Dean Ambrose to miss most of 2018, ending Shield reunion, WWE details surgery (w/Keller’s Analysis)

By Wade Keller, editor

Dean Ambrose (photo credit Wade Keller © PWTorch)


WWE reports today on its website that Dean Ambrose injury “will keep him out approximately nine months.”

“He tore some of the distal triceps tendon where it attaches to the forearm bone, called the olecranon,” Dr. Dugas told “He basically tore about 50 percent of the triceps tendon away from the bone. So yesterday we repaired that back down to the bone where it tore off of. The surgery was very straightforward; we removed all of the extra bursal tissue — all of that extra swollen stuff around his elbow.”

Keller’s Analysis: Often wrestlers beat the expected timeline for recovery, but that’s the worst case scenario among the timelines that have been talked about since his injury and news of his need to have surgery. This effectively ends The Shield reunion, which was already delayed by Roman Reigns’s illness headed into Survivor Series. While losing Ambrose as an active wrestler, it doesn’t mean WWE won’t find a role for him on TV in the mean time. The bigger impact might be on Reigns, who was benefiting from the on-air chemistry he had with his Shield partners. This also appears to be benefiting Jason Jordan, who immediately moves up a notch on the Raw depth chart and is involved in a high-profile storyline with Seth Rollins and Kurt Angle at this time.

1 Comment on Dean Ambrose to miss most of 2018, ending Shield reunion, WWE details surgery (w/Keller’s Analysis)

  1. This is disappointing news. Hopefully Ambrose has a smooth and speedy recovery. It would be interesting to hear Ambrose do some commentary while he’s on the mend, though.

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