Why Dean Ambrose's loss at WWE Roadblock was the wrong call

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When WWE Roadblock was promoted from a mere house show in Ontario Canada to a full blown network special, there were those of us who thought that maybe - just maybe - the WWE had something big planned. 

The show featured a fine match card which offered Enzo Amore & Collin Cassidy, a killer match between Natalya & Charlotte plus the recently promoted Sami Zayn who took on Stardust in a pretty decent match.  

However, the main talking point of this show was the billed main event of Triple H versus Dean Ambrose.  Dean Ambrose, sadly, suffered a defeat on this show and, although he was made to look very good against the veteran Triple H, he still lost and virtually confirmed the network special to be nothing more than a house show with hype.  


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Following the show, I decided to explore the cons to Ambrose losing this match and have provided three reasons why I believe the call made by the man in charge to have Dean Ambrose lose to Triple H was the wrong one.  

3. Dean is over with the audience

If you have been following Monday Night Raw for the past few weeks, you will know that Dean Ambrose has been hitting the ball out of the park night after night.  The man has been feuding not only with Triple H, but with Brock Lesnar too - these two feuds have kept the "Lunatic Fringe" very busy and have made him the number one face in the company in the wake of his "brother's" absence.  

Ambrose has been popular with the WWE's audience since the day he arrived at the company, but it perhaps has not been as noticeable as it has been over the past few weeks.  Dean's popularity combined with a hot Canadian crowd would have made for a perfect, special victory - one of those rare feel-good moments that capture the hearts of the audience and create a star, ala Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 30.  

This could have easily been one of those nights but whoever was in charge of the booking clearly felt different.

2. Not a believable opponent for Brock Lesnar

This one is debatable because let's be honest, is there anyone on the current roster who is a believable opponent for Brock Lesnar? Since conquering The Undertaker's streak at Wrestlemania 30, Brock has been unstoppable.

Yes, he has suffered one or two losses since that iconic night in New Orleans, but none by direct pinfall or submission.  Dean Ambrose has lost plenty of matches between Wrestlemania 30 and now and - despite being billed as the indestructible cockroach that simply refuses to die - I simply do not believe that any casual fan would view Ambrose as a legitimate threat to Brock Lesnar.  

1. No one wants Reigns vs HHH at 'Mania

If you thought that this article was going to make it to the end without a Roman Reigns mention the I'm afraid you were wrong.  Let me get this straight: I like Roman Reigns.  I believe that Roman has become somewhat underrated by "smart" fans.

He is decent in the ring and isn't that bad on the microphone when he isn't forced to recite fairy tales and Looney Tunes. However, do I really want to see him face off with Triple H in the main event of Wrestlemania32? The same Wrestlemania that is likely going to contain their largest audience ever?

No, I do not - and neither does anyone else.  I'd say that Roman Reigns has received John Cena's mantle of being the most polarising figure in the WWE, but that would imply that enough people like him to counter-act the dislike to make him polarising.  

He is simply not connecting with the WWE audience - and especially not like the adored Dean Ambrose. Force-feeding the "WWE Universe" with someone who does not have this connection will never work. The sooner Vince McMahon realises that his pet project has failed the sooner he can begin to rehab the poor guy before it really is too late.  

The main event of this year's Wrestlemania can still be saved.  I've never been a fan in triple-threat matches in the main event (especially so soon after Bryan vs Batista vs Orton at Wrestlemania 30) but it might just be their only choice.  

Lesnar is possibly entering a new feud with Bray Wyatt and, if that is the case, Ambrose is free to be entered into this year's main event.  With Rollins and Reigns both having won the World Title on at least one occasion, maybe this is Ambrose's year.   

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