Usually I watch the Pay-Per-Views live and the whole show of it. But this time I was busy elsewhere, just followed the show on the WWE app and tuned in only for the main event that was the Table, Ladders & Chairs match between Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt. But from what I’ve noticed on Twitter, I haven’t missed much.
If only Bray Wyatt had contributed a bit more to that match
Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt right from the beginning of their match had a rather tough task to fulfill. The best match so far had been Luke Harper vs Dolph Ziggler and that happened right at the beginning of Tables, Ladders & Chairs. From there on it was a hard and painful path to the main event. From what I’ve read. People like to moan and complain about things. And they love to exaggerate things they don’t like to the even worse; and they love to exaggerate things they do like to the even better. But I wasn’t really interested to watch the rest of TLC one day later, so like it’s already a good, auld tradition, I will only write about this main event.
The funny thing about that happened even before it started. “Funny” spoken in a quite ironic way. Because when Super Cena and Seth Rollins made their way out inside the ring, it was only midway through the show and people almost freaked out because Super Cena wasn’t the main event. I really don’t get it anymore. People complain when Super Cena is in the main event. And they complain when he isn’t in the main event. Like I said before: people just love to complain. For me it was pretty clear even days before, right after Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt at Survivor Series to be precise that both men would main event TLC. Because this very match was announced right after Dean Ambrose freaked out with said tables, ladders and chair to cost himself the victory over Bray Wyatt. What else would you expect to main event a Pay-Per-View called Tables, Ladders & Chairs than a match that involves tables, ladders and chairs in contrary to only tables, only ladders or only chairs? Really, people, any argument will help me understand your logic. So, keep it coming, please. You know where you can write me your comments and thoughts. Thanks in advance.
Now for the actual match and some facts first: the match between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt lasted for almost exactly 27 minutes. That’s quite impressive and I enjoyed the most part of it. But it wasn’t really a match. It was more of a one-man show by Dean Ambrose with a few punches by Bray Wyatt here and there. And we got a similar finish to this: Dean Ambrose basically loses because he doesn’t know how to deal with electronics. I also stopped time to have a legitimate point about the contribution of Bray Wyatt to this match. I counted all spots he had some momentum over Dean Ambrose, decided pace and moves etc. And from these 27 minutes Bray Wyatt only had 5:47 minutes of decent time being superior over Dean Ambrose. There were also some pauses into the match, notably the three times after Dean Ambrose jumped on Bray Wyatt from the top of an every time higher ladder. Recollection during the end of the match was also longer but then cameras almost every time were on Dean Ambrose, so you wouldn’t miss him pulling out funny faces and his thinking process.
So, I already said that I liked most of the match. What I didn’t like was the fact that Dean Ambrose once again had to carry this fight only to lose a stupid loss at the end. He basically beat himself. It’s heel behaviour to cheat and to get victories with interferences or hits with objects when the referee doesn’t pay attention for a moment. But at least the heel has to appear just a little like he was a worthy opponent. For weeks I read now up and down the internet that Bray Wyatt apparently is built into a top heel, into someone who could possibly face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Well, I don’t know about you people who are reading this right now. I always read about Bray Wyatt needing this win at Survivor Series and he also apparently needed the win at TLC. At least he has to put on a show for it. Just a little one. Slightly appearing as someone who is able to compete and be interesting to watch. Apart from his impressive finisher, what moves beside punching does Bray Wyatt have?
And why didn’t Dean Ambrose need theses wins or at least one of them? And the way he lost added to my feeling that he not only just doesn’t care about wins but that he’s also too stupid to get a win. It’s something slightly similar with the Sami Zayn character on NXT despite the fact that Sami Zayn just had moral issues. People could cheat wins over him because Sami Zayn cared about his opponents and their well-being. And he finally won the big one at NXT TakeOver [R]Evolution not because he threw his moral issues over board but because he kept them intact. This is decent character and story building. I just can’t see how Dean Ambrose could overcome his own issues and finally get a win at a Pay-Per-View when he simply doesn’t care about the finish of a match.
Don’t get me wrong. I like his current matches. I just don’t like the way Dean Ambrose peu à peu is made into a dumb ass who is too stupid to handle technology or who has to cut childish promos because Vince McMahon thinks it’s a great idea to entertain the 5-year-olds in the audience. People once compared Dean Ambrose with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Well, currently Dean Ambrose is the Stone Cold Steve Austin for the 5-year-olds. And I want this to stop. PG doesn’t mean you only have to care about the 5-year-olds. They can have The New Day or Big Show. Dean Ambrose is a character made for at least the 16-year-olds. And I sincerely hope that he’ll be back there very soon.
Laughs, wet kisses & some jumps from high ladders – Dean Ambrose and his idea of an entertaining night out
Now, what you have already witnessed in the Gifs are some of my favourite moments of this match. And there were quite some of them: Dean Ambrose not only throwing around wet kisses, he also kissed Bray Wyatt onto his forehead but Bray Wyatt didn’t like that and headbutted Dean Ambrose back just for him to throw out a few punches. Then, of course, Dean Ambrose’s jumps from three ladders, through the ropes, from a ladder laying on the ropes and from the ropes themselves. Or Dean Ambrose interacting with the audience when he told them that he wasn’t able to carry around the biggest ladder. Now, since it was a tables, ladders & chairs match, also tables and chairs had to be involved. Bray Wyatt three times was on the receiving end of crashing through three tables because of Dean Ambrose jumping from these ladders. Dean Ambrose “only” crashed through one table, the one he even prepared himself. Also Kendo sticks played a huge part, so technical wrestling wasn’t much needed for this encounter.
Dean Ambrose & technology is a special chapter on its own
So, throughout the match Dean Ambrose was all cocky, but also well-behaved when he asked the Spanish commentators politely to move away from their announcers table, so he could elbow drop himself on Bray Wyatt from the third and highest ladder. Dean Ambrose basically had a real good time. Well, until the very finish I have already spoken about a little. It was also one of the few times that someone was able to survive Dean Ambrose’s finisher, the Dirty Deeds. Dean Ambrose also survived Sister Abigail one time and then had this glorious idea with the TV screen or tablet or whatever similar it was he had previously found under the ring. At first, Dean Ambrose had used it to admire himself like Tyler Breeze does so with his cell phone. But he also got reminded about the big ladders. And that’s why this screen was on hand for the finish.
And now we come to the explanation of the headline to this review. What did I actually mean with it? Comparing this match between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt with a fight between NXT and WWE. Well, it’s quite easy when you think about it: Dean Ambrose representing NXT – great fighting style, highly entertaining. Bray Wyatt representing WWE – boring in-ring style and no contribution to the storyline whatsoever. Now, we probably all agree that NXT TakeOver [R]Evolution was far better than TLC and so are there other shows as well. But still NXT is meant as the developmental area to WWE, still the little brother who just became a grown-up but needs to get pushed back into its original place. Maybe that’s why SmackDown is moved back to Thursdays. I wonder when NXT shows will be aired from the 15th January 2015. Or will Vince McMahon pull the plug because NXT has become too big and puts WWE already in its place? That’s what I meant with the analogy. And as less sense the whole set-up made, when you see it as a warning by Vince McMahon, it suddenly makes perfect sense: Don’t be better than WWE, then you have a chance to keep your talent and still being aired on live television. Otherwise we’ll get your creative team and send ours to Florida.