A newsworthy SmackDown Live saved a couple of big developments for last.
The main event of Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena was a solid affair, as expected. What wasn’t entirely expected was the Lunatic Fringe countering an AA with a roll-up and pinning the Face that used to Run the Place 1 - 2 - 3.
.@TheDeanAmbrose counters @JohnCena's AA!!— WWE (@WWE) September 21, 2016
ONE TWO THREE!!! Ambrose WINS on #SDLive!! pic.twitter.com/txkWf6KDks
It seems the “putting over full-timers” phase of Cena’s career has begun in earnest, as he gets ready to head off for the filming of American Grit season two in a few weeks. Even more interesting, as this scene reminscent of WrestleMania 28 shows, is that we may finally be getting a story arc where Big Match John realizes he doesn’t quite have it any more.
The blue brand wasn’t done, however. Current World champ AJ Styles, who will face both Ambrose and Cena in a Triple Threat at No Mercy, rolled into the scene to hit Cena with a Forearm, Pele Kick Dean and proclaim his dominance.
While he was posing in the ring, General Manager Daniel Bryan appeared to announce that the one-on-one rematch Commissioner Shane McMahon promised Ambrose last week would take place on the Sept. 27 episode of SmackDown Live!
JUST ANNOUNCED: @TheDeanAmbrose will get his @WWE World Championship rematch NEXT WEEK on #SDLive! @AJStylesOrg pic.twitter.com/5vkOVmOgrk— WWE (@WWE) September 21, 2016
The former champ now has two shots to reclaim his belt from the Phenomenal One over the next few weeks. And SmackDown has all week to hype their big main event for next Tuesday.
I’ll be damned if it doesn’t really feel like the brands are two separate companies competing for dominance.
What do you think of the blue brand’s main event scene, Cagesiders?