Craig Wilson, Brian Damage and Jamie Lithgow
Later this month on the WWE Network’s ‘Roadblock’ special, Triple H will defend the WWE title against Dean Ambrose. Is this just to appease the fans or is serious consideration been given to changing the WrestleMania 32 main event? All that and more is discussed in this latest Sunday Sermon.
Craig: One thing I’m sure we can all agree on is that it would certainly be a bold move. The WWE has reacted to fan pressure before – Daniel Bryan being the prime example – but I still see Vince digging his heels in when it comes to Reigns. He’s spent so long trying to get him over with the WWE fans and this would be a huge admission that he got it wrong and a massive blow to Reigns.
That said, it could happen though, couldn’t it? Don’t get me wrong. The chances of this match being one-on-one with no outside interference is staggeringly remote. So there is a possibility that interference, or indeed botched interference, could cost Triple H the gold and send Dean Ambrose to WrestleMania as champion.
Does it set up another three-way between Ambrose, Reigns and Brock or does Triple H get chucked in to make it a fatal-fourway? Or can you really not see the WWE going with Ambrose as WWE champion into WrestleMania?
Brian: I think this will be nothing more than a way to tease fans into believing something else other than the predictable Reigns/Triple H main event will occur while Reigns is off TV. I know Dean Ambrose is popular with fans…I get that…I just don’t see a switch at this point. Dean Ambrose isn’t getting Daniel Bryan-esque reactions when he comes out.
I think the reason Daniel Bryan was added a couple of years ago was because the reactions were so deafening and Batista was clearly not liked. Roman Reigns while booed…still gets cheers mixed in, so there is hope there. At least from McMahon’s perspective.
Craig: It has certainly succeeded in getting fans a bit more excited, largely in hope, rather than expectation, I imagine but still.
One thing the WWE deserves credit for is how they’ve been able to heat up Ambrose once again. It wasn’t long ago he was languishing in the midcard look increasingly lost in the shuffle. Now, he’d not really look that out of place in the main event picture. Especially, if Wrestling Observer reports are true, that it was meant to be Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose at Roadblock. Shows how over Ambrose is at the moment. Maybe, really, the top babyface…?
Could, though, he still force his way into the main event at WrestleMania or do we really just think that it will be Triple H vs. Roman Reigns?
Jamie: There’s is absolutely no part of me that thinks Dean Ambrose will be inserted into the Wrestlemania main event, I just don’t see it. Also, isn’t he facing Brock Lesnar? However, I can make a case for him winning the title at Roadblock only to drop it on the following episode of Raw. While popular, I don’t see Ambrose as a guy WWE will push as champion for weeks and months. He’s more like a Mick Foley; i.e. credible enough to win the title, but as part of angle rather than a ‘new direction’ WWE might take.
There is potential for a spike in interest with the title changing hands so close to Wrestlemania, but there’s also potential to shine the spotlight back onto the WWE Championship. Triple H and Roman Reigns do not require the title for their match, it could work exactly the same as a grudge match. By switching the title between Triple H and Ambrose, Brock Lesnar would also come into play without even doing anything. Thus, a logical WWE Title scene will have been created and fans will be reminded that the belt is not just a secondary prop in Triple H and Roman Reigns’ personal feud.
Brian: I agree 100% with Jamie’s analysis about Dean Ambrose. He seems to be the odd man out of the former Shield members. If I may play devil’s advocate for a minute….does a plain old Roman Reigns versus Triple H main event sing box office for Wrestlemania? No, it doesn’t. Would a Dean Ambrose injected into that main event garner a little more interest? Absolutely!
Jamie: A triple threat does sound far more appealing as a fan. A straight singles match between Reigns and Trips does nothing for me personally. Adding Ambrose to the mix offers more scope for twists and turns – literally. That said, I just don’t see it. Fastlane saw a triple threat featuring Reigns and Ambrose, would WWE go to that well again for Wrestlemania? I wouldn’t be against it, but I don’t think they will.
WrestleMania 30 set a precedent for WWE changing plans to better suit a situation, and also for deviating from a singles match main event. I think I’m right in saying that all but three Manias have featured a singles match as the main event?
The difference is that the fans wanted Daniel Bryan in the main event, so WWE gave them what they wanted. This time it feels more like, while there is a pro-Ambrose vibe, the overwhelming feeling is what fans don’t want, and that’s Roman Reigns. There’s no way WWE are changing their mind there, so I doubt they’ll budge on booking Ambrose in the match unless Lesnar gets added too…
There’s our take. What do you think? Will Ambrose triumph at Roadblock? Leave your thoughts below.
You can read all previous Sunday Sermons here.