The show opened with Dean Ambrose coming out to talk about what kind of stipulation he would pick for his SummerSlam match against Seth Rollins.
Ambrose ran down a list of some funny options for different stipulations until Seth Rollins came out and told him that what he did last week was pretty clever, but it won't help him at SummerSlam.
Ambrose revealed that his choice would be a Lumberjack match, which seemed like an odd choice until he made his case.
He talked about how he and Rollins had made many enemies from their time in The Shield, therefore it would be those men who surrounded the ring to make sure nobody escaped.
This was a solid opening segment, but it was Ambrose who really shined here. There is a confidence he possesses that most talents just don't have, which makes him very fun to watch no matter what he's doing.
Many people have compared Ambrose to Brian Pillman due to their crazed personas, but the way Ambrose carries himself is more reminiscent of Steve Austin.
Austin had that same kind of charisma that made you believe that he honestly didn't give a damn if you loved him or hated him as long as you were watching him. The good news is that the crowd really loves this guy.
When he eventually turns heel again, Ambrose will be one of the best heels in the company, but watching him be a solo babyface is a fun ride for time being.
Some notes from the segment:
- Does anyone else think a "JBL's Cowboy Hat on a Pole" match would be hilarious? JBL didn't sound too happy about the prospect.
- I am betting that most people thought Ambrose was making fun of Michael Cole when he said Coal-miner's Glove match because he used to call his fans "Cole miners." That is actually a gimmick match from the '70s that literally has two guys fighting over a coal-miner's glove with a metal bar across the knuckles. Props to Ambrose for knowing his stuff.
- This segment did not get uploaded, so instead you get the SmackDown Fallout interview with Big Show and Mark Henry. Big Show does a funny impression of Hulk Hogan.