The WWE confirmed this week that the first actual match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at the 2014 edition of SummerSlam would be held under the stipulation of a Lumberjack Match. Considering how hotly anticipated this contest is, having the first match under Lumberjack rules is a gigantic letdown.
At WWE Battleground, wrestling fans were robbed of the opportunity to see this match for the first time. It appeared that Ambrose and Rollins would have a long drawn out feud. Instead, the two ended up in a non-match for the PPV event.
The most illogical aspect of the match is that the Lumberjack stipulation was Ambrose’s idea. Ambrose is the face who finally wants to get his hands on the dastardly heel, Rollins. If that is the case, why does Ambrose think a “human cage” is the way to go about it? If that was the issue, Ambrose could have asked for an actual cage match. Not to mention, the wrestlers participating as the Lumberjacks could bust up Ambrose and prevent him from getting at Rollins.
The other issue is that the Lumberjack Match has almost never been conducive in producing classic, memorable matches. Lumberjack Matches are better served for weekly TV shows, instead of a PPV blow-off match as this fight is supposed to be. Considering that Ambrose, as a character, is rather demented and a lunatic, it makes no sense to ask for a Lumberjack stipulation.
My one hope is that Rollins and Ambrose will have some rematches after SummerSlam. So if this match does not go well, hopefully the two will have the chance to redeem themselves in a more accurate match setting.