Throughout his entire independent run, Dean Ambrose (who then went by the moniker of Jon Moxley) was lauded by everyone for his exceptional all-around talents. When he finally caught that break that all professional wrestlers are looking for and was signed to a contract by WWE, you can literally hear the entire IWC salivating at the idea of seeing the 27-year old on the biggest stage possible. Even after arriving on the scene, the praise continued to roll in among those in the backstage area. While normally a cliche, the sky really is the limit for Ambrose.
However, did he receive the biggest endorsement of all this week, as well as possibly have himself positioned as a history-maker down the road?
On this week’s edition of Smackdown, we will all be treated to a televised match-up between Ambrose and The Undertaker–one-on-one. Yes, when I first saw this I had to do a double-take as well, but this is where the light bulb went off in my head.
In recent years, the ‘Deadman’ has done his one day of work for the year at WrestleMania and that’s it. Now granted, he did wrestle on this week’s RAW episode in the six-man tag match– teaming with Kane and Daniel Bryan– to take on Ambrose and his fellow Shield members. Now as expected, Taker’s ring time was limited. Basically, with WWE broadcasting their weekly flagship show from London, he was more-or-less there as an attraction for the fans who only get to see WWE on a limited basis yearly.
But, a one-on-one match with one of the most heralded upcoming stars on a taped show? Now that’s an eyebrow-raiser.
In rare past interviews out of character, Taker has had no issue discussing possible climaxes to what simply has become known as ‘The Streak’. One of the responses given was that he would have no issue passing on the torch to a young up-and-comer that he sees can carry the business when he decides to leave for good. While there are a number of people that want to see the Mania streak left intact, you have to remember that Mark Calloway comes from the old school. When you leave the business, you pass the torch to the next guy.
Has the Undertaker bought in to the notion, like many of us have already, that Dean Ambrose is “that guy?” Was this week’s match a tryout to see how the two mesh together in the ring, looking down the road to a possible showdown in New Orleans next year?
It’s inevitable that eventually The Shield will have to split and all go their separate ways. Seeing as we are still in the month that this year’s WrestleMania took place, there is certainly ample time to build Ambrose into a solid star before next year’s “Showcase of the Immortals.”
As far as looking ahead to this possible feud, watching these two build to such a match would be priceless. With Ambrose possessing the mic skills that he does as well as the Jake Roberts-esque psychological approach to his craft, this would be something the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Even after 21 matches at the big event, Ambrose could take this to a whole other level.
Whatever the case may be, you have to ask what the unquestioned locker room leader in WWE saw in Ambrose that caused him to be willing to get in the ring with him outside of WrestleMania. It certainly wasn’t just because he needed some exercise.