Dean Ambrose Beats Baron Corbin to Retain IC Title at WWE WrestleMania 33

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2017

Photo credit: WWE.com.

Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 33 on Sunday to win his first career WrestleMania singles match and retain the Intercontinental Championship.

Corbin attempted to hit End of Days, but Ambrose countered out of the move. Ambrose then kicked Corbin in the midsection to set up Dirty Deeds for the victory. WWE shared a photo of the winning pinfall:


ONE-TWO-THREEEEEEEE! @TheDeanAmbrose plants @BaronCorbinWWE with some #DirtyDeeds to RETAIN the #ICTitle LIVE on #WrestleMania Kickoff! https://t.co/IufqoSMFj4

James Rolls thought both the match and overall story failed to deliver:

James @JamesRollsJr

Awful build-up and a lackluster match. Very glad this wasn't on the main show. #WrestleMania

Ambrose and Corbin entered the Showcase of Immortals embroiled in one of WWE's most intense and heated rivalries.

The issues between them date back to Elimination Chamber, as Ambrose eliminated Corbin only to get brutally attacked after the fact, which resulted in the Lunatic Fringe being eliminated as well.

Ambrose got some level of revenge on the Lone Wolf by eliminating him from a battle royal to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship, but Corbin once again took his frustrations out on his rival after being bested.

Corbin then jumped Ambrose backstage on SmackDown Live and hit him with a steel pipe, which resulted in the unstable Superstar's hospitalization.

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Corbin wasn't done there, though, as he upped the ante by trapping Ambrose under a forklift backstage, which kept the former Shield member out of action for a week.

Upon his return, Ambrose distracted Corbin during a match against Randy Orton by driving a forklift out to the stage. Corbin lost focus as well as the match when The Viper hit him with an RKO.

Corbin had previously challenged Ambrose to a WrestleMania match for the Intercontinental Championship, and he took that opportunity to accept.

Ambrose then appeared on Talking Smack and made it clear that Corbin would be in for an all-out brawl on the Grandest Stage of Them All, according to WWE's official Twitter account:


"When you're in there with me, you better be ready to get some dirt underneath your fingernails!" - @TheDeanAmbrose #TalkingSmack https://t.co/W2LmVOPs2D

Sunday's match marked perhaps the biggest bout of Corbin's career since making his debut last year at WrestleMania 32.

The Lone Wolf made an instant impact by winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but being in a singles match gave him an individual spotlight.

WWE seems to have a great deal of confidence in Corbin in terms of making him one of SmackDown's top heels moving forward, but Ambrose's victory suggests the creative team isn't quite ready to push him to the top. 

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