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Dean Ambrose versus Stardust
Winner: Dean Ambrose
After the match, Ambrose takes the title belt off the turnbuckles. Wade Barrett attacks Ambrose from behind, because his music did not play. Daniel Bryan comes out and he goes after Barrett. Bryan kicks and punches Barrett. Luke Harper comes out and he attacks Bryan. Dolph Ziggler comes out and he goes after Barrett.
While these six men battle in the ring, R Truth grabs the title belt and he puts it in his bag of tricks. Ambrose sends Barrett to the floor while Stardust hits CrossDust on Ambrose. Ziggler with a super kick to Stardust. Harper with a discus lariat to Ziggler. Bryan with a flying knee to Harper. Barrett with a Bullhammer to Bryan.
Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring and he is the current possessor of the Intercontinental Title belt. We see how Dolph took possession of the title belt without winning the title. Dolph says it feels right. He is not one to hold a grudge against his boss, but it seems to him that he never got his rematch for the Intercontinental Title against Wade Barrett. He says he hasn’t gotten the rematch because he saved the day to get rid of the Authority and he got fired. Now he has a second chance. This title meant a lot to him. This title not only changed his career, it changed his life. The title is back where it belongs. Dolph says this is why he is officially entering the Ladder Match at Wrestlemania for the Intercontinental Title. Dolph says it feels like something or someone is missing. It is someone he would like to share the ring and help blow the roof off the place. Someone who proved it is not how big you are. He showed that with a movement behind you, you could become the World Champion. Dolph says that is why he wants that superstar to come out…It is not Daniel Bryan, but the man who has had his title belt pilfered, Wade Barrett who comes out. He says that he is not the person Dolph was referring to, but Dolph has something that belongs to him.
Dolph asks if that is charisma, a great Twitter account, a non-broken nose. Wade says that Dolph is the comedian, but he is not a good one. People like you, Luke Harper, R Truth, Dean Ambrose can play all of the juvenile games, but it does not change the fact that he is the Intercontinental Champion. Who do you think you are to put yourself into his match for his championship. He tells Dolph he can hand him the title back, or he can go into the ring and take it from his unconscious body. Dolph asks Wade if he wants it, but Luke hits Dolph from behind and he kicks Dolph. Barrett and Harper stand across from each other with the title belt between him. Wade goes to pick it up but Harper stands on it and we have a tug of war.
Ziggler hits Harper and Barrett and the belt falls again. Harper and Barrett work over Ziggler. Dean Ambrose’s music plays and he comes to the ring and he clotheslines Harper and punches Barrett. Ziggler and Ambrose clothesline Barrett over the top rope to the floor. Harper goes to the floor while Ambrose and Ziggler remain in the ring. They both stand over the title belt and Barrett and Harper try to get back into the ring. Ziggler and Ambrose go to the floor to fight Harper and Barrett while Truth hides behind the ring post. Truth rolls around and then he crawls into the ring and he goes for the title belt and he grabs it and he leaves the ring and goes under the ring. Ziggler and Ambrose go into the ring and they wonder where the belt went. Truth is on the other side of the ring and he comes out and Ziggler and Ambrose see him, but Truth’s music plays so he is able to leave with the title belt.
Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler versus Luke Harper and Wade Barrett
Harper and Ziggler start things off and Ziggler goes for the leg but Harper with a Gator Roll. Ziggler escapes and he applies a side head lock. Harper with a side head lock of his own. Harper with a yeah yeah shoulder tackle and then he catches Ziggler on a leap frog attempt. Harper avoids a sunset flip but Ziggler with a drop kick. Ziggler tries for the hesitation DDT but Harper sends him to the mat. Barrett tags in and while they stare at each other Ambrose tags in and he sends Barrett into the corner and kicks him. Ambrose runs the forearm across the bridge of the nose and then he chops Barrett. Ambrose with an Irish whip and splash followed by a bulldog. Ambrose goes up top and he hits an elbow drop but Harper breaks up the cover. Ziggler knocks Harper to the floor and Ambrose clotheslines Barrett over the top rope. Ambrose and Ziggler back into each other and we go to commercial. Continue reading
The field for WrestleMania’s blockbuster Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match has grown to five with its newest announced participant, Dolph Ziggler.The Showoff, a four-time Intercontinental Champion, joins R-Truth, Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper in challenging for Bad News Barrett’s title. More entrants are expected to be revealed in coming weeks.
