Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton
While the country celebrated its independence Friday night, Dean Ambrose capped off his monumental star-making week with a huge main event match on SmackDown.
The Lunatic Fringe not only had to combat the "The Viper" Randy Orton, but he also had to keep an eye on Money in the Bank winner Seth Rollins at ringside and battle through the tremendous pain in his shoulder. Despite Orton targeting his injury, Ambrose remained competitive and was able to hang blow-for-blow with the former WWE World Heavyweight champion.
The temptation proved to be too much, and Ambrose attacked Rollins at ringside. When he re-entered the ring, he was re-energized and had Orton on the ropes. Unfortunately for him, Rollins blasted him in the shoulder with the Money in the Bank briefcase, drawing a disqualification decision and robbing Ambrose of what would have been the biggest win of his career.
Roman Reigns came to his partner's aid, sending Orton and Rollins scurrying and setting up a potential blockbuster tag match as soon as Monday's Raw.
The main event was a great way to finish out a spectacular week of World Wrestling Entertainment television. It continued to spotlight the three former Shield members as they embark on their singles career, and it reminded fans of just how good and underrated a worker Randy Orton is.
"I'm gonna do it for little Daniel!"
There were a lot of concerns about Bo Dallas and whether or not the second-generation star would be able to succeed in World Wrestling Entertainment after his main roster call-up. After all, the gimmick worked in front of the smaller, more intimate NXT crowd but so did Adam Rose, who has failed miserably.
Friday night was a perfect example of why Dallas has succeeded. He is a compelling character who is hilarious but looks like he has a dark side just waiting to emerge if the opportunity presents itself.
The promo he cut on Daniel Bryan and how he was going to win "for little Daniel" was outstanding. Rather than cut a typical heel promo after being humiliated Sunday night during the Money in the Bank, he belittled Bryan and did so in the most backhanded manner.
In the ring, he mocked Los Matadores' Diego, then proceeded to beat him. When El Torito tried to attack him after the match, he momentarily lost his cool and delivered a big press slam, eliciting a chorus of boos from an audience otherwise behind him.
It was that brief moment in which anger took over Dallas and he did something the crowd did not appreciate. Whether that is an element of the character that will be explored more over the next few weeks remains to be seen, but if it is, expect the Bo Dallas character to get even more interesting and over than he already is.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
The United States Championship match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio kicked off the in-ring portion of this week's show and did so quite effectively.
The two Superstars have competed against each other a number of times over the last two years, and it showed as the chemistry again proved to be strong.
Del Rio pulling off a rare moonsault from the middle rope was unexpected and proved to be the Mexican aristocrat's downfall. Sheamus rolled out of the way, Del Rio tumbled to the mat and proceeded to run directly into a Brogue Kick from the Celtic Warrior.
Sheamus continues to be a workhorse for WWE, oftentimes turning in the best matches of any given week. While his character is hardly appealing at this point, it is hard to deny that he is one of the best workers of 2014 through the first six months of the year.