Michael Cole kicked off SmackDown with Dean Ambrose, who spoke about his victory over Chris Jericho in the first-ever Asylum Match at Extreme Rules and about qualifying for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match on Raw. But fellow qualifying Superstar Kevin Owens brought The Lunatic Fringe’ comment to a sudden close when he ordered Cole out of the ring. He proceeded to lay his own claim to the prized contract — good for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity whenever the winner wants it.
Sami Zayn, another Ladder Match combatant, soon joined the party, claiming he will triumph at Money in the Bank. Not to be outdone, Alberto Del Rio also interrupted, and he appeared ready to attempt to qualify himself against Zack Ryder. When attention turned to the Essence of Excellence Owens seized the opportunity and attacked Zayn from behind. In response, Ambrose attacked Owens. Zayn reengaged and nearly kicked Ambrose before stopping himself. Perhaps he shouldn’t have restrained himself, though, because moments later, Ambrose tried to hit “The Underdog from the Underground” with Dirty Deeds, reminding him that it will be every man for himself at Money in the Bank on June 19.
Dean and other WWE Superstars gave their reactions to Charlottes treatment of her father Ric Flair on the last episode of RAW. I edited it down just to Deans parts for your viewing pleasure. You can see the full video HERE though if you actually want to relive that promo!
After earning his place in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match with a victory over Ziggler on RAW and securing an opportunity to grab that coveted briefcase and a guaranteed title shot, what will we hear or see from Dean on SmackDown? Click on to find out!
With Chris Jericho defeated for a second time at Extreme Rules, Dean moves on to new challenges on Monday Night RAW. The coveted Money In The Bank Briefcase is up for grabs in 4 weeks in Las Vegas, and Deans sets his sights on earning a place in the ladder match to capture the prize. Taking on Dolph Ziggler, after a rough night last night it isn’t an easy victory, but with a well placed Dirty Deeds, Dean claims his spot alongside Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Chris Jericho. With two more spots left to fill, two more opponents for Dean.. it’s already shaping up to be an exciting match. And with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins fighting for the WWE Championship at the same Pay Per View, wouldn’t it be a perfect time for Dean to lay claim to a guaranteed shot at one of them?
A second Money in the Bank contract will have to wait for Dolph Zigger, because Dean Ambrose is headed to Vegas instead. Fresh off of tearing Chris Jericho to pieces in the Asylum, The Lunatic Fringe upended The Showoff in a qualifier to send Ambrose to his third Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The bout was, more or less, a dead heat between the two fan-favorites, though Ambrose admittedly had a bit more steam given he was coming off a win and Ziggler had taken a Baron Corbin uppercut to the nether regions one evening prior.
It’s also possible Ziggler wasn’t all the way in the game, given that he’s slated to face Corbin in a technical wrestling match next week. Either way, the bout came down to whoever would land the big move first, and that ended up being Ambrose, who survived a superkick and a Famouser, narrowly dodged a Zig Zag and pounced with Dirty Deeds to end it.
They say that money changes everything. So what does it mean for the five (so far) Superstars who will risk life and limb climbing a ladder in pursuit of the coveted Money in the Bank contract, which guarantees a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match to whomever holds it within the span of a year?
For Kevin Owens, it means vindication. The Prizefighter came into WWE a year ago with a massive chip on his shoulder, beating John Cena and dubbing this place “The Kevin Owens Show” almost as soon as he walked through the door. He has earned two Intercontinental Titles since then, and a Money in the Bank contract would go a long way toward fulfilling KO’s promise to take over and remake WWE in his image.
For Cesaro, it’s a chance to put lingering doubts to rest. It’s his first time in a Money in the Bank Match on his own (his previous two outings at Money in the Bank were under the tutelages of Zeb Colter and Paul Heyman), and not a minute too soon: The King of Swing seems to have finally found his stride, and if not for outrageous circumstances, he’d have won the Intercontinental Title from The Miz twice now. All those questions about whether he’s fit to grab to the brass ring could be answered if he ascends the ladder and seizes the precious briefcase. At the very least it’d go nice with that suit of his.
