Dean will be making an appearance the Cricket Wireless store in Phildelphia at 2900 N. Broad St from 11am to 1pm. He will be signing autographs and taking photos. Tickets are free however it will be on a strictly first come, first serve basis and once he’s gone, he’s gone. So get there early to ensure your spot (Generally around 200 available)!
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With Dolph defeated at Summerslam, Dean strolled in to Smackdown the confident champ. After a few games of roulette its time for him to find out who he’ll be facing at Backlash, and it’s a match between AJ Styles and an extremely ticked off Dolph Ziggler to decide that fate. Dean heads to ringside commentary to get a front row seat for the action, and what a match it is. He’s glad he didn’t put money on it because it would have given him several heart attacks. In the end, it’s AJ Styles that comes out on top. Dean will face AJ one on one at Backlash for his precious gold, and it’s going to be a hell of a fight! Here’s what WWE.com had to say.
WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose sat in on commentary as The Showoff and The Phenomenal One dazzled the WWE Universe in the main event.
The study in contrast between the two was evident during the contest – Styles, coming off the biggest win of his career – was confident and loose. Meanwhile, Ziggler, reeling from quite possibly the most critical defeat of his WWE tenure, was aggressive and possibly pressing a bit too hard.
The end result was not kind for Ziggler, with Styles surging to victory by connecting with the Styles Clash after using the middle rope to assist him with a low-blow when the referee was not looking in the contest’s closing moments. Ziggler would once again show, yet not win, eliminating him from the WWE World Championship picture at Backlash.
SmackDown Live went off the air with Ambrose and Styles locked into one another, knowing the stakes that they were now presented with at Backlash.
AJ Styles has pinned “The Face that Runs the Place,” twice. Now, The Phenomenal One sets his sight on The Lunatic Fringe that runs the asylum.
Styles will challenge WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose at WWE Backlash Sunday, Sept. 11, live on WWE Network. If Styles’ recent win streak is any indication, The Lunatic Fringe may be facing his biggest threat yet.
The Phenomenal One ensured the title match would remain a one-on-one contest by defeating former World Champion Dolph Ziggler on the Aug. 23 edition of SmackDown Live. Yet, even before that, Styles had accumulated an impressive string of major victories including, most notably, going 2-0 against John Cena in singles competition this summer.
Though the involvement of Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson tainted Styles’ first win over the Cenation leader, Styles needed no outside assistance to defeat Cena in their all-time classic return match at SummerSlam.
Styles might have the wind at his back heading into SmackDown Live’s first brand-exclusive pay-per-view, but he also has an unpredictable and unrelenting Lunatic Fringe staring him in the face on Sept. 11. Ambrose’s devil-may-care attitude has benefited his title reign thus far; will his kinetic style of fisticuffs continue to pay dividends against the dynamic force that is AJ Styles?
Don’t miss this huge WWE World Championship clash when WWE Backlash airs live on WWE Network Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 ET/5 PT.
Dean is the lone wolf on the Backlash poster as we head in to a new era on Smackdown. The brands first Pay Per View since it’s split from RAW, although the Backlash name was previously used for PPV’s in the early 2000’s. We’re excited to see it resurrected next month on September 11th, and look forward to finding out what the Champion Dean Ambrose will be up against! Check out other promotional imagery for the event below.
A winning night for Ambrose, retaining his Championship against Dolph Ziggler – although he may have regretted winding him up QUITE so much, as Ziggler definitely put up a fight. Dean’s cocky and brash tactics designed to really get under Zigglers skin and throw him off didn’t really work. So as per his fallout video, Dean apologizes for his bad behavior this past week or so. It’s okay, Champ. You’re forgiven. Here’s what WWE.com had to say!
Dolph Ziggler certainly made every moment of his WWE World Championship opportunity count, but despite an incredible effort, he ultimately fell to Dean Ambrose in a tense, heart-pounding contest. Channeling his NCAA career as Kent State’s winningest wrestler, Ziggler started the bout by keeping the champion grounded and attempting to score an early pinfall. The Showoff maintained incredible momentum until Ambrose countered a suplex and threw Ziggler from the ring.
Battling on the outside, the WWE World Champion took control of the bout with high-impact maneuvers that kept his opponent on the defensive. Confident in his strategy, The Lunatic Fringe took to the top rope but was taken out mid-air with an expertly planted dropkick. The well-documented perseverance of both Superstars was on full display after a cringe-worthy double clothesline brought the action to a screeching halt. Ambrose managed to recover and unleash another offensive that Ziggler weathered long enough to apply a sleeper hold and spill the action to the outside.
Ziggler narrowly missed a chance to score a pinfall following a huge superkick, and nearly won the championship after countering Dirty Deeds with a Zig Zag. Regaining his composure, Ambrose ascended to the top rope again, but was met by Ziggler where they engaged in a tense exchange of blows and counterattacks. Thinking he had the upper hand, Ziggler tried to execute his patented facebuster from the top, but Ambrose countered, landing on his feet and planting his opponent with Dirty Deeds for the victory. Despite his defeat, Ziggler definitely made the most of his opportunity. Nevertheless, the unorthodox and unhinged nature of the WWE World Champion won the night.
WWE.com are making predictions again, and here’s what their staff predict for Ambrose Vs Ziggler!
GREG ADKINS: Few Superstars have shown more heart more consistently than Dolph Ziggler. Unfortunately for him, reigning WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose will make certain The Showoff gets shut down. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
RYAN PAPPOLLA: In the weeks leading up to this match, Dolph Ziggler has been displaying serious focus and determination that will be tough for Dean Ambrose to stop. I’m showing my hand and rolling with Ziggler. WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
SCOTT TAYLOR: Dolph Ziggler will no doubt put on a show-stealing performance, but it’s going to take more than that to steal the WWE World Championship from Dean Ambrose. WINNER: Dean Ambrose