspirational at making excuses +++ Roman Reigns apparently has a weak spot
Dean Ambrose is going to be a movie-star
First of all, I have to talk about something else than SmackDown because today it was made public that Dean Ambrose will be starring in the next WWE movie “Lockdown” (how fitting!). He’s never done a movie but still get the main role. Very much deserved, of course, because you can judge every week that he’s brilliant in acting and talking and moving and – most important – make people believe that it’s real what he is doing. Just to keep it as narrow as possible to my very own diary of events around Dean Ambrose and for documentation reasons, I’ll put the announcement in here:
“Lockdown” will become the second action film that WWE Studios and Lionsgate will co-produce and release through their “six-pack” movie deal.
WWE star Jonathan Good, known in the ring as Dean Ambrose, will headline the film, to be directed by Stephen Reynolds (“Tomb Raider: Ascension”). Production starts this month.
Good, who made his debut on WWE’s main roster in 2012, has generated a major fan following after breaking out as a member of the group The Shield, and quickly proved his abilities on the mic and in story lines in and outside of the ring. WWE is now betting that he may be able to cross over into films, as well. “Lockdown” will be his first starring role in a movie.
Written by Nathan Brooks and Bobby Lee Darby (“See No Evil 2″), “Lockdown” follows a police officer who finds himself trapped inside his own precinct and hunted after crooked cops stop at nothing to recover incriminating evidence of illegal activities against those closest to him.
“Lockdown will continue to energize and excite with the high level of adrenaline our fans have come to expect from our films,” said WWE Studios president Michael Luisi.
Maybe I’ll open a new page in here to document and collect all things about the movie but I’m not sure yet, since this information was only made public today. What is important is that Dean Ambrose will most certainly be away from WWE from 19 August to 21 September. What does that mean for his feud with Seth Rollins? Will he get a clean win at SummerSlam to get satisfaction and finish the feud? Or will he lose, get insane about it and him being away for a whole month will be explained as him being finally locked in an asylum. Then he comes back and goes straight for Seth Rollins again to get his re-match. Both scenarios are very likely to happen. And I’d guess that WWE goes for the second one because Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins simply is best for business.
This is awesome
But now for the very event of this week’s SmackDown, the last WWE show before SummerSlam. It kicked of with the man himself: Dean Ambrose. And he got another fight against Cesaro. Always great to see these two against each other inside the ring. And even better to hear chants like “Lets go, Ambrose!” and “This is awesome!” And it was. Well, not for Cesaro’s entrance theme because this is still abused with these ambulance siren. But everything else was just great. Well, I could have lived on without JBL’s commentary but apart from this, everything was fabulous.
At times, Dean Ambrose’s selling was that great that I needed to look twice or wait a second until he made his next step to be sure that everything would be alright. Especially, his selling from the uppercut later in the match was just brilliant. I guess, in this movie, he’ll like to do all stunts by himself. Without a doubt, the most enjoyable moment of this match was Dean Ambrose biting Cesaro into his nose. Also great again: Charles Robinson as the referee. His facial expressions are almost as good as the ones by Dean Ambrose.
After just over ten minutes, the finish came very fast with Dirty Deeds coming out of nowhere to bring Dean Ambrose his win. It’s great to see this kind of variation, also with the Tornado DDT and the Pendulum Lariat. But Dean Ambrose couldn’t celebrate for a very long time again because he was interrupted by…
Seth Rollins breaks Dean Ambrose’s heart
… Seth Rollins, of course. You may have already read his promo that followed after the match. So, there is no need to talk about in length. Just some tiny interpretation maybe. This “locked away” snipped might have been a tiny off-character to show appreciation for Dean Ambrose’s movie appearance. Both men had a knowingly smile around their lips, so that might have been the case. The last statement, of course, was very much into character again. And it changed Dean Ambrose’s mood instantly, from being cocky and amused by the taunts, he now took these last words really to heart. It was the reaction of a betrayed and ashamed man who now really wants revenge. Because this slight glimmer of hope and love now turned into pure hate. That can’t be something, Seth Rollins was really hoping to get.
Kane knows what’s best for business
With the next segment, we went from the highest height to the lowest depth: Mizzz TV. At least, I liked Roman Reigns for once in here. Because he was the guest and because he was always interrupted by the host himself, Mizzz, he punched him into his so-called Moneymaker. I still don’t know any of his supposed Hollywood blockbusters, not even by name.
Up next was seen Mizzz backstage to meet up with Kane. Mizzz tried to explain himself but again was only concerned about his poor face. His mantra once again was:
“This face is how I make millions…
puke / vomit / cry / scream / laugh / …
(just choose your preferred finish of this clearly not finished sentence).
Just, Kane didn’t want to know anything about that but put Mizzz into the main event match against Roman Reigns later on. I guess, WWE now has got figured it out to make Reigns popular also with the people still in doubt. Could also be an indicator that Reigns will go after the Intercontinental Championship after SummerSlam and will then finally take it off from Mizzz. Then, Wade Barrett comes back and we will get Wade Warrett vs Roman Reigns for the very title.
But speaking of the Intercontinental Championship, Dolph Ziggler had a match up next against Titus O’Neil. Heath Slater was at ringside to give out good (or bad) advice to his partner Titus O’Neil. The Gator indeed dominated for most of the three minutes, but in the end Dolph Ziggler got the win. Some arguing by Heath Slater to Titus O’Neil inside the ring followed.
Eva Marie loses some extensions
Up next was a match, I was quite enthusiastic for: Mark Henry vs Luke Harper. Certainly, Big Show on Henry’s side and Erick Rowan on Harper’s side were also there. And it was Rowan who interfered after just three minutes for the win to Mark Henry. Only on the app we could see that Corporate Kane made up a tag team match between all four guys – probably for his very own amusement. And after another six minutes, Big Show got the win with nice team work by him and Mark Henry.
A very short match of AJ Lee vs Eva Marie happened afterwards. Within two minutes, Eva Marie lost some of her red extensions; AJ Lee played with them; Paige came out to distract AJ Lee with starting skipping around the ring; AJ Lee instantly jumped on her to beat her up. But then she lost the connection to the real match that was going on and Eva Marie won the match via 10-count-out.
Bo Dallas is inspirational at making excuses
And an even shorter match of just 49 seconds was up next: Bo Dallas had to lose against Jack Swagger via tap-out from the Patriot Lock. But speaking on the app he had a great excuse: he just tried to make it to the ropes, but the referee read the scene differently. Bo Dallas is a master to bolying to himself. On the regular show again, Lana and Rusev came out, so Lana could explain the flag match stipulation: whoever puts his flag on the supposed spot, will be the winner.
Roman Reigns apparently has a weak spot
I usually don’t write about promotions any more, but the next one was interesting: Damien Sandow as his old intellectual snob / bastard gimmick. He wasn’t at this SmackDown, maybe he comes back at coming RAW with his old gimmick. That would be really great. And I can’t wait for it. Especially when Dean Ambrose is now supposedly out for at least one month.
And now some words about the main event match between Roman Reigns and Mizzz. It started very slowly with Reigns full of confidence and basically mocking Mizzz with his facial expressions. And Mizzz was just too concerned about his face to make this an actual competition. Reigns wanted to punch him in the face; Mizzz tried to escape from this possibility. But when he was supposed to flee the scene, i.e. the ring up onto the ramp, Dolph Ziggler appeared exactly there. And Reigns could hit his Superman Punch. Seconds later, Mizzz also had to eat the Spear from Reigns back in the ring again. And with that, Reigns got the win after exactly seven minutes.