The WWE World Heavyweight title is set to be defended very soon, and I’m not talking about WrestleMania.
As we learned this week on Raw, Dean Ambrose is set to go one on one with WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H, at a WWE live special, WWE Roadblock, in Toronto, Ontario.
This is partially to build up Ambrose as he goes into his match with Brock Lesnar and partially to give Roman Reigns time to recover from nasal surgery before he picks up his feud with The Game.
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All signs point to Triple H retaining, perhaps through some outside interference or other dirty tactics. But, what if, just what if, The Lunatic Fringe did the impossible?
Yes, it would go against most of the storylines WWE has set up for Mania, but could it work? Could the WWE once again be changing their main event of 'Mania as they go along? If they are, then they need to do it very carefully.
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How I would do it is like this: Dean wins the match - and thus the title - after dodging some intended interference on behalf of Triple H. The shock win generates a huge pop and Ambrose celebrates over a beaten Triple H with his adoring fans.
The next night on Raw, Ambrose comes out at the top of the show to huge applause. He gives a long thank you speech to all the fans who have supported him over the recent weeks. He holds the belt up high, emotional and joyous, when Triple H’s music hits. The Cerebral Assassin comes down to the ring and mockingly congratulates Dean. He then books Dean in a match with Sheamus, which Dean wins, but gets beaten up by the League of Nations.
After that, Triple H comes back out and proclaims that Dean will be defending his WWE title later that night – against him. Triple H invoke his rematch and the commentators are left wondering how a broke Ambrose is going to overcome this.
The Cerebral Assassin comes down to the ring and mockingly congratulates Dean. He then books the new champion into a match with Sheamus, which Dean wins, but gets beaten up by the League of Nations. After that, Triple H comes back out and proclaims that Dean will be defending his WWE title later that night – against him. Triple H invokes his rematch and the commentators are left wondering how a broken Ambrose is going to overcome this.
The deck is stacked
We skip through the rest of the show and get to the main event. Ambrose is all tapped up but comes out with confidence. Triple H dominates the match, taking advantage of the injuries inflicted on Dean by Sheamus and co. earlier on that night. Dean gets some wind back and overcomes his injuries, drawing a huge pop from the crowd.
After hitting Triple H with all his usual moves, Ambrose hits the elbow on a standing Triple H, who falls backwards into the referee. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds, unaware of the referee being out of action, covers him and the crowd count three. Ambrose sits up and realises the ref is down, then turns around into a spinebuster.
The COO then goes to the outside and gets a chair. He beats Ambrose down with it and then places it underneath him. He lines Dean up for a Pedigree on the chair, when, out of nowhere, Roman Reigns arrives to save the day. He Spears Hunter, removes the chair and revives the referee, who counts to three as Ambrose makes a weak cover on Triple H to retain his title.
An unlikely betrayal
Reigns then raises Ambrose’s arm in victory, but then, to everyone’s surprise, Spears him, leaving his brother-in-arms down and out. He then picks up the belt and holds it high above his head.
The next night Reigns explains that Dean took the title from Triple H without deserving it and that it should have been him that beat The Game. Ambrose retaliates by recounting all the times in 2015 he was inches away from winning the title and all the times that Roman Reigns was the one who stopped him (Survivor Series and Fastlane).
Reigns says that he’s the rightful number one contender for the title now Triple H has been beaten and the match is set – heel Reigns vs face Ambrose, brother vs brother on the grandest stage of them all.
As for Brock Lesnar (who is set to face Dean at Mania currently), you just have him get beaten up by the Wyatt family at Roadblock, put his feud with Ambrose on hold and pursue Bray, which is the match everyone expected to happen at WrestleMania anyway.
Ambrose vs Reigns would a great way to put Dean Ambrose into the main event of WrestleMania where he belongs. The WWE will have a hard time selling Reigns as the face against Triple H because he is just so unpopular with the fans. Everyone is behind Ambrose and him overcoming the odds, slaying The Authority and then defeating his jealous ex-friend in the main event of the biggest show of the year will help cement him as the next top star in the company.
Ambrose can keep the belt and then all three former Shield members can fight for it once Seth Rollins returns.
The likelihood of this happening on Saturday 12th March in Toronto are slim, but, in my opinion, this would be a great move for the WWE who are struggling to build their WrestleMania main event, and indeed, the notion that Roman Reigns is the face of the company in waiting.