Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose finally settled their differences in the middle of the ring Sunday at SummerSlam, and it was Rollins who came away with a victory over his former friend.
Ringside Xcess had the news:
Seth Rollins defeats Dean Ambrose #SummerSlam— Ringside Xcess (@RingsideXcess) August 18, 2014
WrestlingINC.com broke down the wild scene at the end of the match:
#SummerSLam: A VICIOUS curb-stomp from Ambrose followed by interference by Kane and the place EXPLODES! Incredible action in this one!— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 18, 2014
Mike Killam of Wrestlezone provided his thoughts on the match:
That was just short of being great. Those guys should have gone 20 minutes, at least. By the time I got into it, it was over. #SummerSlam— Mike Killam (@MikeKillam) August 18, 2014
Ambrose and Rollins made up two-thirds of The Shield once upon a time, but Rollins threw it all away when he decided to join The Authority. Ever since that moment, Ambrose has made it his stated goal to make life miserable for The Architect.
WWE's Lunatic Fringe was successful in that regard leading up to Sunday's Lumberjack match, as he attacked Rollins on several occasions and even prevented him from successfully cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
In fact, Ambrose even ruined Rollins' briefcase and caused him to lose a match to Heath Slater, adding further fuel to the fire in the process.
Ambrose and Rollins were supposed to lock horns at Battleground, but Triple H had Ambrose ejected for ambushing Rollins prior to the match. Many fans were disappointed that the bout ultimately didn't happen at Battleground; however, it helped build anticipation during the build toward SummerSlam.
Many were unhappy when Ambrose chose a Lumberjack stipulation for this particular match rather than something like a ladder match with the Money in the Bank contract on the line. With that said, a Lumberjack match did make some sense within the fabric of the storyline, with Rollins often retreating.
Despite Ambrose being the aggressor throughout the feud, Rollins didn't seem at all bothered by the stipulation entering Sunday's contest:
Surround the ring with bodies we spent two years stacking up. Poetic ...justice, ha. I wouldn't have it any other way. #SummerSlam— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) August 9, 2014
The match type seemed to play into Ambrose's hands, but the skilled and conniving Rollins found a way to escape with the victory, as he so often does.
Many expected Rollins to win Sunday due to the fact that he has The Authority's backing, but WWE legend Hulk Hogan was among those who believed in Ambrose's ability to get revenge:
@SternHeidi Dean Ambrose is not a man to be messed with,Seth Rollins your day is coming my brother HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 2, 2014
When push came to shove, though, Ambrose's aggressiveness may have gotten the best of him.
In addition to winning this particular battle, it can be argued that Rollins is ahead in the war as well. As seen in this photo courtesy of WWE's Instagram account, Rollins has plenty of momentum on his side thanks to the Money in the Bank briefcase in addition to his win over Ambrose:
Many have speculated about when and where Rollins might ultimately decide to cash in. Perhaps Rollins will attempt to do so during the SummerSlam main event, but Paul Heyman advised against that should Brock Lesnar come away victorious over John Cena, per Mayer Nissim of Digital Spy.
"I have absolutely no worries about Seth Rollins taking on Brock Lesnar. Nor do I have any worries of anyone taking on Brock Lesnar," Heyman said. "There is not a man on the face of this planet that can measure up to Brock Lesnar right now - either in the octagon or inside a WWE ring."
Should the Ambrose vs. Rollins feud continue beyond SummerSlam?
If Rollins does hang on to Money in the Bank, then Ambrose could quite possibly set his sights on the briefcase. With Night of Champions being the next pay-per-view on tap, it would be somewhat apropos for Rollins to put the contract on the line.
Regardless of what future stipulations come into play, though, it seems quite likely that Ambrose and Rollins aren't done with each other by a long shot. This is a feud that still has plenty of legs and staying power, plus the two combatants have a ton of of chemistry in the ring.
Both Ambrose and Rollins are ready to make the jump to the main event at any time, but this is an angle that wrestling fans will continue to enjoy until that moment officially comes.
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