WWE Rollins Ambrose

Dean Ambrose asked Seth Rollins if he wanted to know why he turned on him, but left his former Shield mate battered and searching for answers after a Dirty Deeds this past Monday.

The Shield has been one of the most polarizing factions in WWE history. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, long before they were world champions, were a unit of destruction.

They sacrificed bodies to win matches. They felled Evolution. Before that, they caused chaos for Ryback, John Cena and anyone who opposed a Paul Heyman client. They held tag titles, competed in Money in the Bank and stole the hearts of fans.

They’ve made us care about every single thing they do inside and outside of that ring. That’s probably why they never should have broken up the first time when it was done.

It was all Rollins' fault. And everything that is happening now to him is just.

We were appalled when Rollins turned his back on his brothers. He selfishly took an opportunity handed to him from Triple H and ran with it. He won Money in the Bank, and dangled that carrot over the head of Ambrose while Reigns chased Brock Lesnar and the WWE Championship.

It was that push that got the Big Dog booed by the crowd. He was thrown into a role he wasn’t ready for because Rollins had his own visions of grandeur. When Reigns finally seemed to earn that respect, Rollins took it away from him at WrestleMania 31.

But here we are, ready to forgive Rollins. His comeback from a brutal knee injury was heroic! He’s put on incredible match after incredible match since WrestleMania 32. And finally, we rejoiced when The Shield reunited last fall.

But we’re not really mad at Ambrose for turning on Rollins a couple weeks ago. Because we understand, and deep down inside, we support Ambrose’s decision.

This isn't a good guy against a bad guy story. Ambrose isn’t going to fall in line with The Authority for a title opportunity. No. He still hasn’t forgiven Rollins.

It's tormenting Rollins. You saw it in his face last week when he called out Ambrose. You saw how more frustrated he got that Ambrose wouldn’t respond to the question, “Why?”

Perhaps it was Reigns who truly understood Ambrose, and convinced him that getting the band back together is what they needed. Perhaps, it was Reigns who was there for him when he got hurt. So Reigns stepped away a few weeks ago because he has to fight leukemia again, that was it for Ambrose. There is no doubt in my mind Reigns was the glue that held a cracked Shield together.

See, Rollins likely never did understand Ambrose. When Rollins demanded answers, he insulted Ambrose, calling him a lunatic and driving Ambrose back into his shell of seclusion.

This past Monday, Ambrose left Rollins wondering again– “Why?” After abandoning the Raw Tag Team Championships he held with Rollins, he waited until his former partner lied battered in the ring to emerge. He stalked Rollins and asked if he wanted to know why he did it. But he didn't tell him. He delivered a Dirty Deeds and left, leaving Rollins hurting physically and emotionally.

When will we truly know Ambrose's reason? Will it be this Monday? Will it come after Rollins battles Shinsuke Nakamura in two weeks at Survivor Series?

Rollins is suffering because he turned his back on someone who truly depended on him four years ago. Now, Ambrose is making Rollins suffer the same fate.

And you know what? Rollins deserves it.

Match of the Week

Rey Mysterio d. Andra “Cien” Almas

Mysterio’s return has given us the opportunity to see dream matches come to life once again. This bout with Almas was the perfect taste of what we could potentially get from the future Hall of Famer. Almas is so innovative, especially with the top rope backflip into a standing moonsault. His double knee strike is also devastating. I personally hope that this match evolves into something bigger for Almas, who can be a serious star in WWE.

Weekly power rankings

A kayfabe look at the top 10 on each main show in WWE.

Monday Night Raw (Nov. 5)

  1. Brock Lesnar (UR)
  2. Drew McIntyre (5)
  3. Ronda Rousey (2)
  4. Dean Ambrose (4)
  5. Seth Rollins (3)
  6. Bobby Lashley (7)
  7. Elias (8)
  8. Authors of Pain (9)
  9. Braun Strowman (1)
  10. Finn Balor (7)

Out: Dolph Ziggler (10)

SmackDown Live (Nov. 6)

  1. Becky Lynch (2)
  2. A.J. Styles (1)
  3. The Bar (4)
  4. Daniel Bryan (3)
  5. The Miz (7)
  6. Rey Mysterio (6)
  7. Shinsuke Nakamura (8)
  8. Samoa Joe (UR)
  9. Randy Orton (5)
  10. Charlotte Flair (9)

Out: Jeff Hardy (10)

On the bubble: The Usos.

NXT (Nov. 8)

  1. Tommaso Ciampa (1)
  2. Ricochet (2)
  3. Velveteen Dream (4)
  4. Johnny Gargano (3)
  5. Adam Cole (5)
  6. Undisputed Era (6)
  7. Shayna Baszler (UR)
  8. Aleister Black (7)
  9. Lars Sullivan (8)
  10. Kairi Sane (9)

Out: War Raiders (10)

On the bubble: War Raiders.

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July of 2013

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