TAMPA, Florida — The WWE Universe might not have gotten the match they wanted between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at WWE Battleground, but if you were expecting an all-out brawl between these two bitter rivals, it was impossible to be disappointed.
Early in the night, the always-unpredictable Ambrose ambushed Rollins during the Shield turncoat’s pre-match interview. The sudden attack — halted by a small army of referees, officials and security personnel — prompted Triple H to eject The Lunatic Fringe from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Because Ambrose was barred from the building before his scheduled bout with Rollins, the vindictive Mr. Money in the Bank demanded that he be announced the winner of the match by forfeit and have his hand raised in victory.
However, Rollins had little opportunity to savor his “victory.” As he strode up the entrance ramp, Ambrose appeared out of nowhere and assaulted his one-time ally again, repeatedly throwing Rollins into the barricade and taking the fight into the crowd. After Ambrose grabbed Rollins by the hair and hurled him onto the Spanish announce table, a host of security personnel, WWE officials and even The Game himself intervened and pried apart the embattled former Shield brethren. Ambrose was dragged kicking and screaming from the arena a second time, while Rollins was taken to the locker room area by the incensed WWE COO.
Moments later, as Rollins attempted to flee the arena in his car, Ambrose —in true slasher movie fashion— emerged from Mr. Money in the Bank’s trunk and continued the pummeling. Rollins ultimately escaped the onslaught, but only barely.
Even though Rollins technically emerged victorious from WWE Battleground, The Authority’s “Plan B” hardly looked like a winner as he fled into the night. As for Ambrose, the unhinged Lunatic Fringe was left unsatisfied, and will no doubt continue his ongoing mission to prevent his former “brother” from cashing in his coveted Money in the Bank contract — or from being safe from him anywhere ever again.
WWE.com have the staff predictions up on the outcome of Sundays match, personally I have to say I’m with Joey Styles, I think this is going to get ugly – fast. What do you think? Share your thoughts on our Twitter or in Comments!
@JoeyStyles: There is just too much mutual animosity between these former Shield teammates for this match not to end in a double count-out, double disqualification or even a no-contest if they get their hands on each other before the opening bell rings. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose is a very personal issue that needs to see these two locked in a steel cage so they can unleash their animalistic attacks in unfettered fashion. Until such time, no clear cut winner will emerge victorious. Winner: n/a
@HowardFinkel: I’m looking forward to seeing this match. These two know each other very well — perhaps too well. Yet, for me, I will give the nod to Ambrose, strictly because I truly believe that he wants Rollins more than Seth wants him. It’s that simple. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Ryan Murphy: Is it strange that I’m concerned for Seth Rollins’ wellbeing? Sure, he’s sleazy, but he’s young and über talented and I hate the thought that Dean Ambrose is going to take five years off his career with the beating he gives him at WWE Battleground. That being said, Rollins asked for this. And if you poke a pit bull with a stick, you better be ready to get bit. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
James Wortman: Oh, man. How good is this going to be? This confrontation won’t be for the faint of heart, with The Lunatic Fringe embracing his more hardcore tendencies since ditching his tactical gear. Even though Ambrose suffered a debilitating backstage attack on Raw, the brawler seems to use his pain as a power source. Dirty Deeds await Rollins, who, despite his alignment with The Authority, won’t be able to match the ferocity of his former brother. WINNER: Dean Ambrose
John Clapp: In this likely “Match of the Night” contender, I fully anticipate an unhinged Ambrose, injured or not, redlining his engine and throwing caution to the wind from the word “go.” It’d be impossible for Rollins to not get flustered, but he’s called The Architect for a reason. The man’s a strategist, and by hook or by crook, he’s walking away with the win. WINNER: Seth Rollins
It’s been a disastrous week for Ambrose after taking a beating on RAW and being sent to the hospital, and then swearing revenge only to be attacked from behind by Rollins and curb stomped on to steel steps on Smackdown. Dean slips another spot on the rankings, but we’re pretty sure he’ll be clawing his way back up again soon.
WWE Battleground happens this Sunday, July 20 on the WWE Network, and Mike & Billy previewed the action with WWE’s own Dean Ambrose, formerly of The Shield.
Ambrose finally set the record straight with the guys on a certain nickname he’d “earned” recently. A trend emerged on Reddit while Ambrose was still in The Shield, when a fan held a sign referring to the superstar as the “Ti**y Master”. The moniker grew to become Ambrose’s unofficial nickname on the internet, but he quickly shot it down, claiming he’d never even heard that before.
