Hello WNW People Mitch “Big M” Adams here welcoming you once again to another edition of the house of “M”. Before I begin this article I would like to apologise for how cynical and cranky I have been on open thread discussions lately, and I would like to take a moment to explain why.
It was almost 3 months ago that my debut article for WNW was posted (to more fanfare than I would’ve ever hoped for, and I thank you so very much for that) it was titled Reigns Over Ambrose Or Ambrose Over Reigns. In the article, I expressed my frustration (and the frustration of many WWE fans) over the booking of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose.
And how I felt that at that point Ambrose was a better option than Reigns to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
In the weeks that followed those frustrations only intensified as I saw Roman Reigns big main event push flopping due to him being miscast as the John Cena-like babyface. And Dean Ambrose being relegated to putting over Brock Lesner at Wrestlemania (a win Brock definitely didn’t need) and a mid-card feud with Chris Jericho that wasn’t anywhere near as good as I thought it was going to be. I also grew frustrated with the way WWE’s higher-ups were booking certain workers, in general, believing the size bias in WWE had reached new levels of ridiculousness. I also felt that the protection of WWE’s top stars had become counter-productive to the storytelling and was making it harder to create new stars. And I was rolling my eyes over rumours of former names from the past being brought in to fill in roster spots for the upcoming brand split, despite WWE having an incredibly diverse and talented roster already at their disposal, WWE’s higher-ups seemed to have zero faith in them. All of this combined made this loyal, long term fan a little fed up, and I honestly considered taking a break from WWE.
But then something magical happened, something I’ve wanted to see for over two years…Dean Ambrose won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, that’s right people Dean Ambrose won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and cashed it in after Seth Rollins had defeated Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a corker of a match, and is now the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. “Yes,” chant beginning in 3…2…1 “YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES”. Now that that’s out of the way I would now like to examine why I think it finally happened and what it means for Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and WWE as a whole.
What it means for Roman Reigns.
I know I’ve been harping over this for a year but Roman Reigns main event push was doomed to flop from the start. And that isn’t his fault, he’s done everything that's been asked of him that wasn’t the problem.
The problem was very simple, WWE’s higher-ups pushed him too soon and miscast him as the Cena-like babyface. Even during the closing days of The Shield I held concerns for Roman Reigns. It was clear he was in line for a big singles push based solely on his look. It was clear WWE’s higher-ups saw him as their next big star. It was clear Roman was still a little green where it counted. It was clear Roman had a ring style and mannerisms far better suited for a heel run. It was clear WWE’s higher-ups saw more money in him than in Rollins or Ambrose who both had far more experience and were far better suited for a big singles push that early in their respective WWE runs. It was clear that Roman Reigns would soon be booed out of every building he wrestled in.
Now despite popular belief, I don’t dislike Roman Reigns, I just thought giving him the “Super-Cena” treatment wasn’t going to get him over in any way, and I was right. And I think WWE’s higher-ups have FINALLY realised that fact too and have decided to go back to the drawing board.
I hope that they now see what a folly it truly was trying to make Roman into something he’s not…a babyface hero Champion. The man’s ring style and mannerisms scream heel, even more so in the match with Rollins. Reigns trash talk to Rollins “You ain’t nothing” “You ain’t ready” plus his facial expressions looked so heelish that we on the open thread discussion were speculating about the possibility of a double turn.
I honestly don’t know what WWE’s higher-ups are planning to do with Roman next, but one thing for sure, what they were doing with him before simply wasn’t working. I hope they work it out because he doesn’t deserve to be this generation Lex Luger.
What it means for Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins is one of the most amazing in-ring workers of the last 20 years. His Championship run while illogically booked at times (losing to Cena moments before defending the WWE Title, and losing to him again the next night on Raw is no way to book the company's champion) was a true highlight of 2015. I was deeply saddened when he was bitten by the injury bug that plagued WWE in the year 2015. After such a gruesome injury one had to wonder if he would come back the same performer he was. Well, after Money in the Bank we no longer had to wonder, he’s not just as good as he was before the injury…HE IS EVEN BETER! What a match he had against Roman Reigns, “The Man” never missed a step, there was zero ring rust on him. And not only did he put on a great match, he was actually booked to win it, something most fans wanted to see but never thought they would due to WWE’s higher-up's stubborn refusal to admit reigns wasn’t working out.
