WrestleMania 34 could have looked very different had Dean Ambrose not suffered an injury which then required surgery.
It was speculated that following The Shield reunion - which never completely happened in the first place - The Lunatic Fringe would turn heel and then have a one on one match against Seth Rollins at the Grandest Stage of them All.
Instead, many believe Ambrose has suffered an injury setback, which is why he may have been pulled from WrestleMania Axxess next Sunday where he won’t be able to sign autographs and has been replaced by Ric Flair and Sting.
Although, a return has also been rumoured.
The Kingslayer, though, will still be at the event in New Orleans on April 8 and will face off against The Miz and Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Championship with Ambrose - potentially - being forced to watch from the sidelines.
The news of the injury understandably took a toll on Roman Reigns, and not only because of the bond they share thanks to their time as part of The Shield.
The Big Dog, who challenges Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34, recently told CBS Sports that not only did the locker room lose a leader once Ambrose was injured, but also put into perspective at how tough it was to see him suffer an injury because of the workhorse he’s been in WWE and has missed minimal time.
According to NoDQ, he said: “But it’s just tough, though.
“Unfortunately, for me, I got sick and then Dean. That’s the real part that sucks for us, cause not only did we lose our third member of The Shield...the whole locker room lost a leader. A workhorse, a guy who shows up.
“To be honest, Dean has been the guy who’s been on the road longer than all of us. We’ve all experienced injuries; Seth blew his knee up, I had the hernia, the nose...stuff like that.
“He was the only one that still like, hadn’t had time off in five years. So, I mean, a lot of props to him. He’s an ironman for sure.”
It’s clear that it took many by surprise, especially since Ambrose is someone who has never suffered a major injury and has been constantly appearing on both television and the live events.
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