“That’s why I don’t do the internet very much,” joked Ambrose, who has tweeted just three times since joining Twitter in 2012.
Ambrose faces former Shield partner Seth Rollins at Sunday’s pay-per-view. The two came up through the ranks together, but since Rollins betrayed the Shield the animosity has only grown. Ambrose promises this is only the beginning of an epic rivalry.
“I don’t think this is going to be the end,” he said. “I think me and him are going to be at each other’s throats and tearing it up and having spectacular matches for years and years down the line, but you’re going to get to see the first ones this Sunday.”
Ambrose made it clear that not only is he not taking Rollins’ betrayal lightly, he may even end up going TOO far in his vengeance.
“If I’m wronged, it gets ugly,” he said. “I hold grudges…I’m going to take it way too far. If you steal my mail, I will slash all four of your tires, throw a brick through your front window, and kidnap your dog.”
Ambrose has earned the reputation of a loose cannon, and he prefers it that way. He likened his in-match strategy to floating down a river, never knowing exactly where it’s going to go, and his lifestyle to “living on the edge of a lightning bolt.”
While he craves danger and enjoys unpredictability, Ambrose would not recommend his style to anyone else. Warning: Language is slightly NSFW.
After his brutal beat down on Monday night RAW, Ambrose was left shaken but not remotely stirred as he stormed on to Smackdown with a very concise message in mind. Taking to the mic out in the ring he addresses Seth Rollins and his Authority Goons and asks him once again: Is that all you’ve got? He obviously can’t take him out by himself, he had to get his little buddies together to help him out. Dean says he’s sick of hearing Rollins get called the Brains of The Shield when he really isn’t all that smart. You don’t anger a man like Ambrose and expect to get away with it. He’s no genius if he thinks a 3 on 1 beat down will keep him from destroying him at Battleground.
Rollins interrupts, answering his callout from the safety of the Titantron. Telling him Dean doesn’t get it, he’s so talented but he’s nothing without Rollins (psh) and he’s a babbling lunatic destined for an insane asylum. He has more guts than brains. Rollins tells him the match on Sunday, Shield Vs Shield, will be the biggest draw of the Pay Per View. He’d like nothing more than to come down and curb stomp his face in to the mat again but he can’t, he tweaked his knee on Monday.
Boo Hoo. Ambrose calls him out on that and says he just sounds scared. He should be scared, he should make his Daddy proud and come down and face his beating like a man. Rollins laughs at him and tells him he’ll get a chance to prove how tough he is, Dean does have a match tonight. But it’s against Kane. As if something like that is going to make Dean blink.
Later on in the night Dean marches to the ring to take on the big red demon and as the monster makes his entrance Dean attacks right off the bat, not letting him get started. However Kane stops him in his tracks as he tries to dive through the ropes, slapping him in the face. The match really gets underway and instantly Kane goes to work on Dean’s shoulder. Grounding him and twisting him up, then working him over on the ropes. The shoulders like a big fat target and Kane isn’t about to let it go in a hurry. However a DDT executed from the top turnbuckle by Ambrose swings the momentum back in his favor. The adrenaline pumping, Ambrose goes on the attack, getting Kane on the run and knocking him to the outside. Another Suicide Dive connects this time, however Dean lands on his shoulder and isn’t to his feet quick enough as Kane takes control back, sending Dean slamming in to the steal steps. He then attempts to Tombstone him upon them but Ambrose manages to wriggle out and send Kane face first in to the post.
Just as Ambrose looks to be taking the advantage back, Seth Rollins attacks from behind. Striking Dean in the back of the head with the Briefcase and throwing him in to the ring. Dean attempts to fightback as the Steps are hauled in to the ring, but Kane hits him with a chokeslam. Seth grabs his face and sets him up on the steps, mocking him before hitting him with the Curb Stomp on the steel. Dean left down and out.. again. As Seth stands tall with his precious briefcase.
WWE.com have a major article up on their site covering Dean’s career so far, spanning time before he entered the WWE as well. It’s definitely worth a read! Related Links:
1. Retrospective Gallery
2. Original Article Here!
Oh look, there’s Dean Ambrose, right in the middle of a bombed-out wrestling ring set up in some nondescript Northeastern field. Could be Pennsylvania, but who knows: Civilization is nowhere to be found in any sense of the word. Glass, barbed wire, a cheeseburger deluxe and spots of red pepper the scene — the remnants of a 15-minute bar fight posing as a wrestling match, while a sparse but energetic crowd foams at the mouth for the carnage to continue. You half expect Caesar to appear and give the thumbs-down at any given moment.
