Something went slightly wrong when the best part of Dean Ambrose’s outing on a Pay-Per-View is his appearance during a vignette to promote his forthcoming match. We had this for numerous times now. Try something different next time, WWE.
I’m disappointed about everything that happened at Elimination Chamber. The only good thing was that Kevin Owens beat John Cena. But I seriously hoped for at least one tiny William Regal appearance. Does WWE think that no-one knows him anymore because they only promote Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Steve Austin and Dwayne? The only bad thing about William Regal is that he’s such a humble human being that he never will demand anything for himself. So others have to do it for him. But most of them probably won’t.
On another note: Ryback of all people is now the Intercontinental Champion? I’m having a serious chuckle! And this is everything I’m going to say about that.
But of course the biggest joke of them all was the finish of the main event. I’ll write about that in length, of course. Just this tiny note before: WWE really goes for the worst possible ending every single time, because they believe that people will tune in until their favourite will finally have his (or her) moment. In their logic, if their favourite gets their moment, fans will be that satisfied that they’ll never tune in again. That’s why the most favourite guys or gals only get the tiniest little moments to enjoy. Ganymed and Callisto of Jupiter beware that we’ll put a title around the waist of a babyface!
But enough lamento for once; now for a little review of Elimination Chamber.
Make a note: Every time Dean Ambrose has got a pre-match hype / promo vignette, he ain’t got anything
Before the usual reason for me to rant, WWE put on some program to enjoy. Of course. So in case we still didn’t expect much, we were hyped because of some Dean Ambrose backstage interviews and promo vignettes, so the actual (and quite certain) disappointment at the end would be at its maximum. This strategy at this point should also be known by everyone who watched just a couple of months of WWE shows.
So, first of all, Dean Ambrose was seen for a backstage interview on the pre-show and he had the following to say to the question if he’d feel any pressure because all eyes would be on him:
“Pressure? What kind of pressure? Tonight I’ve got nothing to lose and everything in the world to gain. So tonight I’m relaxed, focused, even… calm. On the other hand I’m feeling a lot of pressure, pressure right here in my guts. And it’s building and building and building all the time. D’you know what that is? Different kind of pressure. That’s bubbling hatred for The Authority. D’you know, how you relieve that? Punching Seth Rollins in the face. It’s quite therapeutic. You should try it. D’you know what’s gonna feel even better than that? Taking Seth Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship! So I guess you could say the more pressure I feel the worst it is for that red faced suit wearing scumbag.”
And asked about if he’d expect Seth Rollins or The Authority to go even further in making sure that Rollins keeps the title tonight:
“Of course! Yes! Don’t you watch the show? Don’t you know The Authority? I’m sure The Authority right now is back in some office, plodding and scheming and coming up with the ways to make my life miserable tonight. But, eh, tonight I’m gonna be swinging… swinging! And whomever I hit, whether it’s Seth, Kane, J, J, any other Js or even Triple H – it’s fine by me.”
After that we had a slightly weird appearance by Roman Reigns who said that he already brought the alcohol (who cares about PG?) and that he would be at ringside to help Dean Ambrose take out anyone who’d stand in his way to get the title. Yeah, über Reigns all of a sudden became the personal R&R Security for Dean Ambrose. And the only thing I was thinking because of this: yeah, Reigns will finally turn on Ambrose. Of course WWE only teased this. They always tease things and tease things and tease things, so when they tease things for just another time, nobody falls for it anymore – and then they’ll do it.
Already during the show Dean Ambrose was seen backstage with R&R Security when Triple H joined them to make it clear that Dean Ambrose will get disqualified if R&R Security would be at ringside or interfere during the match. But Triple H said he had a good feeling about the match. And Dean Ambrose agreed.
Right before the match started we got just another promo for it, this time via a vignette that brought a bit of history and a black / white backstage scenery in which Dean Ambrose had the following to say:
“You know, it’s truly amazing to me how one bad decision can change your entire life. How you can choose to put your trust in someone. Treat them like family. Treat them like blood. Together, you build a juggernaut. Become absolutely invincible. And watch as they plunge a knife in your back. Watch as that betrayal sends them straight to the top. Right where they wanted to be.
The world needs someone like Dean Ambrose to make sure someone like Seth Rollins doesn’t get too comfortable. You see, Seth Rollins thinks that because he calls himself the future, that he’s untouchable. But he’s not.
You can surround yourself with all the suits and sycophants you want. It won’t matter. Tweedledee and Tweedledum can’t save you. The big red lapdog can barely stand you, let alone save you. Even Mommy and Daddy can’t save you. Even Mommy and Daddy can’t save you! Even Mommy and Daddy can’t save you. I mean, did you honestly think that a trip to a local clink on some trumped-up charges was going to keep me from getting my hands on you?
Truth is, Seth, once upon a time, you made a bad decision. You betrayed your brothers. You betrayed your brothers. Now, I’m gonna take everything from you. Your safety. Your security. Your smile. Your peace of mind. Your well-being. And your WWE World Heavyweight Championship.”
What I’ve marked with bold letters now seems to be Dean Ambrose’s only legitimate reason why he’s in WWE. The company finally revealed it. They don’t want Dean Ambrose as champion. They only want him as a counterpart for Seth Rollins. They want him as someone who makes Seth Rollins and all the titles he’ll collect during his WWE career important. Dean Ambrose might be back in the main event picture but his role hasn’t changed in the slightest, except for, well, now he doesn’t put over one guy but two guys. He makes Seth Rollins even more hated and appear like an even better heel than before. And he puts Roman Reigns over as a face.
