Dean Ambrose will be defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2016 against Dolph Ziggler. Historically, SummerSlam hasn't been the greatest event for Ambrose. This year, however, marks the first year that his SummerSlam match will have no affiliation with his former brothers from The Shield. While Dean defends the WHC title on SmackDown Live, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were sent to Monday Night Raw in the WWE Draft, where they will crown a new WWE Universal Champion at August's big event.

As part of the SmackDown roster, Ambrose and Ziggler represent the brand that has put a large emphasis on the WWE Superstars and their in-ring performance. Long considered the B-show, there's no question that Ambrose vs. Ziggler at SummerSlam will be compared to Raw's Rollins vs. Bálor. While Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton may get more mainstream media coverage than any other match at SummerSlam, Dean and Dolph will be doing everything in their power to steal the show and put on the best match of the evening.

What follows is one part in a series of WWE SummerSlam history articles, in which we take a look at a WWE Superstar's record (such as Brock Lesnar and Dolph Ziggler) at SummerSlam and see what their past experiences might tell us about that competitor at WWE SummerSlam 2016 on August 21.

Win-loss record at WWE SummerSlam

Dean Ambrose has competed at SummerSlam three times — if you count his pre-show match in 2013. His record at the event overall is 1-2. That includes one loss by disqualification in a title match, one loss in a Lumberjack Match and a single win as part of a tag team last year. 

WWE SummerSlam title matches

The only title match that Ambrose has competed in at SummerSlam was his defense of the WWE United States Championship in 2013 against Rob Van Dam on the pre-show.

At that time, The Shield had been competing on the main roster for less than a year. As all three of them held WWE gold at the time, Rollins and Reigns made sure RVD didn't leave with the title. When Van Dam brought Big Show and Mark Henry with him to ringside, The Shield caused a disqualification so that the US belt stayed around Dean's waist.

Worthy competition at SummerSlam

Even if he's only had three matches, the opponents that Ambrose has faced at WWE's annual August event have been pretty respectable.

A year after facing Rob Van Dan, Dean faced Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match. Thanks to Seth's ties to The Authority, Corporate Kane made the sure that the Architect defeated the Lunatic Fringe. While tagging up with Roman Reigns in 2015, Ambrose faced (and defeated) Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper of the Wyatt Family.

Predictions for SummerSlam 2016

SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan have repeatedly said that they want the focus of the blue brand to be on the in-ring competition.

Undoubtedly, they will have very, very high expectations from Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler, hoping that they can show up Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor. Luckily for McMahon and Bryan, both Ambrose and Ziggler have a history of delivering when it counts. It will be their chance to shine under pressure, as they'll be trying to put on a show that makes everyone forget about Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton.

Dolph Ziggler is the perfect opponent for Dean Ambrose to face at a big event like SummerSlam where you want the champion to go over cleanly in a five-star match-up. Even being in this match is a huge boost for Ziggler's career, so there's no reason to believe he won't be putting Ambrose over. The safe bet would be that Ambrose walks away from SummerSlam 2016 as the World Heavyweight Champion after a grueling match with The Show-Off.

WWE SummerSlam 2016 airs live, August 21, exclusively on the WWE NetworkSummerSlam will be available to stream on-demand immediately via the WWE Network.

The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show begins at 7/6c.

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