The Lunatic Fringe himself — his face already looking like he went bobbing for apples in a can of red paint — is currently experiencing the most uniquely traumatic of head injuries following an assault by electric saw. The crowd goes nuts as it happens, and Ambrose jolts to his feet when the deed is done, limbs flailing like he’s been struck by lightning. A few moments later, a dazed Ambrose will be forced to his knees and suffer a second attack from the saw. He’ll win in a few minutes with a roll-up that seems incredibly underwhelming given all that preceded it and he’ll stumble through the grass in search of an ambulance or makeshift triage unit, whichever he finds first, leaving a trail of crimson in his ungainly wake. And it’s only his first match of the day. And, it’s not even the worst thing that’s happened to him.
“[There was one match] where I literally started doing the mathematical equation of like, ‘I’m bleeding way too fast and I have another 15 minutes or so left in this match, and at this rate I will probably pass out and I might die, so I better hurry up and get this match over with,” said Ambrose to WWE.com.
I was a little bored of regular old wrestling.A mere three years before he’d appear on the scene in WWE, matches like this were a typical day at the office for The Lunatic Fringe. One of the last — and, potentially, most notorious — deathmatch veterans still standing, Ambrose came to WWE by way of a path of destruction usually reserved for Biblical plagues or one-man wrecking crews.
There are, to be perfectly honest, a lot of genuinely unsettling things about this part of the Dean Ambrose story. But perhaps the most disquieting aspect is that Ambrose — trained at the reputable Heartland Wrestling Association in Cincinnati — didn’t need to do any of it. He had the tools, he had the skills, and if he wanted to, had the opportunity to avoid rolling around in barbed wire for $20 a night — a practice he refers to in conversation as “that” or “all that” — a free hot dog and a piece of the merch stand.
So why, Dean Ambrose, did you do it?
“I was a little bored of regular old wrestling,” said Ambrose. “I started dabbling my foot in that because I was bored.” Read more
Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Working For: WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: United States Championship Mini Biography: Dean Ambrose started his career back in 2004 under the name of Jon Moxley. Earning high praise from independent companies around the world, he became a household name for the hardcore, holding championship gold in companies such as Combat Zone Wrestling. With his name capturing the attention of wrestling fans across the globe, Jon soon earned a developmental contract with the WWE. He then took on the name of Dean Ambrose and began the process of cementing his name in stone. Feuding with William Regal and Seth Rollins most notably on NXT, Ambrose went on to make his much anticipated main roster debut at Survivor Series 2012, coming in alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to make a massive impact in the main event, aiding CM Punk in retaining his WWE Championship. The Shield have torn an unstoppable path through the WWE and at Extreme Rules 2013, Dean laid claim to his first taste of WWE gold, capturing the United States Championship. Described by WWE as "Fearless, wild and always unpredictable" as well as a "world class competitor and infamous troublemaker" - Dean Ambrose is the rising star to watch! Full Biography:Click Here! Full Statistics:Click Here!
Show: Smackdown July 4th, 2014 Match: Dean Ambrose def. Randy Orton (DQ) Summary: With Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins joining the SmackDown announce team and Roman Reigns banned from ringside, Dean Ambrose went to battle against Randy Orton in SmackDown’s main event. Despite the fact that Ambrose couldn’t stop himself from attacking Rollins once again, he still seemed to be in firm control in the match’s final moments. However, as he lunged through the ropes at The Viper, Rollins recovered enough to nail Ambrose in midair with the Money in the Bank briefcase, bringing the disqualification. With the official match over, Rollins and Orton initiated another 2-on-1 assault on Ambrose. But, as Rollins prepared an aerial assault from the top rope, the powerhouse Reigns emerged to send him crashing to the canvas and unleashed a major onslaught that included an earth-shattering Superman Punch on the Apex Predator. Full Review: Click Here! Digitals:Click Here! Screencaptures:Click Here!
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Dean DOES NOT have a secondary Twitter, Facebook or other internet profile, any you may find should be reported as fakes no matter how convincing they appear to be. Click here to hear Dean confirm this HIMSELF on this Podcast and also on Colt Cabanas recent Podcast HERE!. ALL Official links can be found and confirmed on this site.
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