WWE does it again. They tease a Dean Ambrose win at the next Pay-Per-View. And Kane acts quite strange these days. And interesting as well. At least Dean Ambrose gets some decent booking now. And I try to enjoy it as long as it lasts.
Because I don’t have much to complain for about this episode of RAW, I come up with a rant that hasn’t much to do with it. There once was a time when you read a headline that teased exactly what you will get in detail in the very article when you click the link. Then there was a time when headlines were teasing something, you don’t really knew what you could expect in the very article but somehow reading it was somewhat useful. And now there are heavily teasing headlines but the very articles go on and on about nothing and after reading it you want to punch your laptop because you just wasted five minutes of your life with reading this crap. For example, some headline teases a huge name in WWE backstage speaking out for better use of Dean Ambrose. But in the very article there is no name given, just speculation who that could be. And why are these people doing this? Just to get clicks to push their articles up on Google.
I could easily do this as well. I’m great at creating teasing headlines, believe me, but I won’t do this. And you won’t find gossip in here or made-up stories that sound like legit journalism. I will give you my reports on the shows, some details a few people might have missed, some comparison to pop culture, and of course a few speculations about forthcoming Pay-Per-Views. And why? Because I’d like to read my own stuff from time to time and I want for people who click my headlines, enjoy reading my articles – not being left frustrated because they just wasted their time just for a few clicks more.
There should be a movie trilogy: “A Fistful of Clicks” / “For a Few Clicks More” / “The Good, the Bad and the Click”, i.e. “The Click Trilogy”, directed – of course – by Clint Eastwood.
Perfect opportunity to throw in some history
Now this match of Dean Ambrose vs Joey Mercury & Jamie Noble was a short one. Within just 5:13 minutes Dean Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Jamie Noble to win his homecoming match. But you could tell by his little antics within these five minutes that he had lots of fun. Certainly not just because we were in Cincinnati but also because he finally gets some love back from the company he already did so much for.
Just from some of his podcasts he did and where he appeared as himself, not to his crazy gimmick, I already imagined Dean Ambrose as someone who is just happy to be in WWE. He might have lots of ideas and hand them over to Vince McMahon but he definitely isn’t someone who demands the best spots possible for himself. Just like his (almost) mentor William Regal he does basically everything that he’s told to do. And he will always put in 100 percent of his efforts, no matter of how low card his booking might be. But apparently Dean Ambrose has got people backstage who speak for him, demand better booking for him, and maybe his match against Seth Rollins on last week’s episode of RAW was some kind of a crossroad match. No-one should really doubt his abilities. And that he’s a got a huge fanbase is not really a secret.
But sometimes this fanbase isn’t loud enough and not demanding enough. Dean Ambrose probably would never demand something for himself. So he has got people backstage who speak for him. But the only thing that really counts for Vince McMahon – and he still is the WWE – is decibels from the crowds. Dean Ambrose already gets huge pops regularly during his entrances. But sometimes during his matches there isn’t much chanting for him. Personally I blame his recent booking for that. If you’ve got a two-minute-match against a low-carder without any storyline behind, there isn’t much the fans can chant for. But even then they could have used these two minutes for chants to demand something better for dean Ambrose. Don’t just chant when you are entertained. Especially chant when you see that someone who deserves so much better, is treated like someone with the abilities of a low-carder. Right now WWE finally books Dean Ambrose like he deserves it. But who knows how long that will last?
In this short match Dean Ambrose had a lot of fun and he was entertaining as hell when he was cheeky towards the referee, innovative in the situations when he did the double arm lariat and the double Deanerang to Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble, sitting on the announcers table cross-legged and joking with Booker T. No dancing this time – there wasn’t enough time for this – but still some fun elements to give the audience something back for their money. Dean Ambrose won clean against J&J Security without interference or presence from other members of The Authority.
Can you imagine that lunatic becomes champion?
Yes, JBL, we can. And now shut up. Seriously, this man is the commentary’s black death. I get it that he’s supposed to be the heel commentator but shouldn’t he also bash on John Cena and Roman Reigns if he is? Also he could use some variety, not just saying “argh, this crazy lunatic” after every second sentence. You can still praise the Network or tell people how many million people have already downloaded the app with somehow calling the actual matches, not just bash on everyone who’s in the ring, hell, even before some people are in the ring.
Yeah, actually that was something I was really annoyed about. But that happens at every single WWE show, so I almost forget about that when I start writing these reports / articles / speculations. Now the main event of RAW this week happened to be Seth Rollins vs Randy Orton. Right at the end of the match Randy Orton teased the RKO but was beaten up by J&J Security and the match was abandoned due to disqualification. Randy Orton was attacked, so he was the winner anyway. A little beat-up followed but very soon Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns joined in to make the scenario for the Fatal-4-Way on Sunday complete again. The little stand-off between all four competitors was broken when Kane came out, walking slowly towards the commentary table, chair in hand. And he watched on through this entire scene: Dean Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Seth Rollins. Then Reigns speared Seth Rollins. And both Dean Ambrose and Reigns set Rollins up for the RKO by Randy Orton. After that Seth Rollins clearly was killed. But Kane was still only standing there watching like if he would make his mind up about the one guy who was worth it to get help from him on Sunday. Maybe he got some help himself for that decision when Reigns first speared Orton but then Dean Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Reigns to stand tall at the end of the second consecutive RAW. Really, really interesting.
Good luck, Daniel Bryan
You will probably know that I’m not a huge fan of Daniel Bryan. But that mostly goes for his gimmick, not for the man himself. And he certainly isn’t responsible for the booking he got during the last few months. He definitely was rushed back into a WWE ring. And more horribly had to participate into this ladder match for the IC title at WrestleMania. For a guy who just came back from a career threatening neck injury, not the wisest decision, you might think. And indeed. Like I could already sense the moment Daniel Bryan got the IC title, he was out injured almost ever since. Like last year after WrestleMania when he had to hand back his title collection, he now had to vacate the IC title because he is unable to compete once again. Like last year he will be probably out for several months. And he will certainly consider retirement.
So, good luck, Daniel Bryan, from me and I hope you are deciding what’s best for you, not what’s (supposedly) best for business.
Update on me speculating about Payback
Like I already said before, Kane’s behaviour gets more and more interesting. Dean Ambrose standing tall for the second time on RAW. So, WWE heavily teases Dean Ambrose for the win. But I still can’t see that coming. Mostly based on his previous bookings. He didn’t get a win over Rollins during their feud; he didn’t get a win over Bray Wyatt; he didn’t win the IC title from Wade Barrett; he didn’t win the IC title in that ladder match. All these big opportunities had been heavily teased towards Dean Ambrose, usually through his promos. Right now he doesn’t say much but gets good booking. And again, there is Kane who seems to consider his next step. He looks and acts like he doesn’t agree with Triple H who still sees Seth Rollins as “best for business”. Instead he might filter out Dean Ambrose as the guy who’s really worth it.
I already discussed some possible heel turns on Payback. But why not a face turn by Kane to help Dean Ambrose get that belt? And after that he teams up with Ambrose like this Punk / Paul Heyman coalition – not exactly a manager but someone who helps out here and there? How about a little war between Ambrose & Kane and The Authority? Roman Reigns can still turn heel to become the new precious boy to The Authority. And Seth Rollins is left in limbo because of all his cockiness and arrogance recently? Would certainly bring in a bit of fresh breeze. But still, all this teasing and pointing towards one certain person only means one thing: the one guy heavily teased for the win certainly won’t be the winner. Or will he?