The Shield has once again been blown away and the Hounds of Justice are no longer together. We are talking about Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose; the brothers who are no longer together. Reigns no longer fight inside the ring after announcing he was battling leukaemia, while Rollins and Ambrose parted ways. The big news that has got the wrestling world talking this week is Dean ‘The Lunatic Fringe’ Ambrose’s decision to leave the company after WrestleMania this year.
According to the recent reports in The Sun, ‘The Lunatic Fringe’ turned down the deal because he’s unhappy with the creative direction of his character. The confirmation of his departure was done by WWE in a public statement, but the question is whether releasing Ambrose will be good for the business or not?
Ambrose was the part of WWE’s most destructive team known as ‘The Shield’ but to say that he never got a chance to show his true potential just like his Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will be an understatement.
The first time Ambrose really showed his potential was in 2014 when he was involved in a feud with Seth Rollins after the latter turned his back against The Shield. The very next year he headlined the main event of four pay-per-views and ended the year in a solid feud with Kevin Owens over the Intercontinental Championship.
In 2016, his dream of becoming the world champion was finally fulfilled after he cashed in his ‘Money in the Bank’ on Rollins, but his lacklustre performance as a champion put the title into the creative doldrums. After he lost his title to the phenomenal AJ Styles, he became a mid-card fighter, once again trying to work his way up to the top.
In 2017, Ambrose went into a lengthy injury lay-off and it gave a chance to WWE to work on his character and storyline. When he returned back to the ring, he was once again teamed up with Rollins and Reigns as The Shield was reunited. But his comeback and heel turn was timed to perfection as he turned his back on Rollins last October, the same night when Reigns announced he was battling leukaemia in an emotional RAW segment.
But again his in-ring performance turned into mediocrity, thanks to twists in his character, which involved getting injections to immunize him from fans and wearing a gas mask to the ring. He lost his Intercontinental title to Bobby Lashley two weeks ago on January 14 and was even backed down by Nia Jax in the last episode of Monday Night Raw, on January 28.
Apart from all those heel turns, another understatement in the case could well and truly be the company’s inability to use the fan-favouritism of Dean Ambrose. There is no denying the fact that despite being a mid-card fighter for almost the entirety of his WWE career, he knew how to get the crowd up and rolling with his no-nonsense style of play.
So with his character not getting any proper direction, leaving WWE will be a good option as it will only help him reignite his career if he goes to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) or All Elite Wrestling (AEW).