At Sunday night's Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston with the Headlock DDT to win the United States Championship, marking the wrestler's first WWE title victory.
The match itself?
Eh, it was a perfectly fine undercard bout. Nothing too bad, but it wasn't great either. It certainly couldn't compare to Ambrose's previous bouts this year, or Kingston's fantastic main event match May 1 with Antonio Cesaro.
The two wrestlers may have also been hampered by a lack of time (the match went slightly under seven minutes).
Let's start out by saying, this result isn't really a surprise.
Going in, it seemed obvious Ambrose would emerge victorious.
As the standout member of the renegade group The Shield, his career has been on a roll over the past six months. It made perfect sense for him to win a respected (well, sort of) secondary title as he continued his fast climb up the career ladder.
Besides, jobbing him out to the career midcarder Kingston would have been a colossal failure. Like it or not, Kingston has been stuck in the same position for years and isn't going anywhere in WWE; Ambrose is.
The Shield member winning clean was the only logical result. For all its booking missteps recently, even WWE's booking team knew this.
Will the two continue to feud as Kingston aims to get his belt back? Well, let's hope not. It remains to be seen how Ambrose, a rising star, can really be aided by a prolonged feud with the former champion.
Let's face it: Once you've fought The Undertaker on SmackDown and come out looking very credible, as Ambrose did on the April 26 SmackDown, feuding with Kingston is a major step down.
Oh, it's not that Kingston is bad. Indeed, as the Cesaro match showed, he can be spectacular on occasion. But his bland one-dimensional personality means that he is slotted in a certain place, and Ambrose should really be mingling with main eventers right now.
Additionally, the United States title and its tarnished image can be helped by its association with the former EVOLVE star. When Cesaro, and later, Kingston carried it, it was usually treated as an after thought and defended on main event.
When was the last time the belt was making regular appearances on Raw, anyway?
So what does Sunday night mean?
Well, Ambrose's career remains (thankfully) on track, and the United States title may very well be about to return to prominence, at long last.
It's hard to argue with the result here.
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