Monday Night RAW, Dean Ambrose was somewhat randomly given an opportunity to earn his way into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at the Payback pay-per-view on May 17. Last week on Smackdown, Kane put Ambrose in a match against Seth Rollins for seemingly no reason other than there’s nobody else on the roster. Kane is not available to be the go-to guy for an authority figure to force somebody to wrestle because heis the authority figure. Since Dean has a connection with Seth, he got the nod.
It’s tough to figure out what the thought process is behind adding Dean Ambrose into the mix; Dean has been continuously receiving very strong crowd reactions no matter what they do (or don’t bother doing) with him, but that alone doesn’t just get a guy a title shot. If that were the case, Daniel Bryan would have won the WWE Title back in October 2013 instead of having to force his way into the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Dean’s decision to challenge for the Intercontinental Championship was promising, but they decided to stray from that route in order to go with the (admittedly amusing) game of hot potato with the belt that led to a multi-man ladder match at WrestleMania 31.
With each passing week after Fastlane, it seemed that Ambrose cared less and less about being champion, and by the time Daniel Bryan won the belt, Dean was busy brawling around with Luke Harper — it was like he never wanted the title in the first place. Just forget that his original intention was to become the champion to gain some personal recognition and to make people care about the title again. That literally became Bryan’s story instead, and Ambrose was given the consolation prize of getting to jump into a car window on live PPV.
Now, with what feels like reckless abandon and a pure lack of forethought (which isn’t anything new) Dean Ambrose is in the ring with Seth Rollins, Roman Reignsand Randy Orton – three guys that WWE has been almost religious about protecting. Dean’s situation couldn’t be further from theirs, yet somehow he fits in perfectly. It’s the way he carries himself and the way the crowd reacts to that. But maybe it isn’t lack of forethought, and the only reckless abandon is the way Ambrose performs in the ring.
I previously discussed the idea that Randy Orton was going to be the one to take the fall in the triple threat match. Rollins is champion and that isn’t changing. They are rebuilding Reigns, so he won’t be losing. That left Orton. He’s essentially bulletproof at this point, and taking a clean loss won’t hurt him. Plus, it’s a triple threat, so it doesn’t even have to be clean. He just has to be the one Rollins pins. Well it’s not a triple threat any longer. It’s a fatal four way. And as far as I’m concerned, the man Rollins will pin is not going to change. Rollins and Reigns are being protected, Orton has unfinished business with them and Ambrose is going to being unpredictability to what WWE seems to have realized was set to be a really generic, uninteresting main event.
Randy Orton is going to be phased out of the title picture. He beat Rollins at WrestleMania and got cheated out of a victory inside the cage at Extreme Rules. On May 17 he will have his shoulders pinned to the mat for a 3-count by Seth Rollins with limited silliness involved. Who knows where he’s headed next? Sacrifice him to Rusev, maybe?
That said, Ambrose won’t be taking the fall. He’ll add all sorts of crazy to the match and make it far more interesting than it would be without him, and then chances are he will go back to doing nothing important and being really entertaining doing so.