The always outspoken Chris Jericho promised to triumph this Sunday in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, a contest he is credited with inventing. But his guest and longtime adversary Dean Ambrose seemed more interested in the six-time World Champion’s $20,000 carpet. After losing his JeriTron 6500 privileges, the unstable Superstar listened as the host of the “Highlight Reel’ belittled him.
As you may have heard, a New Era is dawning, for Raw and especially SmackDown. And who better to usher in the latest chapter of the blue brand than … Teddy Long?
She has arrived. She, of course, being Stephanie McMahon. And Shane McMahon’s stint as Raw’s showrunner might not even make it past the first pay-per-view of the “new era” now that The Billion Dollar Princess has returned to claim what she believes is hers.
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Is there no one Dean Ambrose won’t fight? One week after taking the beating from hell (and a No Holds Barred Street Fight against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania in the process), The Lunatic Fringe somehow managed to piece himself together and step to Triple H, laying down a challenge for The King of Kings’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Thursday’s hottest show began in unfamiliar fashion as Renee Young was waiting backstage to hear from Dean Ambrose about a supposed statement. Luckily, The Lunatic Fringe’s entrance in a black pickup truck occurred just in time for the start of the show. Ambrose made a beeline toward the ring to state that he was challenging Kevin Owens to a Last Man Standing Match at the Royal Rumble on Jan. 24 on WWE Network.
John Cena kicked off SmackDown at its new home, in a new year, in a very patriotic mood. Talk of USA Network transitioned to discussion of the United States Championship, eventually prompting the Cenation leader to give a rousing introduction to the current titleholder, Alberto Del Rio.
It’s been on the T-shirt for some time now, and Roman Reigns put his money where his merch was by surviving the Mr. McMahon-coined “One vs. All” main event of Raw ... with some help. Set to run the gauntlet against the entire WWE roster until he dropped, The Big Dog only got a chance to face off with Kevin Owens before “All” swarmed the ring to attack the “One” — a response to what had been an impending victory by the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.