WWE SMACKDOWN—7/25/14, Orlando, FL
A rematch from Monday night prompted Dean Ambrose against Cesaro; however this time, in honor of letting these two loose with steel chairs and everything else under the ring, it was no disqualification.
And boy was it a physical contest of craft and punishment.
Dean Ambrose def. Cesaro via pinfall
During the match, Mr. Money in the Bank himself made his presence felt to Ambrose, but that didn’t stop The Master of the Loony Bin from scoring a victory over The King of Swing. After the match, however, Rollins ambushed Ambrose again and bested him with a curb stomp, leaving him…struggling to his feet as it just wasn’t enough.
Figure out something, Rollins, because this is getting tired.
WWE RAW—7/21/14, Miami, FL
Seth Rollins and WWE COO Triple H made it clear to one another that they needed to eliminate Dean Ambrose completely, so he wouldn’t foil any more of Rollins’ plans. At the very same time of this conversation, Cesaro arrived into The Authority’s office and made it clear he should be considered a contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam. Triple H, however, decided that The King of Swing needed to really impress him tonight, and what better way than by taking care of Ambrose?
Consider it done.
Cesaro def. Dean Ambrose via disqualification after Ambrose whacked Cesaro’s arm with a steel chair
WWE BATTLEGROUND—7/20/14, Tampa, FL
Before their match, Seth Rollins was in an interview with Tom Phillips discussing the oncoming match between Rollins and former Shield brethren Dean Ambrose, mentioning as well that Seth could possibly walk out of Tampa as the WWE World Heavywei—and that was all that could come out as Ambrose flew from out of nowhere to attack Rollins. Once the loon was captured by road agents and referees, WWE COO Triple H demanded Ambrose be thrown out of the building!
Later on, with referee John Cone in the ring, Rollins made his usual entrance and asked for both Cone and ring announcer Justin Roberts to declare him the winner via forfeit since Ambrose threw away the match. And that was nice and cute and all, until as Seth was leaving, Dean showed up and took it to Rollins. It was only by road agents having to literally carry Ambrose out of the arena for the two to finally break apart, and The Archetype knew he had to exit the arena immediately if he wanted to survive the night.
Rollins was heading to his rental in the parking lot, but he felt suspicious (as he should) and looked around for a moment. That moment was his downfall, as he didn’t check his trunk and therefore didn’t see Ambrose climbing out with a crowbar. The two brawled yet again until Rollins fended off the nutso and sped away in his car, leaving Dean in the dust
His missives on the microphone span from measured and pensive, like a Bond supervillain at the head of a boardroom, to wild and skittish, like an amped-up street punk who’s been bitten by a rabid dog.
@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
Dean Ambrose: 3, Seth Rollins: 1