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The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show 6/17/15

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This week, Chad Dukes is joined by Jim Ross to talk about the life and legacy of Dusty Rhodes and the rise of Kevin Owens.  Also on this edition, Dukes reviews WWE’s Money in the Bank with Goat and Thom

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Money In The Bank 2015 Results


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Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose

The match ended when both Rollins and Ambrose were at the top of the ladder pulling down the belt and both fell to the mat and by the time they hit Rollins had possession of the title giving him the win in a photo finish.

After a slow start, this turned out to be a really great compelling main event.  It wasn’t a traditional ladder match in the sense that it was built around climbing the ladder, but rather around two rivals wanting to murder each other with ladders and chairs and tables.  So I give them credit for turning the ladder match convention on it’s ears. Brutal, brutal beating

Brutal, brutal beating taken/given by both men, but especially Dean Ambrose, particularly the two powerbombs into the barricade.  I enjoyed the psychology of Rollins taking out Ambrose’s knee to impede his climbing and Ambrose continuing to fight through the injury, very old school.   Between Rollins working the leg and Ambrose’s post match promo channeling “Hard Times”, I have to wonder if the entire match was designed as a Flair-Rhodes tribute.

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Kevin Owens on The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show


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Editor’s Note: The interview with Kevin Owens was recorded before news of the passing of Dusty Rhodes was announced.  Rhodes meant a great deal to Kevin Owens and you can read his thoughts on the Dream’s passing HERE.  Our thoughts are with the Runnels family and everyone in the wrestling industry his immense talent touched. 

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NXT Champion Kevin Owens joined the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show on Thursday to promote his Champion versus Champion rematch with John Cena at the Money in the Bank show Sunday on PPV and the WWE Network.  During the interview Owens talked about his success in WWE so far, his son’s reactions to wrestling John Cena, the importance of the NXT title, blocking kids on Twitter, and more.

Follow Kevin Owens on Twitter @FightOwensFight and check out his match this Sunday on the WWE Network.

Thank you to Kevin for being on the show and thanks as always to Joe V. from WWE for arranging the interview.

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Lunatic Superstar: The Rise of Dean Ambrose


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“There are three things that will survive a nuclear explosion. Twinkies. Cockroaches. And Dean Ambroses.”

When the Shield disbanded, the man you could possibly fear getting lost in the chaos was Dean Ambrose. Seth Rollins had the (kayfabe) backing of the boss and Roman Reigns has had a rocket strapped to his back for the last few months with strong showings at the Survivor Series & Royal Rumble. Ambrose was the tricky one. Anyone familiar with his independent work know he’s a great talker who works well as a villain, but after Rollins’ unexpected betrayal could Dean Ambrose pull off the sympathetic babyface?

It seemed like a foregone conclusion earlier this year that when the Shield dissolved, Ambrose would get his evil on. But that didn’t happen. Instead of disbanding back around WrestleMania, the Shield naturally eased into the role of fan favorites and Dean adapted his persona just slightly to fit within the Shield’s new paradigm. After Rollins’ fracturing of the Shield I was worried if this Dean Ambrose, wacky bro of Reigns and Rollins, could survive. So far, my fears are unfounded. Judging by the pops the “Lunatic Fringe” has received the past two nights on Money in the Bank & Raw, the WWE Universe agrees.

In the wake of Rollins’ alliance with the Authority, Dean Ambrose has found it. Call it his inner Roddy Piper, but the psychotic but lovable anti-hero persona that Ambrose now embodies could make him into the Next Big Thing.

Now, this might be a lofty comparison, but Dean Ambrose is an “Austin 3:16″ moment away from being a huge deal. Much like the Stone Cold Steve Austin character of the Attitude Era– the guy who beats up his boss on television on a weekly basis, Ambrose has tapped into something that works well for WWE Superstars: his plight is relatable–revenge. People can relate to being screwed over by a friend, be it high school, college, or in the workplace. However, the sane among us stew and don’t take the law into our own hands. Dean Ambrose is embodiment the devil on your shoulder urging you to do those horrible things and think those horrible thoughts.

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The Day After: Raw 6/30/14

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Did you skip Raw last night out of some misguided protest of John Cena winning his 15th world title?  If so, you missed one hell of a show.  The WWE writers took their Limitless pills sometime on Monday morning.

First of all – Dean Ambrose.  Holy hell, here’s a guy on the cusp of being something special.  He elicits such a genuine response from the crowd whenever he appears on-screen.  The former United States Champion appeared on the Titantron early in the show to let Seth Rollins know that his MITB briefcase contained not a contract, but TNT; whenever the Authority’s… “Chosen One” would attempt to cash it in, Ambrose would be there to thwart the effort.  Foreshadowing.

Rewind to the show’s beginning, which kicked off with the Champ telling the Authority that he preferred the “hard way” rather than being “in their pocket” like Orton, Kane, and Rollins.  Trips then announced that Cena would defend his title at Battleground in a Fatal Fourway against Orton, Kane, and Roman Reigns.  The faces would team against the heels in tonight’s main event.

The show’s grand finale was a great match, with the wrestlers seemingly fired-up by a crowd that had been hot all night.  One of the main purposes of the match served to continue Reigns’ elevation to main-event status.   Battleground will be his second consecutive show-closing match as a pay-per-view star.   At Money In The Bank, it was in an eight-man match.  Now, it will be a four-man match.  He may not be ready to carry the show in a one-on-one capacity quite yet, but the end of Raw last night (keep reading…) showed that day is in the not-too-distant future.

The match’s ending was a means to an end.  Kane hit Cena with a chair to cause a DQ as Orton and Reigns brawled to the back.  The Demon tombstoned the Champ, at which point Hunter waved out Rollins to cash-in.  The crowd popped, eager to see the special moment.  However, the BIG pop came when Ambrose hit the ring and attacked Rollins, fulfilling his promise to blow-up the Architect’s spot.  Crescendo… Kane raises a chair to hit Cena again, but was met with a Spear by Reigns.  Roman let out his battle cry, and stared down Triple H from only a few feet away.  For the first time that I can remember, the crowd chanted “This is Awesome!” as Raw faded to black.

Subtle note: Reigns sprinted back towards the ring.  Orton did not.  Do the math on who won the brawl.

Further – For those keeping score at home, the true stars of last night’s main event were Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins.  Cena may have the belts, but he does not own the spotlight.

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