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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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That Time Dean Ambrose Talked to a Dummy

By Speed on the Beat (@SpeedontheBeat)

(And no, we're not talking about his back-and-forths with John Cena)

Remember when the internet was worried that Dean Ambrose would eventually be made into a laughingstock unable to draw heat, aside from go-away heat, be reduced to some punny jokes, and a crazed look? This past RAW we got a glimpse at what could happen if the WWE just ramps up the "crazy" Dean Ambrose angle up to "Choppy Choppy Your Pee Pee"-levels of sheer "Whaaaa?" For the TL;DR folks, here's what happened.

Dean Ambrose talked to a puppet version of Seth Rollins about HIAC, proceeding to torture said puppet and question the puppet's testicular fortitude with tongs.

I may get crucified for this, but this promo was horrible. It was something out of the Japan feds where wrestlers lose to thin air and blow-up dolls. Not saying that it's a bad thing. Blow-up dolls beating wrestlers with chokeholds, it has its place in the world. But in a serious feud--with a guy who has been booked to hate the living beetlejuice out of Seth Rollins--a grown man playing Saw with a dummy is just inexcusable. And the crowd, the "PG" crowd who apparently enjoys this sort of thing, let Ambrose know how they felt with mostly silence. Now, it wasn't "Katie Vick"-levels of gross, but it was getting there before Mick Foley came out. No, Ambrose didn't go necro with the Rollins doll, but it was just that feeling of creepiness, grossness, and overall "What the...?"

I'd, perhaps, be willing to overlook it. But, then I think back to the hot dog cart and the stolen-from-Nickelodeon "green slime" promos. We get that Ambrose wants to make Rollins' life hell (in a cell!), but slime and mustard? Save that crap for Cena and Cole. But, as more Ambrose's popularity grows, we can expect him to become a bit less "Lunatic Fringe" and a bit more "wacky anti-mainstream guy." It's a product of our times. That's, of course, not to say that a Rock or SCSA didn't have their moments of goofiness. But, as WWE continues to push towards "family-friendly," we'll have to deal with more goofy and less "Pillman's got a gun!"

You know...that may not be that bad a thing. That angle was just all sorts of wrong.


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