BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Dolph Ziggler certainly made every moment of his WWE World Championship opportunity count, but despite an incredible effort, he ultimately fell to Dean Ambrose in a tense, heart-pounding contest.
Channeling his NCAA career as Kent State’s winningest wrestler, Ziggler started the bout by keeping the champion grounded and attempting to score an early pinfall. The Showoff maintained incredible momentum until Ambrose countered a suplex and threw Ziggler from the ring.
Battling on the outside, the WWE World Champion took control of the bout with high-impact maneuvers that kept his opponent on the defensive. Confident in his strategy, The Lunatic Fringe took to the top rope but was taken out mid-air with an expertly planted dropkick.
The well-documented perseverance of both Superstars was on full display after a cringe-worthy double clothesline brought the action to a screeching halt.
Ambrose managed to recover and unleash another offensive that Ziggler weathered long enough to apply a sleeper hold and spill the action to the outside.
Ziggler narrowly missed a chance to score a pinfall following a huge superkick, and nearly won the championship after countering Dirty Deeds with a Zig Zag. Regaining his composure, Ambrose ascended to the top rope again, but was met by Ziggler where they engaged in a tense exchange of blows and counterattacks.
Thinking he had the upper hand, Ziggler tried to execute his patented facebuster from the top, but Ambrose countered, landing on his feet and planting his opponent with Dirty Deeds for the victory.
Despite his defeat, Ziggler definitely made the most of his opportunity. Nevertheless, the unorthodox and unhinged nature of the WWE World Champion won the night.