Dean Ambrose is back in a big way. After being “injured” in storyline by former Shield brother, Seth Rollins, he spent a month away recovering (read: filming WWE Studios movie Lockdown). Or perhaps he was away plotting his return? Or maybe he went to Disney World; we were never given a solid explanation as to where this unhinged man could possibly be. But Google always knows. Ambrose returned at Night of Champions via taxi to pick up right where he left off. With Roman Reigns out of the picture recovering from emergency hernia surgery, the importance of Ambrose’s feud with Rollins has skyrocketed.
There is no denying that Ambrose is over with the crowd and then some. His month-long absence left a gaping hole in every live event he missed. With his strength on the mic, his skill set in the ring, and his complete disregard for his own physical well being, Ambrose has pretty much guaranteed himself a spot in the main event whenever he wants it. Leaving The Shield may have been the best thing that could have happened for his career. Ambrose is a lot of things, but one thing he is definitely not is in need of John Cena’s help.
Throwing people together in random tag matches due to a common enemy is nothing new. Having one wrestler rush from the locker room to come to the aid of another is something we see frequently. Night of Champions gave Cena a reason to forget all about big, bad Brock Lesnar and focus his aggression solely on Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins. This results in Ambrose and Cena sharing a common goal. Unfortunately, it also means we have Cena and Ambrose as tag team partners (as we witnessed on Raw this week), Cena and Ambrose in promos together, Cena “saving” Ambrose while he’s confronting Rollins; it’s all a bit much.
With Brock Lesnar as our part-time champion and Cena still in the running for a rematch due to the disqualification win at Night of Champions, it makes sense for him to be upset with Rollins for screwing up his chance at victory. It also makes sense for him to be upset with The Authority, who protect Rollins at every turn. This opens up room for Cena to have matches against Randy Orton, Kane, and whoever else Triple H decides to pick out at random to assist. The same goes for Ambrose; we could have had a handicap match on Raw against the two “cruiserweight” security guards that were dispatched by Triple H to retrieve the briefcase. With The Authority in the picture, there are multiple ways to have Cena and Ambrose both involved in the fight against Rollins without getting in each others way.
I’m not a fan of Cena, but I see his worth when it comes to elevating certain wrestlers from mid-card to main event. It makes sense to pair him with those individuals in order to encourage a rapid rise in the ranks. Sometimes, a little hand holding is necessary, as witnessed with Cena’s very vocal push of Big E Langston. But as Dean Ambrose showed us in the stands when a fan grabbed at his outstretched fingers, he’s not into holding hands. He wasn’t hurt by the dissolved Shield, he grew from it. The last thing he needs right now is a neon-clad goofball by his side, yelling about hustle while he struggles to connect with anyone over the age of 11.
I know it may be a shock to the powers that be in the WWE, but we don’t need John Cena to be involved in everything and with everyone. We can have pay-per-views end without Cena in the main event. The same goes for Raw. If, instead of Cena/Ambrose vs Orton/ Kane on Raw, we simply ended with a handicap match that put Ambrose facing the two Authority lackeys alone, we could have had an equally successful match, if not a better one. Ambrose is about to reach a whole new level in his career, and he needs to do it without anyone strapping Cena-training wheels on him. This is a ride better done alone. In the words of a great fictional hero, “Don’t cross the streams!”
Article by Mrs. Jamie Baker