For the bearer of bad news, the multi-Superstar Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match only adds to recent woes. Barrett has lost non-title contests to not just R-Truth and Ambrose, but also Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan, deepening the pool of potential contenders. Though Barrett dealt Ambrose a loss via disqualification at WWE Fastlane, The Lunatic Fringe absconded with the Intercontinental Championship after the match, leaving Bad News as a champion with no title. Since then, the championship has become a hot potato, changing possession repeatedly.
Will order finally be restored to the Intercontinental Title scene at WrestleMania? Just how many challengers will Bad News Barrett have to contend with? And what will happen at The Showcase of the Immortals when the prestigious Intercontinental Championship is raised high above the ring, with the only means for retrieval being to scale a ladder amid the mayhem of a multi-Superstar brawl?
You know Dolph Ziggler as The Showoff, a former World Champion whose grit and perseverance has earned him a level of respect with the WWE Universe that few other Superstars enjoy. What you might not know is that Ziggler has a somewhat secret second career as a standup comedian. When he’s not stealing the show in WWE, Dolph’s performing on comedy stages, gobbling up niche alt-comedy programs like “Kroll Show,” and constantly scribbling jokes on airplane napkins. Now, in a candid conversation, Ziggler talks about the first time he tried out standup, the comedians who inspired him, and what he thought of ex-girlfriend Amy Schumer’s comments about their relationship on Howard Stern’s radio show.
WWE.COM: Did you have a moment growing up that ignited your interest in comedy?
DOLPH ZIGGLER: There are a few that pop into my head. My dad used to work a night shift when I was five years old, so I would get up when he went to work and watch Johnny Carson. I remember not knowing what was going on, but loving it. A couple of years later, I had a friend who had Cheech & Chong records. And my uncle who had shown me Ric Flair had SCTV episodes. I really enjoyed all that stuff. And even “SNL” reruns on Nick at Nite, which were “best of’s” from the first few seasons. And later on, movies like “Fletch”, “[National Lampoon’s] Vacation” and “Caddyshack.” Those are some of my favorite movies of all time.
WWE.COM: Every comedy fan has an “SNL” cast that they love. Who was in your cast?
ZIGGLER: When I started to get the jokes, it was the mid-late ’80s. I was a huge fan of Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks, obviously Phil Hartman, and a very young Adam Sandler. I knew it was so funny and cool. It was art.
WWE.COM: Was there a figure in the comedy world that you looked up to or idolized more than others?
ZIGGLER: Two of the first I ever saw were George Wallace and Brian Regan on “The Sunday Comics” on Fox when Fox was a new network. I see them once in a while, because they’ll do things with WWE like Tribute to the Troops, and I’ll tell them, “You were the first comic I ever saw, and it made me keep watching comedy.” I also remember Johnny Carson talking about Don Rickles and mentioning, “You need to hear this album,” which was “Hello Dummy!” from 1968. It’s him live in Vegas, and it is so great. I listened to the entire thing. He made fun of every possible person there was to make fun of, but at the end, brought it around to say, “The reason I do this is because it’s all ridiculous, and we all need to get along.” It’s so hard to bury everybody and have them applaud you on the way out, but that’s what he did. It was such a great thing. He probably had about 10 minutes of written material, but ended up doing an hour. One guy wearing a red sweater ended up being a 15-minute bit for him.
WWE.COM: Is that the first comedy album you started memorizing all the words and jokes to?
ZIGGLER: Yes, that’s exactly what I was doing. I would listen to it going to bed with headphones on in my room, and one way or another, that’s led me to be able to insult somebody at the drop of the hat. I got to see Rickles two years ago in Phoenix, and he was still throwing it out there to everybody. He’s the last of those guys from cool Vegas. Continue reading