WWE does it again. Dean Ambrose talks about his upcoming match at Elimination Chamber and make us all believe that this time… this very time… he will finally get this huge win he is always hyping for. It still works because I’m looking forward to this match. But WWE shouldn’t overstretch this because at some point Dean Ambrose could start making a fool of himself.
A brilliant passionate monologue by Dean Ambrose that indicates one thing for sure: he ain’t got the title on Sunday
Because it was the very beginning of this edition of SmackDown I let the man speak at first. The good thing about Dean Ambrose being one of the top guys again, is that he finally got back some time on the microphone. The bad thing about Dean Ambrose being one of the top guys again, is that he’s got a lot of time on the microphone. It’s only a bad thing for me because I’d chosen a long time ago to transcribe all his promos and monologues. But here we go:
“Last Monday night I was told by the fine folks of The Authority that my match at Elimination Chamber wasn’t official. Because that match was made under duress. Duress! I was told that if I sign the contract that makes the match official, well then, then the match would be official. That’s just The Authority playing games. That’s just The Authority having a plan B. And The Authority always has a plan B. This week plan B was get Dean Ambrose arrested. Oh yeah, The Authority had me arrested for assaulting an innocent cameraman.
I was handcuffed. I was read my rights. I was thrown into the back of a paddy wagon. And I was hauled off to Long Island’s finest holding cell – metal bars, cold concrete floor. Believe me when I tell you, because I know, jail is never a fun place to be.
So Monday night when I’m in my cell, all I can think about, all I can fantasize about, is ways to torture Seth Rollins for putting me there. And just when my world was coming crashing down on me, something great happened. The cops come in and they say, ‘Dean, you get one phone call.’ I said, ‘Great.’
Who am I gonna call? What am I gonna do? What, am I gonna order a pizza? Who can I call? Well, there’s only one guy I can call. There’s only one guy I can trust. Only one guy who’s gonna have my back. My only friend. My brother. I called Roman Reigns.
I said, ‘Roman, brother, I cannot miss my chance to take the WWE Championship away from Seth Rollins this Sunday. You gotta buy me some time, bro. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it, but I’m gonna get out of this cell, and I’m gonna make it back to the arena. You just, you just gotta buy me some time.’ So he says, ‘Cool.’ I say, ‘Cool.’
I start thinking, ‘All right, how am I gonna get out of this jail cell? Am I gonna dig a tunnel? Do I dig a hole? Can I chew my way out? Do I start a fire? How am I gonna get out of this jail?’
So, and then a miracle happened! And it came from all places, WWE’s very own YouTube channel. I was arrested for assaulting an innocent man but that YouTube footage clearly showed Seth Rollins shoving that innocent man into me. So I guess it’s appropriate Seth Rollins became a viral video sensation just like his hero Justin Bieber.
So once that footage was shown to the world, that charges against me evaporated. I was a free man, let loose. Now it was just a matter of finding a ride back to the arena. Fortunately, over the years I’ve made a lot of friends in various Metropolitan Police Departments around the country. And it just so happens that the boys of the NYPD are huge Dean Ambrose fans.
So a couple of autographs, a couple of pictures later, and I got a police escort back to the arena. They even let me drive the paddy wagon. So I stepped on the gas. And I raced back to the arena as fast as I could because nothing’s gonna stand between me and my opportunity at the World Heavyweight championship. No scheme from The Authority, no red lights, no jail cell and certainly not WWE’s own YouTube sensation Seth Rollins.
My name’s on that contract now. And this Sunday I got Seth Rollins in this ring. No plans, no schemes, no running, no hiding. Just two guys beating the hell out of each other. I will beat the hell outta Seth Rollins this Sunday just like I’m gonna beat the hell outta Seth Rollins in our tag match tonight.
At Elimination Chamber there’s gonna be a fight for the richest price in our industry. And when the smoke clears, the reign of Seth Rollins will be over. And the Age of Ambrose begins.”
So, The Age of Ambrose sounds great but I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. Because we will still have to wait a little longer than just until Sunday. Dean Ambrose talked in length about his only friend Roman Reigns and that he’s the only one he can trust. If this isn’t an indication for a Reigns heel turn than WWE will probably go for a boring way to end this Pay-Per-View, id est an interference by Kane. But if they like to finish Elimination Chamber with a huge cliffhanger for the upcoming RAW then they’ll make Reigns turn on Ambrose. First Rollins, who sold out to The Authority; now Reigns – and Dean Ambrose is all alone in this big, cold world. That would be some heart breaker for all the Shield fangirls who are still out there. The only reason I can think of why it won’t happen is that Reigns finally gets some support as a babyface and WWE worked hard for it. But they could have turned Reigns a long time ago. They could have waited until Reigns is slightly over as a babyface to make this heel turn a legitimately heart breaking situation.
Eighth feud for Kevin Owens?
Believe it or not but this was my favourite moment of SmackDown. Kevin Owens was just finished promoting his match against John Cena at Elimination Chamber and made his way back towards the ramp to his music when his music was cut off and replaced by the music of Dean Ambrose. He just came out for the main event and his tag team match with Roman Reigns against Seth Rollins and Kane. And Dean Ambrose was plainly ignoring Kevin Owens while the NXT champ looked at him as if he was looking for at least some recognition.
Just to have them all together, I’ll list Kevin Owens’ current feuds here:
- Sami Zayn;
- Alex Riley;
- Finn Bálor;
- Hideo Itami;
- John Cena;
- William Regal;
- Samoa Joe.
