That was Dean Ambrose’s promo in the RAW pre show. Good as usual, clearly not shaven from Extreme Rules, and the earring is still missing. I have to admit that I haven’t seen RAW live due to work early in the morning (I’m still living in the wrong time zone!) but have indeed read the results, so I knew that Dean had lost his title. But watching it back now there were some hints during the match already for the audience to prepare for a new champion.
The match itself was great. Because Dean Ambrose as the winner at the end and because he had to demonstrate strength and power as promotion for the match Shield vs. Evolution at Extreme Rules he had some great moments and fighting sequences. He had to look like the strong guy in this match, the one who was feared most – and he was.
[This fabulous Gif set was brought to your attention by pathfindertifa] || Another good RAW episode already went by in front of my eyes because of work issues I only had the chance now to see it. But it was definitely worth the wait (for the best part of it) and I somehow got the idea that WWE might have taken one or the other glance on the internet to see what the fans really want.
Maybe you have noticed that I haven’t written about the latest two Smackdown episodes. I haven’t forgotten about it. And I certainly have had time to do that. I just refused to write anything about it because I didn’t really care. Not just because The Shield was hardly part of it; I have other wrestlers I enjoy to watch, most notably Cesaro, and Wade Barrett. But even these two weren’t enough for me to make these two Smackdown episodes a permanent memory for me in here.
Something just came into my mind: Dean Ambrose acted more like a face when The Shield was still heel. This sharp babyface / heel separation for him definitely has no meaning at all. At Smackdown he wasn’t goofing around that much. Actually he was his angry, overly aggressive heel self. But Seth Rollins was no difference. So maybe the both of them got orders not to be liked that much. I have also seen a picture with The Shield and Super Cena all together making this fist thing which is quite ridiculous given four men doing the trinity unity is clearly one man too much. But Cena did it in the past with Punk and Daniel Bryan so certainly he tried to jump on the Shield bandwagon to get some Shield fans for him, too. The poor guy: he doesn’t understand that this won’t ever happen.
If anyone had some doubts left if The Shield indeed is face now you just had to listen to JBL. Because he doesn’t like them anymore. And it continued during Smackdown and their actual match. Because I have a lot into my mind about it (including strange theories) I break them down into the following list:
That’s on coming Saturday so that means that Dean Ambrose retained his title against ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry. And if you haven’t seen the match: no, it wasn’t because of disqualification due to interference by Rollins and / or Reigns. There was only at least a bit distraction from the two of them but mostly created by Mark Henry himself. So, it was a clean win, some great moves (that included punches to Henry’s left knee from the centre rope – the facial expressions from the ref and Roman Reigns on that were priceless!) and once again unity demonstrated by The Shield.