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.
Something I hoped for: Dean Ambrose has got his very own news show as well
First of all: now this is how to use Dean Ambrose’s crazy gimmick to its full potential. There is still room for improvement on the creative front but it’s something that it wasn’t too silly and actually played with the advantage you can have as a crazy person over a sane one. Also: look, creative, what happens when you stick two characters into a feud with a completely different gimmick? Surprise, it actually works! I never was a fan of the Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt feud, mostly because of “who’s the craziest on the planet” gimmick to this one. It was just stupid, especially at the very end.
Now, the Dean Ambrose vs Wade Barrett feud is completely different because one one side we have the sane, intellectual person in Wade Barrett who just plainly refuse to put his Intercontinental title on the line for a match against Dean Ambrose, because he thinks that he’s too crazy to deserve this title opportunity. And then we have Dean Ambrose, who doesn’t care at all and just wants it even more when he’s rejected. And he always gets what he wants. So, it wasn’t really a question if this match would take place at FastLane; it was just a question how it would happen. Wade Barrett certainly wasn’t about to give in, so Dean Ambrose had to do something himself to get this match. And – like I already said – he would use craziness to his advantage over the sane Barrett.
And Dean Ambrose started with his plan right at the beginning of RAW when he sat there in his borrowed formal and not at all fitting clothes, announcing some news in the style of the Bad News Zone to not only mock Wade Barrett but also to play a bit of Nostradamus. He announced that he would beat another former Intercontinental champion – and this match was up next – and that Wade Barrett would sign the contract – if he likes it or not.
Dean Ambrose actually is Nostradamus
For the match itself Luke Harper was already in the ring and Dean Ambrose came out with his contract in hand. I’m still not sure why he actually had it with him when he didn’t demand Wade Barrett’s present after the match. Maybe just to make the audience not forget about the contract. I don’t know. But that was actually the weak spot of Dean Ambrose’s appearance on Monday. Everything else was gold.
Matches between Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper are always great: two former Indie hardcore wrestlers giving their all with facial expressions, pace and great moves. And all this within a decent amount of time with around twelve minutes (including one commercial break). And in the end Dean Ambrose was right with his first prognosis because he indeed won with Dirty Deeds to stand tall in the ring. He almost forgot his contract to take back with him again from the announcers table. So, this sheet of paper would have to be the centre piece of subject later in the show.
Wade Barrett doesn’t have much time to celebrate his win over Damien Sandow
It’s not always that I like it when two feuds kind of merge into one another. But the way this here was played was real fun and the tension on both sides was quite visible. So, for his own match, Wade Barrett had to fight Damien Sandow a.k.a Damien Mizdow or – as of late – just Mizdow. The Miz, of course, was on ringside to watch with interest. And right when Damien Sandow hit one move of The Miz on Wade Barrett and kind of was on the victory lane, The Miz grabbed a bell, rang it and demanded from Damien Sandow to fulfill his real duties as a personal assistant. But it turned out that he just wanted to distract him, so he wouldn’t get the win. Because in the meantime Wade Barrett had prepared for his Bullhammer and that finally brought him the win against Damien Sandow. So, The Miz gets more and more jealous of his servant that will finally lead to a break-up. Maybe Damien Sandow vs The Miz is in line for WrestleMania 31 – not main event material certainly but it could be a real fun match and I’m looking forward to it.
As for Wade Barrett, he still had to stand the full potential of Dean Ambrose’s craziness that followed right after his win. The Miz was almost blown away by Dean Ambrose who rushed into the ring, dropping his contract down on the canvas while still making his way towards his rival. One clothesline and a shove into one ring corner later, a hurt Wade Barrett was only able to watch his hands being fixed around one steel post. What happened next you can watch in the video or in this fabulous Gif-set:
Like I already said: it’s good to see craziness actually being showed as an advantage this time: Wade Barrett felt save but was kind of rolled over with a bulldozer with something he couldn’t think of would happen because a sane mind will always be narrow minded when it comes to things like that. I’m still a bit uncertain about the actual outcome of that match at FastLane. I’m almost sure that we will see this match again at WrestleMania but under which circumstances? If Dean Ambrose actually wins the Intercontinental title at FastLane Wade Barrett has got an automatic re-match. So, this is the easy way. But I’m almost sure that WWE will go the hard way: Dean Ambrose loses a Pay-Per-View match again and then has got a hard way to get another chance for WrestleMania where he will finally get that belt. I already love this feud and I can only imagine how fun this road to WrestleMania could be for Dean Ambrose. At least there is something positive about him being in mid-card now: he doesn’t have to fight Kane and Big Show every other week.
A few other things that got my attention
Staying with the Dean Ambrose vs Wade Barrett feud there are really people complain about it. And their point is that they are angry about Wade Barrett “jobbing” to Dean Ambrose. Well, seriously? Wade Barrett is five years older than Dean Ambrose, he is the five time Intercontinental champion and in WWE since 2010. It’s not like he’s buried immediately he faces Dean Ambrose in a feud. I’ve also heard people complain about Dean Ambrose would bury Curtis Axel when he had faced him for these easy two wins. Like Curtis Axel, the man that hasn’t got any charisma whatsoever? I laughed about this then. But the recent complains are just ridiculous. After all Dean Ambrose went through on TV since the break-up of The Shield, he certainly deserves something for himself, don’t you think? Not to forget: he only got his second run with Seth Rollins after he came back from filming “Lockdown” because the golden boy Roman Reigns got injured.
Speaking of The Shield, the release of the “Destruction of The Shield” DVD was yesterday but only in the US. So, I will certainly write a detailed review about it but only after 09 March when the DVD will be released in Europe. I’ll get it from Great Britain, so it will take another two or three days until I finally get it. I also had to order the Blue-ray version because the additional stuff I thought wasn’t that important for me changed at last minute. From what I read the deleted scenes from the Dean Ambrose vs William Regal feud will only be available on the Blue-ray, so I had to get this one. I still don’t have a Blue-ray player, so I’ve still got two weeks now to get one.
Robbie Brookside was on RAW! Basically the other half of William Regal and there were quite a few people who confused him with William Regal because the two of them look so alike these days.