Money in the Bank Moments: Dean Ambrose Cashes In

Mark Freitas
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, June 22, 2023

In the world of professional wrestling, when a new stable emerges, they look to dominate the company stables that come to my mind are DX, NWO, Evolution, The Nation of Domination, The Hart Foundation, and The Bloodline.

But one stable ran wild on the WWE for a few years, and they were The Shield. The group members were Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The Shield put everyone on notice when they made their debut at Survivor Series 2012. They interfered during the main event triple threat match between Ryback, John Cena and CM Punk. The Shield attacked Ryback and put him through the announce table.

As time passed, The Shield attacked any superstar who got in their way—names such as Daniel Bryan, Kane, The Undertaker and The Rock. 

During their feud with Evolution in 2014 on the June 2nd episode of RAW, Batista quit the WWE. On that same night, as The Shield was the ring, Triple H told everyone that there is always a "Plan B" and that Plan B was Seth Rollins, who was holding a chair and hit Ambrose and Reigns in the back, which turned into a brutal attack. 

Seth Rollins joined The Authority and found success. Rollins would win the 2014 Money in the Bank Ladder match. He would cash in at Wrestlemania 31, known as the heist of the century.

Everything would come full circle at the Money in the Bank 2016 show. Seth Rollins took on Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship. They had a fantastic match which went back and forth. Rollins would win the match by countering Reigns's spear into a Pedigree. 

Rollins's moment would be short-lived as Dean Ambrose's music hit. Ambrose won the Money in the Bank match less than an hour earlier. He attacked Seth before cashing in, and when the bell rang, Ambrose hit the Dirty Deeds to become the new WWE Champion.

Ambrose got his revenge on Rollins, giving him a taste of his own medicine. On that night, all three members of The Shield held the WWE Championship.  

Even though Ambrose was the champion for a short time, this moment will last forever in the history of the WWE that fans can look back on and be proud of. 

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