For Sami Zayn, on the other hand, it’s a matter of destiny. “The Underdog from the Underground” is the New Era’s resident journeyman, having overcome a decade-plus path through the independent scene and a couple of nasty injuries to make it to WWE, where he immediately captured the WWE Universe’s heart. He has been locked in a struggle with longtime rival Owens since the day he got here, but one gets the sense that Zayn has always set his sights on bigger and better things than one man.
For Chris Jericho, there is nothing – and no one – bigger than himself. The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla has bestowed the “Gift of Jericho” to the WWE Universe for weeks, insisting his own magnificence is enough to validate the continued existence of WWE programming. He has a point: The six-time World Champion famously invented the Money in the Bank Ladder Match itself, but he’s never actually won it. For a Superstar who considers himself “The Best in the World at What He Does,” nothing less than a championship contract will satisfy him. Drink it in, man.
And then there’s Dean Ambrose, who … well, it’s unwise to even fathom what goes on in the mind of The Lunatic Fringe. This is a man, after all, who threw Chris Jericho onto a pile of thumbtacks to avenge a month’s worth of slights. But one thing’s for sure: Ambrose has been the perennial runner-up to the WWE World Heavyweight Title since November, coming in second in a title tournament at Survivor Series, second in the Royal Rumble Match that made Triple H champion and narrowly losing a title match at WWE Roadblock in February. Crazy or not, that has to sting. And smart money says he has had enough.
See which of these five Superstars, as well as those who have yet to qualify, will seize destiny and claim the Money in the Bank contract at WWE Money in the Bank, airing Sunday, June 19 live at 8 ET/5 PT, only on the award-winning WWE Network.
Everyone expected the Asylum Match, which sprang from the depraved mind of Dean Ambrose, to be brutal. Few expected it to be so brutal that it would end with Chris Jericho screaming in pain as hundreds of thumbtacks pierced his flesh. That was the gruesome scene that played out in the final moments of this gory war between two rivals who would go to any depths to destroy the other. How else do two men end up locked in a cage with dangerous weapons like a two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire and a kendo stick hanging high above them?
Jericho accepted Ambrose’s challenge to face him in the Asylum Match, vowing he was WWE’s true lunatic, but the veteran attempted to escape as soon as the bell rang. Unfortunately for Jericho, there was no exiting the Asylum. The only way he was getting out was by going through Ambrose. Of course, the nine-time Intercontinental Champion may be conniving, but that doesn’t mean he’s not tough. Jericho took some of Ambrose’s best shots early in the bout, and answered with more than a few of his own. And when he finally snatched the two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire from above the Asylum, it seemed like he could back up his big talk. Ambrose, however, grabbed a pair of nunchucks and began to wield them like Bruce Lee in “Game of Death.” Desperate to escape The Lunatic Fringe’s fury, Jericho again tried to leave the Asylum, which worked in his favor. Although Ambrose caught him at the top, Jericho managed to grab a Kendo stick and batter his opponent. Next, he obtained a leather strap and used that to leave long, red welts across Dean’s flesh.
Jericho came seriously close to victory when he nearly wrapped Ambrose up in a straitjacket, but The Lunatic Fringe fought his way out and clicked into second gear. The madman began to brutalize Jericho, even blasting him with an insane elbow from the top of the cage. Then Ambrose grabbed an innocuous plastic bucket from above the ring. It was the least dangerous looking of the bout’s assorted implements of destruction, but there was something hiding inside — a small, black bag filled with thumbtacks. Ambrose proceeded to pour hundreds of the sharp tacks all across the canvas and then set about trying to slam Jericho on top of them. The crafty master wormed out of Ambrose’s hands every time The Lunatic Fringe grabbed him, but he couldn’t run forever.
After blinding Ambrose with a fire extinguisher, Jericho went for a Codebreaker, only to be caught in midair by his opponent. Jericho was then slammed back first into the pile of razor sharp steel tacks. Jericho’s screams of pains echoed through the Prudential Center as rivers of red poured down his exposed flesh. His nightmare wasn’t over yet, though. Ambrose grabbed Jericho and sent him into the thumbtacks again, this time with Dirty Deeds. A merciful three-count followed as paramedics rushed to Jericho’s aid. As for Ambrose? He walked away battered, but with a smile on his face. The question of who WWE’s true lunatic had been answered.
