Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose took their intense feud to the next level with a bizarre altercation Sunday night at Battleground.
Earlier in the evening Ambrose was ejected from the arena and WWE gave Rollins the win:
After the announcement, Ambrose burst into the ring and attacked Rollins as WrestlingINC.com and WrestleZone.com detail:
WWE provided footage of Ambrose sprinting into the ring:
Bleacher Report's Justin LaBar believes this sets up another PPV match between the two:
Rollins and Ambrose were once the best of friends along with Roman Reigns, but Rollins threw that away when he destroyed The Shield. Rollins sold out and joined The Authority, which sent Ambrose off the deep end.
Since Rollins turned on his Shield brethren, Ambrose has made it his mission to make life miserable for the high flyer. Rollins struck first blood when he won the Money in the Bank briefcase at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view with help from Kane.
The Lunatic Fringe hasn't allowed Rollins to enjoy his reign as Mr. Money in the Bank, however. Rollins has already tried to cash in on WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena on a few occasions, but he has been foiled by Ambrose each time.
Rollins began to grow tired of Ambrose's continued interference, so he set out to destroy his chief rival on the go-home edition of Raw:
He, Kane and Randy Orton initially seemed to accomplish that as they ganged up and beat down Ambrose in a brutal three-on-one attack. That left Ambrose out of the six-man tag main event and left his status for Battleground up in the air.
Ambrose is as tough and sadistic as they come, though, so it wasn't surprising to see him in the thick of things Sunday night. Ambrose had payback on his mind at Battleground, but it was Rollins who got one up on his enemy once again.
It seemed like the odds might be stacked against Ambrose with Kane, Orton and The Authority backing Rollins. In a recent interview with Anthony Benigno of WWE.com, however, Ambrose made it clear that he fears absolutely nothing in the ring.
To me, nothing (today) can be that bad. I've suffered through the worst possible conditions. I have no fear of anybody or anything happening to me in WWE because nothing can be as bad as some of the injuries I went through and some of the grotesque things that have happened to my body. ... Something like a TLC match, or a Money in the Bank (ladder) match, or No DQ, that means nothing to me. I'm like, 'Oh, okay. What could you possibly do to me if there are no rules?' Threats mean nothing to me.
Ambrose's fearlessness was on full display when he absorbed that beating from Rollins, Kane and Orton on Raw. That carried over to Battleground and it made for an absolutely incredible encounter.
As two of the fastest-rising young stars in professional wrestling, there was a lot riding on the match between Ambrose and Rollins. They are both viewed as potential future world champions and there was plenty of pressure on them to deliver.
That is precisely what they did as their styles meshed perfectly. Ambrose and Rollins figure to have many singles matches against each other over the course of their respective WWE careers. This was a spectacular start.
Rollins picking up the win was the expected result for most since he is being pushed as The Authority's chosen one. The defeat doesn't necessarily damage Ambrose either as he has developed into somewhat of a sympathetic babyface who takes losses, but doesn't lose any momentum in the process due to his popularity.
This rivalry figures to continue, so Ambrose will get his licks in as well, but Rollins is likely to benefit from coming through with a victory.
As odd as it may sound, though, these two Superstars are so talented that the results don't necessarily matter that much. They are both among the best in the business already and Sunday's match was a perfect showcase.
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