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WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns with The Pedigree
Money In The Bank Cash-In for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins with Dirty Deeds
For the second time in seven months, a Money in the Bank cash-in has ended a new champion’s ever so brief reign.
Dean Ambrose cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase won earlier in the evening to become the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion after immediately after Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns in a 25+ minute match to re-capture the championship he didn’t lose. While the crowd, predictably wasn’t into a match predominately controlled by “The Guy,” both Reigns and Rollins did great here, highlighted by a bonkers Spear-turned-Pedigree spot towards the end of the match. Rollins nailed a second pedigree for the title win. Which then cued, Dean Ambrose making good on his threat to cash-in should he win the Money in the Bank contract. Ambrose, echoing the chair shot which shattered the Shield, came in hit Rollins with the briefcase from behind to signal his cash-in. One Dirty Deeds later, the Lunatic Fringe was champion.
Ambrose’s win comes a year after losing in a photo finish to Seth Rollins at last year’s Money in the Bank title match and marks all three members of the Shield holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, on the same night no less.
VIDEO: Ambrose’s First Interview as WWE World Champion via WWE
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Payback airs tonight on the WWE Network, and is being billed as the first major event of the “New Era.”
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
The main event perhaps best epitomizes what the “New Era” may entail – establishment versus independents. Reigns has been finding his way as the official face of the company for about a month, while embracing the jeers of the WWE Universe with a slightly smug swagger. An outside observer might view Reigns as a champion grown in a sterile environment – the bloodline, professional football player, has only ever wrestled in a WWE/developmental ring. Combine this with the swoonworthy looks and the marketing department of a publicly traded company, and you have a relatively young guy (not yet 31) who can parade around on talk shows in a suit and ponytail, carrying the belt with the giant company logo.
Compare and contrast to beloved Internet darling and independent “journeyman” AJ Styles. This list of indy titles, awards, and 5-star matches he’s accumulated in a 14-year career has made him one of the most respected wrestlers alive. However, he’s a 38-year old who has gotten called “rookie” on an uncomfortably regular basis. And, there will be ~18,000 people in attendance whose emotions would range from “not that upset” to “over-the-moon ecstatic” if he finds a way to win the strap tonight.
That dichotomy is only half the bout. Lurking ringside will undoubtedly be the Gallows and Machine Gun, fresh off demolishing the Usos in a fashion not often seen since the APA vs. Public Enemy. I think it’s widely expected that some form of “Club” will result from this match – Gallows, Anderson, and AJ Styles? Or, Gallows, Anderson, and Finn Balor? Or, Gallows, Anderson… and Roman Reigns? The “New Era” will almost certainly commence with the dawning of a new super stable.
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It’s here, it’s here! WrestleMania Sunday. Time to run through the card and get you ready for the Showcase of the Immortals! In addition to this preview, be sure to listen to Big Shooter, Thomasso, & Goat give their thoughts on WrestleMania from this week’s show.
Don’t forget! WrestleMania starts at 7PM with the Kickoff Show starting up in an hour at 5PM on the WWE Network with THREE matches.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (C) vs. Roman Reigns
On the heels of a broken nose, parking lot, and ringside brawls, Roman Reigns finally gets Triple H in the ring, presumably, one-on-one for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship much to the chagrin of the “smark” portion of the WWE Universe in your main event of the evening in Dallas.
For months he Authority had being trying to keep Reigns from the championship, be it when Seth Rollins was champion or when the title was declared vacant. However, Reigns finally captured the gold, for longer than 5 minutes that is, on the December 14th Raw. Unfortunately for Reigns, The Authority and Mr. McMahon weren’t done messing with the Samoan Superstar. Reigns was then forced to defend his WWE Championship in the Royal Rumble Match where Triple H made his return to capture Reigns’ title. Triple H would go on to break the former champion’s nose and sideline him for several weeks. Now that Reigns has returned he’s set his sights on stalking the Game all over the arena in several intense brawls leading to tonight’s match.
Dukes – Reigns
Thom- Triple H
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Neville Injury – SEScoops
SEScoops is reporting Neville suffered a broken ankle & shin when he attempted a slide between Chris Jericho’s legs last night on Raw. Um…ouch. Here’s to a speedy recovery for the Man that Gravity forgot.
New Mania Matches – WWE.com
Six matches are now confirmed for WrestleMania with The Usos vs. The Dudleyz and the 3rd Annual Andre The Giant Battle Royal added last night during Raw. Something involving the IC Title (Owens vs Zayn one on one please?), AJ Styles versus Chris Jericho, The New Day versus The League of Nations, a six-Diva tag Match, and Ryback versus Kalisto are expected to be added soon considering what happened last night on Raw.
Jacqueline to the Hall – Fox Sports
Former Women’s and Cruiserweight Champion Jacqueline was announced yesterday as the latest inductee into the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
Hopefully setting the precedent for future international house show live broadcasts, WWE’s Beast in the East special from Ryougoku Sumo Hall featured a red-hot opening match, a Brock Lesnar thrashing, and an incredible NXT championship match. The commentary team of Michael Cole and Byron Saxon did a great job, outside of a few mispronunciations of Japanese talents, mentioning the history and background of the WWE superstars and other promotions in Japan. If you get the chance check out one of the replays or catch it on demand!
Chris Jericho vs. Neville
Fantastic opener that told a cranky veteran versus hot young upstart story. Neville’s quickness and agility clearly wowed the Japanese crowd as they gasped each time he effortlessly leaped from high-flying maneuver to maneuver. As the match went on Jericho showed more and more heelish tendencies, kicking Neville in the head while he was down. Jericho got in all his signature spots from the Lionsault to the Code Breaker to the Walls of Jericho. There was a great high spot where Jericho hit a codebreaker on a diving Neville. Jericho got the victory after Neville went for the Red Arrow for the third time but Jericho got his knees up and locked in the Liontamer, the much more brutal version of the Walls of Jericho.
Winner: Chris Jericho
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