Chris Jericho continued his verbal attack against Dean Ambrose just days before they clash in the first Asylum Match at Extreme Rules this Sunday. The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla not only declared himself smarter than The Lunatic Fringe, but also crazier.
The legendary Superstar predicted an extended stay in the hospital for the unstable Ambrose after this Sunday, but what he didn’t see coming was the beating he was about to receive at the hands of his rival. The nine-time Intercontinental Champion voluntarily asked for the Asylum to be lowered around him, but as he demanded the WWE Universe to drink in the gift of Jericho, Ambrose appeared behind him in disguise. The unpredictable Ambrose proceeded to deliver an extreme drubbing to Jericho before the embattled Superstar finally escaped.
After introducing Jericho to the Asylum that he’ll be stepping into with Dean on Sunday, what will our favorite lunatic have in store for the final stop before Extreme Rules at SmackDown? Click on to find out!
Never say Dean Ambrose isn’t creative and driven, so much so he comes up with a whole new take on the already violent cage match. If you wan to get really even with your enemies, why not hang a whole bunch of nasty weapons above that cage so that you have to risk your neck climbing up to get them just so you can beat your opponent black and blue. Whoever gets hold of one of those toys first is going to be at a distinct advantage – here’s hoping the Son of Mitch makes it out with his pot still in tact! At Extreme Rules, Chris Jericho steps in to Deans creation, the Asylum Match. Not for the faint of heart!
Chris Jericho has spent the last several months calling his opponents some variation of “stupid idiot.” If that’s the case, The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla has become the very thing he despises the most. After demanding Dean Ambrose apologize for destroying his — yep, still — $15,000 jacket, Jericho found himself goaded into accepting Ambrose’s challenge of a match at Extreme Rules without first asking for the stipulation.
As it turns out, the bout will be contested as an Asylum Match, a contest of Ambrose’s own twisted devising: a Steel Cage with weapons (among them a barbed-wire-wrapped two-by-four, a strait-jacket and a potted plant), where escape is not an option. Just for emphasis, The Lunatic Fringe had the asylum itself lowered down from the ceiling, giving his foe a good, long time to drink it in.
You know that old expressions about inmates and asylums? Looks like life is about to imitate adages at Extreme Rules, because noted maniac Dean Ambrose has not only plumbed the depths of his mind to concoct the first-ever Asylum Match, he’s also convinced Chris Jericho to be his opponent in it.
Granted, he didn’t exactly explain what the match was when he challenged The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla. All that was clear was that their rivalry had gotten so heated that “The Best in the World at What He Does” would have gladly accepted any kind of contest The Lunatic Fringe placed before him. Still, even by the standards of the extreme, this Asylum Match is a nightmare: The bout is, in essence, a Steel Cage Match, but with various weapons suspended above the structure that encases the dueling Superstars. The “escape the cage” stipulation is also off the table; the only way to win the Asylum Match is to pin opponent or make him submit.
The accommodations sound right up Ambrose’s alley, if not quite his opponent’s. Jericho has been more concerned with preserving “The Gift of Jericho” by batting away perceived social media slights than reinforcing his reputation in the ring (his last contest was actually his loss to Ambrose at WWE Payback), but the inflation of his ego has made him a riper target than usual for Ambrose’s insanity. And even though Ambrose’s insults have varied toward the petty — shredding Jericho’s jacket was hardly a career-ender — the former Intercontinental Champion has shown he can be very creative when provoked, and Jericho likely coaxed the true madness out of Ambrose when he trapped Dean in a straitjacket on SmackDown.
Now, with the blessing of Shane McMahon, Jericho may well have to pay for it. The Lunatic Fringe has free reign to do whatever he wants to Jericho and, thus far, seems to have chosen his strategy wisely by first targeting his pride. Jericho can and will be provoked to new planes of cruelty by a few well-placed insults, but pain is what takes Ambrose to the next level. Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this Asylum Match is that The Lunatic Fringe is free to receive and give punishment in turn, and he’s more than happy to do both. When it comes to sadistic, unrelenting brutality, it’s entirely possible that history will look back on this match and say that Ambrose may as well have invented it.
The Lunatic Fringe and Chris Jericho unleash the madness in WWE’s first Asylum Match at Extreme Rules, live this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.