Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens agreed on one thing. They both hated each other. In the end, that hate they verbally professed for each other turned into one hell of an opening match in Sunday night’s Royal Rumble from Orlando.
WWE needs to have more of these kinds of “impact” matches. These are the kinds of confrontations that keep fans interested and wanting more. And above everything else, this kind of feud gives the Intercontinental Title the attention it deserves. Now that the United States Title has become an afterthought again, Ambrose secures a win over Owens in a “Last Man Standing Match.”
All you can do is watch these two and appreciate the chemistry they have in the ring and the story they tell when they are in the ring with each other. If this can continue to Fastlane, can we all have a little more of it, please.
Ambrose and Owens take us back to the Attitude Era where brawling and fighting was the norm, not the exception as it had become until a short time ago. While both WWE superstars will not be part of the main event scene as it appears, the fact they can uphold the mid-card, giving us a match we would pay to see over and over again, is the reason these two should be in the main event picture.
We all know that isn’t going to happen any time soon – especially when the likes of Brock Lesnar, Sheamus and Roman Reigns are squarely perched atop the apex of the current company mountain. In this case, pecking order and future planning are thrown out the window. Don’t look for Ambrose or Owens to wear the company’s biggest title any time soon.
WWE has been crying for stability with its Intercontinental Title and the United States Title. The U.S. strap was as white hot as any strap in company history as long as John Cena guarded it with his life. Then, the former 15-time champion decided he needed to try something other than defend it every Monday night. Now, it’s a mere “belt” and nothing more.
Ambrose, with Owens help, has a chance to make the Intercontinental Title as important as it was when Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, Tito Santana and Randy Savage wore it proudly in years gone by. May it will finally become the second most important title in the company once again.
Now comes the hard part. After seeing Ambrose and Owens tear each other apart of two occasions now, is there still life in this feud and once its shelf life expires, what happens to each WWE superstar down the line? Is there a wrestler who can come in and give Ambrose the push he had from his current nemesis? Can Owens find another feud that will keep him on the upper echelon of the mid card? What I wouldn’t give to see Owens in a feud with Bray Wyatt or Brock Lesnar at some point. And of course, there is always Samoa Joe at some level down the road.
If this match is any indication of the future of this title, then WWE did the right thing not only to put the title on Ambrose, but to squash all rumors of a heel turn against his best friend, Roman Reigns. Ambrose himself is one of the five best performers in the WWE right now. I used to think his best and most logical opponent was Seth Rollins. When they were in the ring, it was pure gold. The same can be said for Ambrose and Owens. It’s something the company needs to hold onto for as long as possible and should not deviate from the script if this good thing can continue just a little longer.