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5 things keeping Dean Ambrose from the main event

Feature 28 Nov 2015, 19:23 IST

Dean Ambrose is the only member of the Shield not to have captured the WWE World titleAnother member of the Shield reached the apex of pro wrestling last week (albeit briefly) when Roman Reigns captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series.It is quite possible that the Shield would become the first stable of debutant wrestlers who would all go on to capture the World title in the future. But for that to happen, the final piece has to fit the puzzle. The name of the missing link is Dean Ambrose.Things have come full circle for Ambrose ever since his RAW debut in 2012.Back then, Ambrose was the only member of the Shield who would capture a singles title and he seemed set to walk into the heel role once the Shield split. However, his United States title reign seems a distant memory now and the heel persona seemingly positioned for him was handed over to Seth Rollins, who performed admirably in that role.However, ever since the split of the Shield, it is Ambrose who has been receiving the most cheers from the crowd. A significant section of the fans despise the apparent heir that is Roman Reigns and consider Rollins to be more of a tool to Triple H than anything else.Despite the fans behind him, why does Ambrose remain an afterthought in the WWE title picture? He has already been placed in a feud with the Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens which is likely to keep him away from the primary title hunt for the time being.This article analyses the reasons for Ambrose’s position in the WWE mid card.

#5 Ambrose is a \'Hell of a hand\'

Ambrose has been put in to the ‘Hell of a hand’ category

One of the main reasons that Ambrose might not make it to the WWE main event stage is because there is always a need for a ‘Hell of a hand’.

A term described by Chris Jericho in his autobiography, ‘Hell of a hand’ is a wrestler who can be trusted to have an excellent match with any body on the roster, without ever rising to be the face of the company.

Jericho fit in to that category during the final years of his inital WWE run, but was smart enough to take a break and come back rejuvenated. Wrestlers like John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler have been put in to the same category over the recent past and it seems like it is Ambrose’s turn to join them.

While Ambrose’s matches have never been bad, one aspect that stands out is how he always succeeds in building a story in to all his feuds. Ambrose’s feud with Seth Rollins over the WWE World Heavyweight title had fans excited way more than any of Rollins’ previous rivalries.

Even more impressively, it was Ambrose’s habit of walking away with Wade Barrett’s Intercontinental title that actually gave a backdrop to the IC tite ladder match at last year’s Wrestlemania.

WWE Creative have absorbed all these and trusts Ambrose to have a good match and exciting story with any one that they might dump him with. Sadly, it also means that he is never considered to be ‘The One’ – merely the excellent worker who will always be good enough for an upper mid card status and nothing more.

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