Maybe there will be a time when Dean Ambrose will be booked to his potential. But April 2015 was his low point so far in his WWE career. That’s exactly why I stopped watching WWE shows. Because they want certain wrestlers to be liked and they try with shoving them down our throats with four+ segments per show. I only started watching Dean Ambrose’s segments from April 2015 today. And this is my summary of it.
SmackDown | 02 April 2015: The booking of Dean Ambrose stinks
Vince McMahon definitely had a blast writing the happenings that led to the match between Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper. Because it was another toilet “joke”. Seth Rollins was rambling with Kane backstage when Rollins noticed that the office stinks. Rollins went off in disgust; enter Dean Ambrose after the spectator listened to a toilet flush. I laughed my ass off. Funniest scene I’ve ever watched in WWE.
No. Of course not! Please, Mr. McMahon, do yourself a favour and stop trying to include funny segments. Because these “jokes” only amuse the 5-year-olds. If that’s your prime target, fabulous, you hit the nail on the head. But if your main target is still Emperor of the World, then you couldn’t be more of a failure. Cut the crap, seriously.
Now, Dean Ambrose was punished by Kane for using his toilet with this match against Luke Harper. And that was next. We were barely into the match when WWE went for a commercial break. And after it most of the match happened outside of the ring. The match was quite even with Dean Ambrose hitting a few moves from the top of the turnbuckle. But finally Luke Harper prepared the announce table and powerbombed Dean Ambrose in it to the disadvantage of the table – and the back of Dean Ambrose. It was the same move that prevented Dean Ambrose from becoming IC champion on WrestleMania. And now Dean Ambrose was only able to get backstage by the help of a few doctors.
The match itself happened to last for 7:36 minutes before it was declared a no contest.
RAW | 13 April 2015: Dean Ambrose is back as a jobber against a jobber
The European Tour of the WWE was already in full blast, when RAW came to London, England. After he missed the previous RAW and SmackDown because of “doctor’s order” due to the humiliation he suffered from Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose was punished even more with a two-minute “match” against Adam Rose of all people. I really like Adam Rose and he works great in front of NXT crowds. But he’s a jobber of the lowest level in WWE. So, at least Dean Ambrose won this outing with Dirty Deeds. This expression on his face just before he hit his finisher in fact was quite telling – like he was saying, “I know I’m jobbing here, but what can I do?”. These are the little moments when I wish Dean Ambrose would have the same united fanbase like Daniel Bryan.
Later on, after Luke Harper disqualified himself in a match against Ryback by hitting his opponent with a RAW sign from the announcers table, Dean Ambrose came out to attack Luke Harper in the middle of the ring. He tried to hit Dirty Deeds but Luke Harper was able to escape through the crowd.
RAW | 20 April 2015: Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper -OR- The most sophisticated storyline I’ve ever seen in WWE
The booking of the Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper segment on the next episode of RAW (of course Dean Ambrose hadn’t been on SmackDown before because he was busy destroying Luke Harper in Bournemouth that night instead of being in London again) was quite astonishing. Extraordinary really. First of all Dean Ambrose had to come out inside the ring, just to pace through it through the entire commercial break WWE threw in at that point. Then they gave us replays from Dean Ambrose being powerbombed by Luke Harper into the ladder at WrestleMania and of Dean Ambrose being powerbombed by Luke Harper into the announcers table at SmackDown. Only then Luke Harper came out and he who hardly speaks into a microphone, had this to say to Dean Ambrose:
“Dean Ambrose, I don’t know why you weren’t afraid of me, boy. But after tonight you will be!”
Fabulous. That’s the storyline. Remarkable, isn’t it? I just can’t hold my excitement. The match itself was rather short again and of course they had to act after their crazy gimmick. So they barely left the action inside the ring for one minute. Instead they brawled themselves outside of it and after just one and a half minute Luke Harper threw Dean Ambrose over the barricades. And the brawl continued through the crowd. Eventually they made it back over the barricades but never went back inside the ring. Instead they now brawled their way up the ramp. And we were barely over two minutes in… um… this when Michael Cole told us that the match was over, even if we didn’t hear the bell again. A little tossing and teasing went on on the ramp. But in the end Luke Harper escaped backstage while Dean Ambrose was standing “tall” on the ramp to his music.