Now you may think Dean Ambrose cashing in on Seth shows some lack of faith in him on WWE’s part, trust me nothing could be further from the truth. There is a great story to be told here, Seth busts his arse to come back better than ever, regains the Title that he never lost, only to lose it via a Money in the Bank cash in, not so dissimilar to the manner in which he first won the Title back at Wrestlemania 31. Oh, the delicious kayfabe irony! Expect many classic battles with Dean Ambrose for the Title in the years to come WNW people. Seth Rollins is here to stay, and he is going to have many more runs at the top.
What it means for Dean Ambrose.
I know for a fact you guys are sick to death of hearing me say this…so just to be annoying I’m going to say it again. Dean Ambrose was always the true standout of the Shield in my opinion.
Dean Ambrose is the complete package, everything you could possibly want in a main event level professional wrestler. He has everything, he’s got the ring skills due to years of working on the independents, he has the mic skills through his gift of the gab and his hilarious sense of humour, and he has a gimmick that is creative and different. WWE’s higher-ups could do anything and I mean ANYTHING with Ambrose if they tried, and now it looks like they finally are. For two years I’ve waited beyond patiently for Dean to get his shot at the big time, while his other Shield brethren were already getting theirs. For two years I saw Dean have classic match after classic match with the likes of Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens and more. Then at Wrestlemania 32 I saw something that made me think that (horror of horrors) he may never get his shot, he was forced to put Brock Lesner over in a street fight. Brock absolutely did not need that win, but Dean did, he needed it to be seen as the true main eventer he is.
And the sub-par feud Dean had with Chris Jericho didn’t help matters. So I began to resign myself to the possibility that WWE’s higher-ups once again didn’t know what they had in another great talent. And I planned to relish every moment Dean was on TV, from his mid-card feuds to his talk show segments. But then all of a sudden it happened, a small glimmer of hope, Dean was booked into the Money in the Bank Ladder match. Then an even bigger glimmer of hope, Dean during his talk show segment with Rollins and Reigns teased that if he won Money in the Bank he would cash it in on the very same night. But I didn’t get my hopes up, why would I, lately every time I did I would be terribly disappointed by WWE’s booking. But then it did happen, Dean won Money in the Bank, and I was jumping on my couch like Tom Cruise. “Could it be?” I thought, could Dean Ambrose finally be getting his shot.
Come to the World Title match I was beginning to think it wasn’t going to happen at that moment, Roman looked like he was going to retain the Title in superhero fashion, turning away a better than ever Seth Rollins, and they were never going to have Dean cash in on Roman. And I once again went back into the cranky/cynical mode I had become famous for (sorry again about that). But then Seth Rollins did it, he actually pinned Roman Reigns clean 1..2…3. And with that came another glimmer of hope, for if WWE’s higher-ups were willing to take the Title off Roman this early due to his push clearly flopping…maybe just maybe Dean will get his shot soon enough after all. And sure enough, Ambrose music hit, and I was marking out so much, screaming so loudly I’m surprised my neighbours didn’t call the police. The next thing I know Dean Ambrose was WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and all my frustrations, all my criticisms of WWE went out the window.I was a kid again, the same odd and often bullied kid who first fell in love with this amazing form of entertainment, this art form called Professional Wrestling at the tender age of four. I honestly can’t remember the last time felt that way watching a WWE show, I had missed it so much. And it was exactly what I needed to restore my faith in WWE. I am so beyond happy that the “Lunatic Era” has begun.
What it means for WWE.
I honestly have no idea what WWE has in store for us in the coming months, and that’s a good thing. WWE had become far too predictable and boring, they needed to shake things up. And Dean Ambrose Title win is a shake up. But what does it mean for the upcoming brand split?
What does it mean for Roman Reigns, will he turn heel? What does it mean for Seth Rollins, will he turn babyface? All these questions we don’t have the answers too, and that's exactly why people are going to be tuning into WWE programming as opposed to all the tuning out that’s been happening lately. I am honestly so bloody excited to see what WWE programming has in store for us, and I can’t wait to see Ambrose leading the charge for the next generation.
How do you feel about it all WNW People?
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