Last night at the WrestleMania 33 pre-show, Dean Ambrose defended the Intercontinental Championship against Baron Corbin.
It was a last minute decision to move the Intercontinental Championship match to the WWE Pre-Show. The 6-Pack Challenge match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship was originally in this spot. Fans were outraged. Saying that the Women of Smackdown deserved better then the WrestleMania Pre-Show. After a social media uproar, that match was moved back to the main card.
The Intercontinental Championship match had great potential. A young, fresh upstart in Baron Corbin. And a fan favorite in Dean Ambrose. But, something was off. Both competitors weren’t competing at their full capacity.
Rumor has it that both Ambrose and Corbin were extremely disappointed that their match was moved from the main card to the Pre-Show. So were many fans. Especially since Pitbull’s performance lasted nearly 10 minutes and The New Day had two Unnecessary segments. With better time management The IC Title match could’ve still been on the main card.
Ambrose and Corbin could’ve put on a 5* match if they were allowed the creative freedom to do so. If they were able to have a street fight or no holds barred match they would’ve torn the house down. Although Ambrose finally got his WrestleMania moment by retaining his Intercontinental Championship, the match was incredibly lackluster.
It is rumored that Corbin will be getting another shot at the IC Title sooner rather than later. Corbin has proved to be one of the major players on Smackdown Live. And the Intercontinental Championship would be the perfect first title for him to hold in the WWE. Hopefully this rivalry has time to heat up and produce some better matches. At least better then the one we saw last night.