Oh, and why exactly should Dean Ambrose have been afraid of Luke Harper after that? Maybe Vince McMahon is able to answer this question.
SmackDown | 23 April 2015: Dean Ambrose teams up with Roman Reigns to make him look strong
As some fun program by Kane for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose was supposed to be his opponent for a singles match. But when Dean Ambrose made his way to the ring, Luke Harper’s music hit for a little distraction. Anyway, Dean Ambrose continued his walk inside the ring, the bell was heard and the match started. But after just a few punches between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, Luke Harper joined the action. And also Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble had fun destroying Dean Ambrose now in a 4-on-1. Some genius in the back thought it was far better not to make Roman Reigns coming through the crowd for the safety. And soon after Reigns joined the action, he had saved Dean Ambrose for the two of them standing tall inside the ring. Consequently the main event match of SmackDown was soon announced as Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins & Luke Harper.
This match happened to last for around 16 minutes of whom Dean Ambrose was in action for around eleven minutes. Actually it was a good match, good pace, good moves and good built-up to the finish. It’s not really surprising that Dean Ambrose again had to take a lot of beating and right at the end had to save Reigns from a pin, then cleared the ring on his own from Rollins, Harper and J+J Security, who of course had to get involved at ringside. Then Kane, who sat beside the announcers table, shoved Rollins inside the ring and Dean Ambrose made it back inside on his own. Both were the legal men, and it would have been easy for Dean Ambrose to hit Dirty Deeds on Seth Rollins for the win. But still he made the tag to Super Reigns who only had to hit Rollins with a spear for him to get the win. Of course, Super Reigns had to look strong.
Extreme Rules | 26 April 2015: WWE knows how to make people keep watching
For Extreme Rules and since this Pay-Per-View took place in Chicago, Illinois, it was previously announced that the match between Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper would be a “Chicago Street Fight” and that meant everything was allowed, not count-out, no disqualification. As it is usually the case for a Pay-Per-View we had a full hour of pre-show. And Dean Ambrose appeared here at the panel. He somehow cut something like a promo on his match against Luke Harper and it was the usual rambling about how he would destroy the man and get his revenge for Wrestlemania. But, either some stupid guy in the back handed him a non working microphone or Dean Ambrose was just unable to get the mic work, so we only heard him via the mic of co-host Corey Graves.
Now the match, that didn’t get a proper promo, did start as the first one of the evening. As low-carded as this is, I was kind of glad because I didn’t want to watch the entire show. Because, yes, Extreme Rules was the only show from last month that I watched live. So I was hoping for early bed time here when Dean Ambrose came out as the first opponent. But he didn’t wait for Luke Harper to make it inside of the ring. He joined him halfway and brawled him inside the ring for the start of the match. And both men didn’t wait long for bringing out the toys. Two chairs made it inside the ring but Dean Ambrose started with working the Kendo stick on Luke Harper’s back. Then it was Dean Ambrose who suffered the most from the chairs. And when both men were outside of the ring once again, Dean Ambrose grabbed another Kendo to beat Luke Harper up the ramp and backstage. There they brawl through the locker-room area until Luke Harper arrived at a car. Somehow Dean Ambrose made it inside of it through the co-driver’s window. And off they went after 8:22 minutes. The last we saw from this segment was referee Charles Robinson looking after the car, wondering what happens next. This question now was discussed by Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler, announcing that this match only ends inside of the ring. And that was later in the show when both opponents chose to come back. And while JBL, Cole & King still argued, the Chicago crowd chanted “CM Punk”.
43 minutes later Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper decided that they have had enough fun on the streets of Chicago. Now Dean Ambrose was driving the car almost into a wall backstage. Luke Harper made it outside of the back of the car, Dean Ambrose took out The New Day who were there by accident for an interview. And then Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper brawled back inside of the arena and down the ramp. But before they made it back inside the ring they flooded the ring with tables, thrown inside from both sides of the ring. Soon later Luke Harper literally buried Dean Ambrose under all these chairs, then climbed onto the turnbuckle in an attempt to jump on this pile. But Dean Ambrose crawled free and now everything went really fast. Luke Harper was thrown onto all these chairs and after a few seconds of recovery Dean Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds for his first Pay-Per-View win after a match time of 12:01 minutes. Now you can add the 43 minutes between these two segments and you get a total match time of 55 minutes (but without the commercial breaks – I’m not quite sure anymore but maybe there were two commercial breaks during this time, so you can easily add another five minutes for a total match time of a full hour).
