Dean Ambrose suffered a tricep injury that took him out of action for nine months. He returned just before SummerSlam 2018 on the same night that his wife Renee Young started her full-time RAW announcer role and it's possible WWE might not have forgotten about that.
WWE has executed a deal in their previous contracts where the have frozen Superstar contracts due to them being injured and unable to work. Rey Mysterio and others have been through this and as Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer radio, WWE could have the power to do the same with Dean Ambrose. However, it’s not likely.
“He’ll be a free agent in April, yeah but they could freeze him for nine months, right.”
“I don’t think they’ll be able to because they basically wrote themselves that he’s done in April. So to me that means if they did that they can’t freeze him because they basically just told you.”
The statement from WWE acknowledging Ambrose's exit does seem to put them in conundrum. Now way more fans are expecting Ambrose’s exit whereas other fans might not have known except for the wonderful people who utilize the Internet Wrestling Community.
It is still interesting that WWE would address a top Superstar leaving as they generally don't announce anything more than future endeavours, in fact the situation is so rare that in recent history only two major instances exist, in 1994 Vince McMahon addressed Macho Man Randy Savage leaving on RAW and in 1996 Kevin Nash's departure was announced on AOL.
So in our opinion it’s not likely that they will tack on an extra nine months to make up for Ambrose’s injury that kept him out of action for most of 2018. But then again Vince McMahon has changed his mind about other things before.
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