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Reuniting is what both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose needed

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Tuesday’s Rude Awakening looks at the slow-burn reunion of Seth and Dean, SummerSlam’s main event, and an Owens/Styles finish rumor.

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Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have been adrift for some time now. Rollins lost much of his focus after his feud with Triple H ended at WrestleMania 33, and Ambrose has been wrestling The Miz for what feels like has to be going on 20 or 30 years now. They were both as aimless as they are talented, but now, it seems they have found each other again, and within that discovery, purpose as well.

This isn’t to say that Rollins and Ambrose have completely put the past behind him — Seth might have, but he was also the offending party, albeit one who had the weight of his breakup of the Shield crushing him slowly over years until finally he stood up to Triple H to prove he could be his own man, one who didn’t need the backing of the Authority to succeed despite the Wormtongue-esque whispering in his ears over the years.

Ambrose needs more time before he fully trusts Rollins, but after their impressive victory over Miz and the Miztourage on Monday — one that looked as if Seth and Dean had never stopped tagging together — Ambrose embraced Rollins, clasped hands with Rollins, and celebrated with Rollins. He’s not quite ready for the Shield fist pound yet, but that’s because that’s a move reserved for Ambrose’s brothers — something he doesn’t have anymore. Ambrose is learning to trust, though, with both leaving themselves vulnerable for the other, and so far, it’s been rewarding for the two of them.

Whether they tag together in a more formal manner that leads to the RAW Tag Team Championships, or the two just have each other’s backs once again like in the Shield days barely matters. Ambrose with a willingness to sit back and listen to a plan is a better Ambrose. Rollins is better for having the unpredictable Ambrose alongside him for when things go awry and plans go out the window. And when the time comes and the need arises for Roman Reigns to rejoin with his brothers, they will be there waiting for him.