According to reports, WWE’s Dean Ambrose (John Good) is expected to leave the company after WrestleMania 35.
First reported by PW Torch’s Wade Keller, the “Lunatic Fringe” is ready to go, the results of character frustrations and direction. Keller wrote of Ambrose, “He’s indicated to WWE management this weekend he’s not interested in negotiating further and made it clear this isn’t about trying to get more money.”
Of course it’s not about the money. Dean Ambrose has always been the third wheel of The Shield, and has not gotten the push he’s deserved over the years because well, they really don’t know what to do with him. This latest little stint with him and Nia Jax exchanging words is just the WWE using him to push Nia Jax into a possible Inter-gender match at WrestleMania 35. Ambrose has realized that any chances at a major title run (or a title run at all) are back burner stuff for him. He’s ready to do more than just crazy stuff.
How does this affect the WWE Universe? The lack of Ambrose on The Shield (as soon as Roman is well, prepare to have it rammed down your throats again…) simply gives someone else a chance to step up. He’s not a major hit to the show, and will easily be replaced by someone else. He was only running programs with Seth Rollins, which got old quick. This rumored exit plan also explains why he was eliminated in the Royal Rumble. I would think they had more in store for the guy, but after news like this, he was in there for the thrill of it.
Dean Ambrose is one of those guys that deserved a push for the Universal Title. Force feeding the WWE Universe Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for several PPVs, on top of storylines that go nowhere, Ambrose should have been more in the mix. The real question is does he goto TNA Wrestling or the newly formed AEW? With Jim Ross, Chris Jericho, and The Revival all reportedly expressing interest in that company, I cannot imagine why he wouldn’t find a home there.
Dean Ambrose joined the WWE main roster with the Shield in 2012. During that time he won the United States Championship, his first. That led to a 351-day reign, third-longest in WWE History. After the Shield’s breakup, he’s been a WWE World Heavyweight Champion (x1), an Intercontinental Champion (x3), and a Raw Tag Team Champion with Seth Rollins twice. Let’s not forget he was also the 2016 Money In The Bank Ladder Match winner. He’s also the 16th Grand Slam Champion. Ambrose could have easily dominated Monday Night Raw as a face, because during these reigns he remained the crowd favorite, always getting good pops from the crowd whenever they saw him come through the ropes. And he’ll only receive more now that the word is out about his possible exit. The fans won’t let him leave easily, so I’m sure there will be a parting speech before he leaves the WWE.