After a good night for Dean on RAW where he picked up the win for his team in a 6-Man Tag involving the competitors in the upcoming Money in the Bank ladder match, what will unfold on SmackDown as the countdown to the PPV continues? Click on to find out!
Money in the Bank is a handful of weeks away and Dean’s secured his spot in the ladder match for the Championship shot. But this week, he has to team with men he’ll be fighting that night, to take on 3 other men he’ll be fighting that night. The potential for things to go wrong is sky high. But Dean’s got his eyes firmly set on that briefcase and RAW works like clockwork, taking out the team of Jericho, Owens and Del Rio with relative ease. Dean picks up the win with Dirty Deeds to Kevin Owens. Heres what WWE.com had to say!
So Dean Ambrose doesn’t trust Canadians. Who knew? That being said, he should be thankful that Sami Zayn was on his team in Raw’s main event, otherwise The Lunatic Fringe might have another loss to his name. In a match that pitted the six Money in the Bank competitors against each other, Ambrose, Zayn & Cesaro united against Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens & Alberto Del Rio, none of whom could get along to save their lives.
Or the match, as it turns out. After a long battle, Jericho finally had Ambrose where he wanted him when Owens stole a tag and stalled his trio in its tracks — thanks, Canada — instigating a Pier-Six brawl where Cesaro unleashed the Cesaro Swing on Jericho. That is, until Del Rio Backstabber’d him. At which point, Zayn hit him with the Helluva Kick, leading to a superkick from Owens and a Pop-up Powerbomb attempt that went awry. And that allowed Dean-O to pounce with Dirty Deeds for the win. Poutine for everybody!
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!