Dean Ambrose may be billed as the ‘Lunatic Fringe’ but he was the most sane man in the (WWE) universe when he told the world just how much of a loser Dolph Ziggler truly is.
With his promo that kicked off SmackDown, Ambrose laid to waste this narrative that has been painted for Ziggler that he’s been “held down” by management; when it comes to the reality of his onscreen character, that is simply not true.
I was very apprehensive about Ziggler being named as the #1 contender to the Super Intercontinental Championship, mainly because of WWE’s propensity to ignore build and character development for the sake of shock value. Telling a Cinderella story for Dolph Ziggler and making it seem as if throwaway world championship reigns years ago were more important than who he is right now puts up a barrier that prevents me from being invested in the story they’re attempting to tell. Acknowledging the status of his character and showing an interest in correcting course, however, is a step in the right direction.
As much as I liked John Cena’s passion on the mic in his promo on SmackDown, I have to acknowledge the fact that it had nothing whatsoever to do with AJ Styles. Even though he expressed disgust at the mere thought of Cena’s presence in WWE, AJ proposed nothing to settle the issue.
AJ’s participation in the segment amounted to nothing more than serving as a set-up for John Cena. The objective of the one-sided war of words was for Cena to introduce talk about his non-WWE ventures into WWE storylines, and AJ was merely taken along for the ride.
Check out the video below to see me go into more detail on the Cena/AJ segment, and other random thoughts from this week’s episode of SmackDown: