Expect the unexpected when The Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose, challenges WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Elimination Chamber.
Despite the champion’s wishes, the maniacal, if strategic, Ambrose secured the title opportunity on the May 18 edition of Raw when he interrupted The Authority’s “Architect of a Dream” celebration. Using the element of surprise, Ambrose managed to take Rollins hostage and threatened to deliver a Dirty Deeds to Rollins through cinder blocks unless The Authority made the championship match official. Left with no alternative, Stephanie McMahon conceded.
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Ambrose spared Rollins the cinder block treatment that night, but there’s no telling if the same will be true when these former brothers in arms engage on May 31. The WWE Universe vividly remembers their gritty series of matches last year, in the wake of The Shield’s implosion. After Rollins planted Ambrose’s head through cinder blocks in a particularly vicious attack that Ambrose clearly has not forgotten, The Lunatic Fringe went even further off the rails, terrorizing The Authority’s poster child at every turn for weeks on end.
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Though Rollins escaped WWE Payback’s Fatal 4-Way Match against Ambrose, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns as WWE World Heavyweight Champion — thanks, in no small measure, to the assistance of Kane and J&J Security — another win over Ambrose is far from guaranteed. To earn his way into the WWE Payback main event in the first place, Ambrose had to defeat the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in a singles, non-title match on Raw.
With an unusual appetite for destruction and plenty of pent-up anger directed Rollins’ way, will Ambrose repeat his success when he challenges for the top prize in all of sports-entertainment at Elimination Chamber? Or can the ever-resourceful and boundlessly athletic “Future of WWE” continue holding onto his title at any cost?
Watch these two former Hounds of Justice tear into each other when Elimination Chamber takes over the award-winning WWE Network on Sunday, May 31, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
At WWE Elimination Chamber, United States Champion John Cena will have a whole new opponent in NXT Champion Kevin Owens. At first glance, this may seem like just another match for the veteran champion. But under the surface, could this new challenge from the up-and-coming titleholder prove to be The Champ’s toughest opponent in years?
The leader of the Cenation has faced many incredible adversaries, day in and day out, and, like him or hate him, no one can deny that Cena is a fighting champion. With Owens, though, he’s clearly facing something completely different. First and foremost, Owens utilizes an offense that many competitors do not attempt — the crown jewel of which is the earth-shattering Pop-up Powerbomb. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
No one can deny the tough-as-nails competitor’s unrelenting hunger to rise quickly — a determination demonstrated when he won the NXT Title just one month to the day of his NXT debut. It was also seen in the bold way he stepped up to John Cena on Monday Night Raw. He displayed guts reminiscent of the young, unknown John Cena who stood face-to-face with Kurt Angle on the top of his game and gave him the fight of a lifetime. If that is any indication, Cena is in for a true battle at the upcoming WWE Network event.
Owens says what he thinks, all of which indicates a strong confidence in both himself and his own ability. Moreover, he does not seem to be out for fame for fame’s sake. He clearly has a deep love of the squared circle that will only fuel his passion further. Without a doubt, others see this too, first and foremost being Triple H and The Authority. It was, after all, WWE’s COO who granted Owens his match against Cena in the first place.
WWE Universe, Kevin Owens is not intimidated. Kevin Owens has the ability. Kevin Owens is coming for John Cena, and the ring may never be the same again. Don’t miss WWE Elimination Chamber, LIVE on the award-winning WWE Network, Sunday May, 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.