According to an Aug. 6 report from Cageside Seats, former Shield member and current WWE superstar, Dean Ambrose, selected the stipulation for his SummerSlam bout against his former teammate, Seth Rollins. Ambrose, 28, announced on this week's episode of Smackdown that he will take on Rollins in a Lumberjack Match at WWE SummerSlam, two weeks from now at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. SummerSlam, one of the most highly-anticipated WWE pay-per-views of the year, is set for Aug. 17.
Rollins vs. Ambrose is perhaps the finest bout on the SummerSlam card, as WWE Universe has been waiting patiently for the ment to collide inside the ring. Originally, Rollins and Ambrose were supposed to square off on the WWE Battleground pay-per-view card, but the match got cancelled at the last minute. They are now set to compete at WWE SummerSlam. Ambrose earned the opportunity to select the stipulation for his SummerSlam bout with Rollins, by winning the "Beat the Clock" challenge on this week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw in Austin.
During the show, Triple H announced that if Ambrose could defeat his opponent quicker than Rollins, that he would be allowed to select the stipulation for SummerSlam. Ambrose needed over 15 minutes to defeat Alberto Del Rio. That said, most fans thought Rollins would be the winner of the challenge when Heath Slater walked out to face him. Shockingly, Slater defeated Rollins via pinfall when Ambrose came out to the ring, and tossed popcorn in the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Rollins was distracted by Ambrose's ringside antics, so Slated snuck up from behind and pinned him. Since Ambrose won the challenge on WWE Monday Night Raw, he received the opportunity to select the stipulation for his SummerSlam bout with Rollins. Ambrose decided to pick a Lumberjack Match, a rarely used bout type in the WWE.
In a Lumberjack Match, the ring is surrounded by wrestlers who aren't involved in the bout. This is to prevent anyone from fleeing the ring. It's common for Lumberjack Matches to consist entirely of heel wrestlers to stack the odds against the babyface competitor, but it's unclear if that's how the WWE will play it for SummerSlam. Elsewhere on the WWE SummerSlam bill, Brock Lesnar takes on John Cena and Bray Wyatt battles Chris Jericho.