I went to bed after that and maybe a few other people have done that as well. But kudos to WWE to make me actually stay longer than I initially wanted to. And, yes, Dean Ambrose finally got his first Pay-Per-View win – it was about time! – but it was against another mid-carder and with no title to fight for, not even a decent storyline. Typical mid-card, no-one really cares finish to this “feud”.
On the Extreme Rules Fallout show Dean Ambrose finally was able to say something into a working microphone again:
“Twelve staples! Twelve staples in the back of my head. And every single one of them – *tshk, tshk, tshk, tshk* – hurt. Just like getting powerbombed through a steel ladder hurts. Just like failing to win the Intercontinental title at the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania, really hurt. We’ve found out tonight and it only takes one big win to get back on track, and they’ll come no bigger than a monster like Luke Harper. Fights don’t come any tougher than against a monster like Luke Harper. It doesn’t get any wilder or any nastier than a Chicago Street Fight. But the thing about Dean Ambrose is, whenever, wherever with me – the fight never stops. And to the guy whose SUV I commandeered earlier, I, er, sincerely apologize and I hope we can keep that just between me and you. And I left a present in the glove box for you. So we should be square. Thank you. Thank you. [I’m sorry.]”
RAW | 27 April 2015: No ashes left – back to reality
Once again WWE dug deep, found the King of the Ring tournament and started it right on this episode of RAW. The first round, i.e. quarter finals, was scheduled for this show while the semis and the final were an extra live show on coming Tuesday.
Now since this is a mid-card tournament, Dean Ambrose was one of the participants and his opponent for Round 1 was Sheamus. I have to say that I like Sheamus’ new entrance music. I just laugh about his appearance. But since he’s a heel now, that’s certainly supposed to be. The match was a really good one this time. 12:46 minutes of hard hitting in-ring action. But once again Dean Ambrose was the one who had to act beat-up, heavily disorientated at times. Like a real cockroach he did came back a couple of times and fought back where he could. But Sheamus appeared as too strong. At the end both men were outside of the ring at rampside when Dean Ambrose finally had to eat a Brogue Kick. Maybe he would have been counted out anyway but Dolph Ziggler came out, attacked Sheamus and consequently disqualified Dean Ambrose. So Sheamus progressed to the second round while Dean Ambrose was furious afterwards when it was announced that indeed Sheamus won via disqualification. So Dolph Ziggler basically helped the man who humiliated him at Extreme Rules with making him kiss his ass. And Dean Ambrose apparently doesn’t know the rules. It started as a real good match but ended in a quite ridiculous way.
But it went even worse when Dean Ambrose was interviewed on the RAW Fallout show where he generously forgave Dolph Ziggler his actions:
“Disqualification! Disqualification? I’m unqualified to win a match for not even doing anything to break the rules for once in my life. The one time I’m telling the truth. It’s on camera, broadcast to the whole world on U.S.A. Network – I didn’t do anything wrong. And I get disqualified. See, you might think that I’m pretty upset right now with Dolph Ziggler for him screwing me out of the King of the Ring. But I know the feeling. I know that Dolph Ziggler was humiliated at Extreme Rules and he was screwed over earlier tonight in his match with Bad News Barrett. I know the feeling of getting screwed over. And I know the feeling of having revenge on your lips – the taste of sweet payback on your lips. And sometimes a man just can’t help himself. So I understand where Dolph Ziggler is coming from. And I’m gonna let this one slide. It’s just one, one time as long as I get outta here before I see him. So I’m gonna get dressed, I’m gonna get showered, I’m gonna throw a couple cold ones in the cooler, I’m gonna get in the back of the truck, and I’m gonna move on to the next town. And when I see Dolph Ziggler, bygones will be bygones. I hope. I think.”