Kevin Owens clearly is a collector of as many feuds as possible at the same time. And it doesn’t need much for him to attack someone or feel someone is worthy of a pop-up powerbomb. So who knows, Kevin Owens could be one of the many guys who could cost Dean Ambrose this title win on Sunday. And because I’ve already made one list, here is another one with all people who could cost Dean Ambrose his title win on Sunday:
- The Authority (Kane, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon);
- J&J Security (Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble);
- The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods);
- Roman Reigns;
- Randy Orton;
- Kevin Owens;
- Brock Lesnar.
Kane and J&J Security will be at ringside already, so these guys are the usual suspects and the first names thrown into the hat when it comes to interferences that could cost Dean Ambrose the title. He could still win this match when it ends with a disqualification. And knowing that someone will interfere, a DQ with Dean Ambrose winning the match is basically his best option. If someone from The Authority interferes, they could be banned from ringside for the next title match. Then someone else will interfere – probably the new hired New Day – and the next match after this needs another stipulation – a cage perhaps (and then there is still Bray Wyatt who could appear out of nowhere). So, if The Authority wants to keep the belt on Rollins, they, well, certainly always have a plan B.
As for the other guys, we haven’t seen Randy Orton since the last Pay-Per-View and he’s rumoured for a comeback. The same is said from Brock Lesnar. And I’ve already talked about Roman Reigns. So, given all these countless obstacles, if Dean Ambrose still wins the belt, I’ll certainly believe on being transferred into an alternate universe.
For some reason The New Day think they are needed in the main event
I won’t say much about the tag team match because the set-up was basically the same as usual: Dean Ambrose is beaten up for most of the time; Dean Ambrose sells the hell out of being beaten up and at the end Roman Reigns got the hot tag. The match lasted for 11:45 minutes until J&J Security caused disqualification with punching Roman Reigns. The usual brawl after a DQ broke free and for a short period of time, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns were standing tall inside the ring after they had to deal with another three guys that Kane brought out, The New Day. I didn’t really got the logic because just a few days ago The New Day were kind of punished by Kane with a 10-on-3 match on RAW, now they’re helping The Authority beating down Ambrose and Reigns. But anyway, this segment was finished with a Pedigree by Rollins on Dean Ambrose just to tease even more that Dean Ambrose could be the victor on Sunday.
I don’t have the time to write about NXT this week but at least I want to put the William Regal segment in here, also because it involved Kevin Owens (after what happened at NXT TakeOver Unstoppable last week that’s not quite a surprise). My favourite lines certainly were:
Regal: Kevin, d’you know, you’re walking a very, very thin line here.
Owens: Woah, woah, I’m walking a thin line? Ha ha, okay. Before you say
anything about me headbutting you, you put your hands on me first.
Regal: And that’s the only reason that you still work here.
Something more about Elimination Chamber
The following scenario is my favourite one and given all the hints and teasers by WWE still possible. Come Sunday evening none of it will be possible anymore. But I still like the possibility, so I put it in here for crying later on because it won’t have happened:
- William Regal interferes during Kevin Owens vs John Cena to cost Owens the win;
- William Regal helps Dean Ambrose to get the WWE title;
- Kevin Owens can’t hit William Regal again, so he goes for Dean Ambrose to start just another feud for himself;
- Triple H is angry about William Regal because he cost his golden boy the belt;
- Seth Rollins deserves a re-match for the title; Kevin Owens thinks he’s entitled as well and Sami Zayn wants what Kevin Owens will certainly get;
- Money In The Bank: Triple H vs William Regal for the right to stand at ringside for their respective golden boy;
- Money In The Bank: Fatal-4-Way between Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
And now for a more serious prediction: we won’t have a clear winner in the match between Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins. And we won’t have a clear winner in the match of Kevin Owens vs John Cena. I still hope that William Regal will be somehow involved and let it just be his music distracting Kevin Owens while the man himself stands on the ramp, diabolically smiling at the loss of Kevin Owens because of the distraction. More likely will be a distraction by Sami Zayn.
And about Dean Ambrose once again, I will be very, very… very surprised if he’ll really get the belt. I’d enjoy that, no question about that. But I’m still hoping for the Money In The Bank briefcase. It would be definitely much more fun (and use) in his hands than in the hands of Roman Reigns. If we’re heading into a Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns feud after Elimination Chamber, than it will certainly be a show-down between them at the Money In The Bank ladder match like it was last year with Ambrose and Rollins. And I hope that this time Dean Ambrose for once is going to win this one instead of putting just another guy over.
I’m also slightly afraid of Dean Ambrose cutting great promos to hype his next big match just to lose this one could be his gimmick for his entire career. There’s nothing wrong with building a character the slow way or making him walk up to the top of the mountain while a guy like Seth Rollins always gets the helicopter. It’s nothing wrong with a guy having so much potential having to grab the big price with his own hands than just having it thrown at him. After failure, after failure, after failure, he’s still there and focused. After every loss he came back stronger, so there needs to be this one Pay-Per-View when his promises he was talking about in one of his hype promos will become reality. I know that the only Pay-Per-View for something like this is WrestleMania, maybe another one in SummerSlam. A rushed brought back Elimination Chamber isn’t that special Pay-Per-View. But I’m talking generally here. Just don’t overstretch this with Dean Ambrose, WWE. You once almost killed the guy. Don’t do it again.