When Dean Ambrose returned from injury just before SummerSlam this year, many fans had expected or heard that the Lunatic Fringe might be heading for a heel turn.
Prior to his injury right at the start of 2018, Ambrose had been set to turn on Rollins and enter into a WrestleMania programme with his stablemate.
However, after Roman Reigns announced that he had been diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time in his life and would be stepping away from WWE, few expected it to take place that very night.
Straight after Rollins and Ambrose won the tag team titles once more, Ambrose destroyed Rollins to shock the world and the two have been embroiled in a rivalry ever since.
This Sunday, the pair square off at TLC for the Intercontinental title and during an interview with The Show on Rock 105.3, Rollins broke down the heel turn.
“You know, it’s one of those things, where obviously the situation with Roman is real life, and very unfortunate,” Rollins said. “But at the end of the day, I understand why Ambrose did what he did on that night, in the sense that Roman was going to be gone. There was no if, and or buts that he was going to be gone. And so if you’re going to strike out on your own, you’re going to try and make a name for yourself, I understand to a point, doing it on that night.
"You’re going to make the biggest impact you can make, and if that’s your goal, if you’re saying your story is that The Shield has made you weak, and you kind of want to step out of the light so to speak, out of the shadows, that’s going to be the best time to do it. You’re going to have the most eyes on you that night, that moment, and you’re going to get the most people talking about it.”
“It sucked, especially for Shield fans, and it was an emotional roller coaster of a night, going from the announcement that Roman made earlier in the night, to me and Ambrose winning the Tag Team Titles later in the night by defeating Ziggler and McIntyre, and then Ambrose doing what he did.
"It was a lot to take in, if you’re a viewer and you’re a fan, but you’re never going to forget where you were that night, if you were watching on TV or if you were live, you’re never going to forget that, and really that’s what we do, is we create moments that you’re going to remember for the rest of your life, good or bad.”
While Rollins is talking in kayfabe, it is very interesting to hear him break down Ambrose's character's motivations and explain their story.
Their feud hasn't quite hit the right notes yet, so there is a lot of pressure for both men to deliver on Sunday.
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