I’m seriously sick and tired of all this all over again. I can already imagine that Dean Ambrose will indeed win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money In The Bank just for Roman Reigns to cash in immediately. Because Reigns certainly will win the briefcase in the respective match before in that show. I’m usually completely wrong with my predictions but this time there can’t be any other choice. I’m still reading that Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar is still on for SummerSlam. So what? If Reigns doesn’t cash in immediately, he will cost Dean Ambrose the win. And we’ll have Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns at SummerSlam – and you don’t even need to guess who’s going to win that match!
You can sense that I’m seriously pissed when I’m already talking about all that before I even mentioned the match. So first things first.
Dean Ambrose goes from having the longest title run in WWE history with the United States championship to having the shortest with the WWE World Heavyweight championship
I usually give out the match time but this isn’t quite easy for the newest edition of Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins. Because there were basically two finishes. The first one clocked in when the referee of the match was knocked out by the shin of Dean Ambrose. Technically the match was over at this point because Seth Rollins shoved the referee in the way of a jumping Dean Ambrose, so Seth Rollins was disqualified at exactly 22:00 minutes. But because the referee was temporary unable to make this call, the match went on for further 48 seconds in which Dean Ambrose could hit Dirty Deeds on Seth Rollins, first the audience counted to three until another referee came down into the ring running from backstage to do the official count for an apparent Dean Ambrose win and him getting the title.
And I guess most people believed at that point that Dean Ambrose indeed would be the new WWE World Heavyweight champion. The most ridiculous spot about all this certainly was to send out this second referee. At least every referee should know the rules, shouldn’t they? So instead of making the three-count temporary official, he should have cared about his colleague to get him conscious again for making the right call. But this only shows how diabolical the WWE actually is, making most of the fans believe that Dean Ambrose finally got what he deserved just to take it away from him 108 seconds later. But we should consider ourselves lucky. Because this time it wasn’t an exploding TV screen…
So the match itself was a good one with a decent length. Could have been a great one if the audience would have participated in any way. There were periods not only in this match but all over the show when these people were basically dead silence. There was no atmosphere whatsoever. So it’s usually the case when the crowd is enthusiastic, the both (or more) wrestlers inside the ring will put on this extra level to make the match an extraordinary one. And both Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins did their best to get some reactions from them. But it looked like these people only wanted to take but didn’t want to give something back. Apart from that there were some good moves again – the Hook and Ladder was back (I couldn’t resist to put in here another Gif of it) – a few killer spots like Ambrose and Rollins went over the announcers table or the double crossbody in the middle of the ring to give both guys a few seconds to recover. Of course Dean Ambrose had to take (and sell) much while Rollins talked trash like he’d be the man and Ambrose couldn’t even come close to his level. Usual heel babbling during a match.
Also of course during the entire match Dean Ambrose not only had to deal with Kane and J&J Security who all were at ringside. Especially at the end of the match Dean Ambrose took out all three of them, most noticeable with a jump from the top rope to outside the ring. Just a few seconds after that Dean Ambrose was back on said top rope and from that jump the referee incident happened. A few seconds of teasing a few moves later Dean Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds, the other referee did the three-count, Dean Ambrose got the belt and was announced as the new champ. This was basically the one moment when the audience somehow came to life.
But like I said, this joy only lasted for 108 seconds. Because after a little debate between the two referees, Lilian Garcia announced that Dean Ambrose indeed won but with disqualification. So Seth Rollins was still the champ. This announcement now was the starting gun for Kane, J&J Security and Seth Rollins to take the belt away from Dean Ambrose again – of course this didn’t happen without violence. But it wasn’t surprising that once again R&R Security came out to help Dean Ambrose out of this. So Dean Ambrose reclaimed the championship belt, grabbed a microphone from the Spanish announcers table, said:
“I won this match. That means I’m taking the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.”
And off he went through the crowd together with the belt and R&R Security.
And one note about RAW from 01 June 2015
The ridiculousness with R&R Security went on on the following episode of RAW with him demanding a re-match for his master Dean Ambrose. It was generously granted as a ladder match at Money In The Bank. But R&R Security had to fight for his spot in the Money In The Bank ladder match not just against Wade Barrett but also against Mark Henry and Bray Wyatt. Only if he’d win against all three, R&R Security would be in that ladder match for the briefcase. Needless to say that he won all three matches. Bray Wyatt had just rolled out of the ring when Seth Rollins, Kane and J&J Security teased a beat down when all of a sudden Dean Ambrose’s music hit. He was standing on the announcer’s table with the WWE World Heavyweight championship belt and later on helped R&R Security against The Authority. Once again he hit Dirty Deeds on Rollins, had a good laugh with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon who were standing on the ramp and then left again through the crowd.
It’s great that we’ll have a singles ladder match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, there’s no doubt about it. But I’d still preferred Dean Ambrose being part of that other ladder match for the briefcase. R&R Security will certainly get it. And in case Dean Ambrose legitimately wins this time, he won’t be champ for long. Maybe longer than 108 seconds. But who knows?