Dean Ambrose's Television Absence Will Help Feud with Seth Rollins

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2014


The heated war between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins just got biblical.

At the conclusion of yet another captivating match, their second in two nights, Rollins performed his violent Curb Stomp finisher on Ambrose over a cinder block.

The big angle coincides with (h/t reporting Ambrose will be taking time away from television to film the WWE Studios movie Lockdown. The absence also makes sense for storyline purposes.

Like most great feuds, Ambrose vs. Rollins comes with many layers. Rollins infamously turned on his former Shield ally back in June. In response, Ambrose vowed to haunt Rollins’ every move and prevent him from ever cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase, which Rollins won one month later.

In order to ensure Rollins could properly cash in his briefcase someday, The Authority had to get rid of its Ambrose problem, which is exactly what appeared to happen last week on Raw.

“We will probably never see or hear from Dean Ambrose again,” Triple H said during his latest sit-down interview with Michael Cole.

The idea of Ambrose being gone for good will only add to the drama of his inevitable return. But if this is going to be a long-term angle, Ambrose’s disappearance will help prevent a top rivalry from becoming stale.

With Ambrose out of commission, Rollins will be afforded the opportunity to expand his singles repertoire by working with other talent while maintaining ties to his rival.

Much of this storyline has revolved around Rollins’ Money in the Bank briefcase, so ideally the two should have a match with the briefcase on the line. December’s Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view presents the perfect stage to do so in some variation of a ladder match.

If this indeed is the plan, Ambrose’s strategic absence will facilitate the buildup. After all, WWE still has three pay-per-views before TLC.

Rollins also has the opportunity to do more work in promos. Thus far, he has shined in the ring as a heel with an innovative offense. But too much wrestling without promos will make Rollins a weak heel. In fact, his move set is too exciting to get proper heel heat.

Weeks of boasting that he ended Ambrose’s career will further cement Rollins as one of the premier villains in WWE and will make his eventual comeuppance much more enjoyable for fans.

Despite an apparent blow-off that has separated Rollins from Ambrose, their feud remains at its most pivotal point. Now that it has slowed down, fans will be able to digest the underhanded motivations and explanations from Rollins and The Authority.

As a result, the WWE’s best feud will only get better.