After winning the Beat the Clock Challenge on Raw, Dean Ambrose rolls into SmackDown with a major decision to make: What will the stipulation for his match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam be? Will he choose a match that allows him to get his hands on his former friend, or will the bout focus on the guaranteed title opportunity he had stolen away from him last month at Money in the Bank?
We find out Friday.
Speaking of Ambrose, he will be in action in the main event as he takes on "The Viper" Randy Orton in singles competition. Will the Lunatic Fringe suffer the same devastating assault that former Shield teammate Roman Reigns did at the hands of the 14-time heavyweight champion, or will he roll through the third-generation Superstar en route to his SummerSlam showdown with Rollins?
Chris Jericho and Paige, both of whom are involved in major bouts come August 17, will appear on the SyFy broadcast this week. What will they be up to just nine days before the summertime extravaganza? Find out now, courtesy of our friends over at WrestlingInc.com!
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- Dean Ambrose kicked off the show but was interrupted by Seth Rollins; Ambrose announced that his match with Rollins at SummerSlam will be a Lumberjack match. Ambrose vs. Randy Orton was announced for the night's main event.
- Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler.
- Big Show and Mark Henry defeated RybAxel.
- Sin Cara defeated Damien Sandow.
- Paige defeated Natalya.
- Rusev defeated Big E; He and Lana cut a pro-Russia promo after the match.
- Chris Jericho cut a promo about Bray Wyatt.
- Ambrose vs. Orton ended in a no-contest when Seth Rollins interfered; a huge melee ensued to end the show.
SmackDown has become the Dean Ambrose Show in recent weeks, and with good reason. The young star has grown into one of the most interesting and entertaining stars on the roster, making the most of the opportunity presented to him.
The fact that he opens and closes the show proves that management has great trust in him to carry a show on his back, despite so many questions about his ability to succeed as a legitimate babyface attraction. He generates a huge reaction from the audience thanks to the unique nature of his character and the fact that he is so incredibly different from the other more traditional good guys on the roster.
His match with Randy Orton should be stellar, if past bouts are any indication. Monday night, the former United States champion wrestled a phenomenal match against Alberto Del Rio and will be looking to build on the momentum he has coming out of that match.
The announcement of a Lumberjack match between him and Rollins at SummerSlam is somewhat curious. With the intensity and aggression involved in the rivalry, it seemed more logical for a Street Fight or No Holds Barred match to bring about the conclusion of their feud. Instead, their first pay-per-view bout looks more likely to be the latest chapter in their story rather than the conclusion.
Paige's victory over Natalya, especially if it comes in a competitive match, is exactly the sort of win the former Divas champion needs heading into her rematch against AJ Lee for the title at SummerSlam. Natalya is an established and respected competitor and while the likelihood it lives up to its dream match potential is unlikely thanks to television time restraints, the two Divas are still capable of delivering a quality bout.
The inclusion of Superstars such as Big Show, Mark Henry and Sin Cara, none of whom have played significant roles on television of late, can be attributed to the amount of talent touring overseas in Australia.
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