Seth Rollins’ last chance to take the Intercontinental championship off the waist of Dolph Ziggler.
There is a giant Dean Ambrose shaped cloud hanging over WWE’s Intercontinental title match at SummerSlam.
The story so far
On a seemingly innocent Monday night in June, Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins put out an open challenge that was answered by Dolph Ziggler. To the surprise of everyone, Ziggler pulled off the upset and Rollins has been chasing the new champ every since.
A huge part of this title feud has been the presence of Drew McIntyre. The six foot five Scotsman has swung the tide in Ziggler’s favor on multiple occasions. The 33-year-old has even had some good singles matches opposite of Rollins and more than held his own.
Despite being the the third wheel in the IC title feud, at times it has felt like McIntyre is being presented as the biggest star of the three by the WWE.
The build to SummerSlam
Despite the reaction of the live crowd, Ziggler and Rollins had a really good 30 minute Iron Man match at Extreme Rules. Rollins rallied back from a early hole he put himself and forced an overtime period versus the IC champ.
In extra time McIntyre got involved, distracted the challenger and Ziggler once again got the best of Rollins.
The go-home show
After two months of Ziggler and Rollins going toe-to-toe, it feels like at SummerSlam more focus will be outside of the ring than what’s going on in it. Rollins spent the last few weeks looking towards Finn Balor or Roman Reigns in an attempt to counteract that damn numbers game.
Sometimes the only way to fight crazy is with more crazy. When faced with a Scottish Psychopath sized challenge, the only card Rollins had left to lay was to bring his Lunatic Fringe out for a whirl.
The interplay between Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose will be fascinating to watch on Sunday night.
We just keeping getting this sneaking suspicion that something will happen between Rollins and Ambrose that may cost the Shield member his title opportunity.
Does the WWE immediately pivot into some kind of Ambrose vs. Rollins revenge feud? Or does the company milk a solid month of excellent tag matches out of these four before everything comes crashing down?
Sorry Showoff, but during SummerSlam’s Intercontinental title match all eyes may be on how two-thirds of The Shield interact with one another for the first time in nine months.
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