Jon Moxley’s Final 10 WWE PPV Matches, Ranked From Worst To Best
These days, Jon Moxley is a top star in All Elite Wrestling, IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, and overall poster boy of the post-WWE reinvention. But before that, he was “WWE Superstar” Dean Ambrose, a popular singles star and former member of The Shield who WWE seemed to care the least about compared to his tag partners. Despite that, he was always a fun wrestler to watch, and one who was capable of putting on great matches when he was allowed to.
When it comes to Mox’s last 10 WWE pay-per-view matches, it encompasses a surprisingly wide period of time, encompassing 2017 to 2019 thanks to an injury that took him out for most of 2018. As for the quality of the bouts, they range from merely okay to absolutely incredible.
10Dean Ambrose Vs. The Miz – Great Balls Of Fire 2017
2017’s hilariously named PPV Great Balls of Fire had Dean Ambrose challenging The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship with strictly midcard results. The Ambrose/Miz pairing was a bit tired at this point thanks to them having a feud on SmackDown five months earlier, and the match itself is centered around interference from The Miztourage and Maryse until Big Match Mike sneaks in the Skull Crushing finale for the win. It’s one of those PPV matches that feels more like the average TV bout.
9The 2019 Royal Rumble – Royal Rumble 2019
Dean Ambrose’ penultimate PPV match for WWE was the 30-man Royal Rumble, wherein Deano came in at #14, eliminating Johnny Gargano before getting eliminated by Aleister Black after nearly 15 minutes in the fracas.
It’s not his best Rumble performance — that would be 2016 where he was the last guy eliminated — but the match itself was fairly fun, with Seth Rollins’ win being a pretty enjoyable conclusion. This is the men’s Royal Rumble where Nia Jax entered, leading to an abortive feud with Ambrose that was reportedly an attempt to bury him on his way out.
8Dean Ambrose Vs. Seth Rollins – TLC 2018
Ambrose’s heel turn on Seth Rollins on the same night that Roman Reigns announced his battle with leukemia was certainly a bold choice, but the kayfabe heartbreak was expected to lead to a ridiculously intense, emotional match between the former friends. After all, remember how upset Dean was when Seth betrayed the Shield four years earlier.
This TLC match — Ambrose’s last PPV singles match — was unfortunately a slow and subdued bout and not the catharsis fans expected. It didn’t help that it was sandwiched between an amazing Daniel Bryan/AJ Styles match and one of the best women’s matches in WWE main roster history.
7Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre Vs. The Shield – Super Show-Down 2018
The 2017 Shield reunion fizzled due to injury, but the boys reunited in 2018 to take on the singles guy Roman was feuding with (Braun) and the tag team that Dean and Seth were feuding with (Drew and Dolph).
This six-man tag at the Australian iteration of Super Show-Down isn’t The Shield’s best effort, but remains a fun tag match in the tradition of the “Hounds of Justice,” featuring a tease of Ambrose’s heel turn weeks later.
6Braun Strowman, Cesaro, Kane, Sheamus & The Miz Vs. Dean Ambrose, Kurt Angle & Seth Rollins – TLC 2017
One of several would-be Shield reunions over the years, this severely lopsided handicap TLC match was the result of The Miz lobbying for increasing numbers of teammates on his side, leading to an extremely stacked deck thanks to monster heels Kane and Braun Strowman.
Reigns had to drop out due to medical issues, so Kurt Angle filled in for him, making this match more famous for Angle’s return to the ring than anything else. But the match itself is a wacky, overbooked car crash style match that totally works even if it’s a bit overlong at 35 minutes.
5Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre Vs. The Shield – Fastlane 2019
Fastlane 2019’s main event marked not only the last ever PPV appearance of The Shield but also Dean Ambrose’s final PPV match, taking advantage of a brief window of time where Roman Reigns was officially back from beating leukemia and Ambrose was still employed by WWE.
It’s once again a classic Shield match in that it’s a chaotic brawl all over the place with lots of “greatest hits” material for fans while still being a blast to watch. It would probably be considered the last Shield match had WWE not decided to stream Ambrose’s final match with the boys from a house show.
4The New Day Vs. The Shield – Survivor Series 2017
The “battling for brand supremacy” gimmick of modern Survivor Series events is impossible to buy into, but the shows are generally pretty fun for the “dream match” potential. 2017’s edition of the show is a great example of this, as The Shield opened the show taking on The New Day in a six-man tag
While it wasn’t the huge epic that some might expect — after all, there was literally nothing on the line for either team — it was a fun, straightforward match between two of WWE’s best trios, offering a fun clash of styles considering both teams have very different sensibilities.
3The Bar Vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins – SummerSlam 2017
After a couple of years apart as teammates, Dean and Seth rekindled their friendship in July of 2017, leading to a SummerSlam match against Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Championship.
It proved to be a strong match that got seriously great by the time it ended, with the big, strong heels of The Bar proving to be great foils for the smaller, scrappier babyfaces. Ambrose and Rollins would emerge from this match with the tag straps, solidifying their reunion.
2The Bar Vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins – No Mercy 2017
About a month after losing the titles to Dean and Seth, The Bar got a rematch for the belts in an effort that proved a superior sequel to a match that was already pretty great. It’s an intense affair, with lots of great double team moves, and would become infamous for Cesaro sustaining a gnarly injury to his front teeth. But Cesaro’s bloody mouth enhanced the intensity of the bout, which would end in Ambrose and Rollins retaining the Tag Title.
1Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins Vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre- Hell In A Cell 2018
After getting injured in late 2017, Dean Amborse would finally return in August of 2018 to team with Seth Rollins in a match against Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre for the Raw Tag Team Championship.
Their match at Hell in a Cell was a real show-stealer — an awesome, fast-paced affair that caused many fans to compare it to the high-quality NXT TakeOver bouts that regularly stoel the thunder of main roster WWE shows. It was a strong return for Ambrose, too, who was soon to embark on some questionable paths on his way out of the company.