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Dean Ambrose is a WWE Grand Slam champ

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins victory at SummerSlam last night (Aug. 20) wasn’t just momentous because it represented a reunion of two-thirds of one the most dominant factions in WWE history, The Shield.

In capturing the Raw tag team belts from Cesaro and Sheamus, Ambrose added to a resume which included the WWE championship and both the Intercontinental and United States titles. And that meets the company’s current criteria for being a Grand Slam champion.

The Lunatic Fringe is the eighth man to join the club under its current requirements (prior to 2015, WWE didn’t recognize the U.S. championship as part of their Grand Slam. If you include the old guidelines, where a European or Hardcore title run was needed along with ones with the WWE or World Heavyweight, WWE or World tag and IC, he’s the 16th (officially recognized, anyway)).

Current: Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Big Show, The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Ambrose

Original: Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kane, Jericho, Angle, Guerrero, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Jeff Hardy, JBL, Christian, Show

And, if we only use the new format, Dean is also the youngest to ever achieve the Grand Slam. At 31 years and eight months of age, he’s a little more than 30 days younger than Miz was when he won the Intercontinental title in 2012 to complete his Slam. Including those recognized prior to WrestleMania 31, however, Hardy beats them both by about five months.

Like everything else in wrestling and WWE, it’s not only scripted but subject to the bosses changing the rules whenever they need to for a story. But it’s still a cool accomplishment!

Congrats, Dean-o!

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