So, that’s it. Dean Ambrose had a saint for breakfast, and Dolph Ziggler is save. For now. I’m sure. Because Dolph Ziggler is in a feud with Sheamus, and Dean Ambrose has got nothing to do with that. At least WWE felt the need to make Dean Ambrose saying this and didn’t just let it slip under the carpet. That’s some kind of improvement, isn’t it?
SmackDown | 30 April 2015: Dean Ambrose as the “weak link” of The Shield is one of the longest lasting storylines in WWE
Prior to the main event of SmackDown Seth Rollins met up with Dean Ambrose who was just preparing for his match with the sell-out of The Shield. Of course J+J Security were with Rollins. And now the WWE World Heavyweight champion tried to talk Dean Ambrose out of that match. Kane apparently made it to humiliate Rollins like this is some kind of game Kane likes to play recently when the rest of The Authority aren’t around. Now Rollins told him about the reasons why Dean Ambrose should back out. First of all he would have a title match at Payback (against Orton and Reigns; yeah, what you are listening right now is me laughing) but that would be nothing Ambrose would know something about (again!) and if Triple H finds out that Ambrose participated in Kane’s plan to humiliate Rollins, he would take it out on him. Well, what shall I say? We already had this promise once: Ambrose was teased to be a thorn in the back of The Authority once again – just tune in to see what The Authority will do to him – and then there was nothing at all. WWE knows too well that there is a huge Dean Ambrose fanbase out there. But either they willingly hold him down or don’t know what to do with him (I seriously hope it’s the first because if it’s the second, then why are these creatives are still employed when they’ve got no idea what to do with a man who can do anything and everything?), they still tease possibilities just to make Ambrose fans tune in. And that was just another of these lame hints.
Anyway Dean Ambrose said it sounds good, at least the part to humiliate Seth Rollins, so of course he wouldn’t back out. And then we head back inside the arena where the match was about to start. Whole match time was 13:04 minutes and as it usually is the case with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in a one-one-one match, it was a good one. Still J+J Security were on ringside and at one point they kicked Dean Ambrose when the referee wasn’t watching. Otherwise it would have been a win for Dean Ambrose because of disqualification. Just a few minutes into the match also Kane made his way to the ring and late in the match when the action once again headed towards outside of the ring, Kane picked up Rollins by his throat. For numerous times Rollins had been hit Kane, courtesy of Dean Ambrose, so Kane almost lost it once again. He almost got the referee by his throat but before he could come to his senses on his own, Dean Ambrose shoved him into a ring post, clotheslined J+J Security over the announcers table but was hit into the steel steps by Seth Rollins shortly after. Then Rollins shoved Dean Ambrose back inside the ring to hit his reverse Dirty Deeds (yes, I’m still mad about this finisher change) on him for the win.
Now the rest of SmackDown once again was senseless and ridiculous. Kane made it inside of the ring while Rollins was celebrating with his belt. Kane was still furious about Rollins but perhaps because he feared consequences on Monday Night RAW, he let out his frustrations on Dean Ambrose who was still lying flat on the canvas. Rollins and J+J Security joined the kick fest, so once again it was a 4-on-1 assault on Dean Ambrose. But his big saviour was near when the Shield music hit and Super Reigns came from ringside to take out Kane, then J+J Security. Rollins was long gone, watching from the ramp, when Dean Ambrose was allowed to have at least one shot against Kane. But of course it was Super Reigns who had the last say on that with a spear on Kane. And like Big Daddy he checked on Dean Ambrose afterwards to see if he’s okay.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got nothing against a good friendship storyline but I hate this “weak link” angle the WWE still stretches up to now. They started it when The Shield had this storyline with CM Punk around October / November 2013 and it wasn’t completely dropped until today. Dean Ambrose is the one who loses his head, gets always beaten, thinks he can beat anyone but in the end loses and has to be saved by his über-brother Super Reigns. It’s stupid, ridiculous and one-dimensional, i.e. something the WWE loves because they think that most WWE fans are one-dimensional and love simple storylines. Maybe they aren’t that wrong. But as for me, I hate this and sincerely hope that Dean Ambrose at one point turns on Roman Reigns because he’s fed up with being saved by him all the time.