Dean Ambrose, I know you better than anybody, and you’re out of your damn mind, but I’m gonna beat you, and I’m going to do it the same way I’ve been beating along the way. because you are down here, and me and my brain are way above you. you get that? It’s not about how crazy you are, it’s about how smart you are.
Dean Ambrose is crazy.
That’s what they want you to think because that’s what they think you enjoy about Dean Ambrose. They’re not entirely wrong; after all, his reaction to adversity is, to be gentle, unique. If you stab a normal person in the back, they might yell at you, cry, eat some ice cream, and get over it. Ambrose, meanwhile, might hide in the trunk of a car he doesn’t own and/or pop out of a Christmas present that isn’t his to get revenge on you.
It’s part of his charm.
It is, however, vital to the story that it always be made clear that at the heart of it all, his motivation for every “crazy” thing he does, is the very fact that he was stabbed in the back. He doesn’t just do things because he’s not actually crazy in the same way a person suffering from depression isn’t crazy but rather dealing with a condition.
Seth Rollins is the condition.
This is where they fell flat with the doll angle last night. I actually love the idea, the execution just left a lot to be desired and, again, exposed the fact that while WWE gets it, they don’t really get it.
Ambrose talking shit to this doll and ripping it apart limb from limb is great. Playing it for comedy is great too, but they went too far in that direction without swinging the pendulum hard enough back to the other side. On the same show they outright acknowledged Ambrose is The Joker and he quoted Heath Ledger’s character from The Dark Knight, they failed to deliver the backstory to give the insanity meaning; to give it purpose.
Again, it was just “Ambrose is crazy.”
The Joker is always smiling, but that isn’t because he’s happy. And for as awesome as Michael Caine’s “some men just want to watch the world burn” line was upon delivery, it wasn’t The Joker’s actual motivation. He wanted to expose Batman by putting him in impossible situations that would force him to make a choice that would, in turn, expose the human condition. There’s depth there. It’s not just some crazy idiot with face paint and a catchphrase.
Now imagine how much more powerful that segment last night would have been had Ambrose played the comedy for a bit before abruptly dropping it for a minute, looking at the doll with painful longing, and said something along the lines of “I loved you … why did you do this?”
There’s a depth here WWE has seemingly forgotten, and while I won’t go so far as blaming John Cena for it, that detour took away so much of the feeling behind this. It needed something big to bring it back and instead of a deeper, darker turn from Ambrose, we got a crazy guy playing with a doll and Rollins all but calling him an idiot for it.
I told you.
I told you that the lesbian undertones of the original Tinker Bell movie were for Tink and Silvermist (*cough* plus Fawn/Rosetta but that’s a little less major cause we all already knew it shushie)
Just look at it and try to deny it. Impossible. You know it.