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Is Dean Ambrose Already Gone From WWE?

Is Dean already gone?

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Dean Ambrose is on his way out of WWE. Or maybe he isn’t. Both opinions have been bandied about online for a few months now and the only one that really seems to know the truth is Ambrose himself.

But The Lunatic Fringe isn’t talking. Dean doesn’t do social media and he never really has. He also rarely appears out of character, all of which means it’s incredibly hard to know exactly what’s going on in his mind. Why is he leaving? Is he really that fed up with WWE and is he heading to AEW? Is it possible that Dean Ambrose is already gone from Vince McMahon’s company?

WWE advertised The Shield’s Fastlane match against Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin as the last ride for The Hounds of Justice. The point was hammered home in the days leading to the event, during the event and on the Monday Night Raw after the event.

All of this led many fans to question if Ambrose was ever truly leaving in the first place. After all, to get an “official” word from WWE that Dean is leaving was one thing. But for the company to suddenly begin pushing the narrative on TV is something else altogether.

Why would the company begin driving the story as a focus on WWE programming? What’s the reason behind it? Dean never announced a farewell tour and even if he wanted to, would WWE have allowed that to happen? When was the last time that an active Superstar’s impending departure was written into the storyline unless that Superstar was set to retire?

WWE’s work to constantly remind the world that Dean is leaving reeks of a work. Fans know this and recognized it from the very beginning. Had WWE kept quiet about the situation and never pursued it on TV, maybe fans wouldn’t currently be spreading their conspiracy theories.

Fans believe that Ambrose is not gone and all of this is nothing more than a way to perhaps repackage him and eventually start over. Who can blame them for feeling this way? WWE isn’t always forthright with the truth and the company must always do what’s good for business. So what is the truth?

The fact is that WWE’s heavy-handed work before, during and after Fastlane suggests that Dean Ambrose’s run is already over. He doesn’t really have anything to do now, as The Shield wrapped up its angle with Corbin and company.

Ambrose’s issues with Seth Rollins have been swept under the rug. Roman Reigns wanted his boys back together for one last ride and that’s what he got. Dean didn’t speak at Fastlane and he also didn’t speak at Raw on the next night. He doesn’t seem interested in cutting a promo and WWE doesn’t seem interested in giving him the mic.

Of course all of that could be done by design, but who knows for certain? Rumors are already spreading that WWE intends on keeping The Shield going and that Ambrose will be replaced. All signs point to the end. Dean’s WWE contract is reportedly up at the end of April but is it possible that he will now sit out the remainder of his time and not be used on TV?

It seems like an odd notion to pay a man to sit at home but it’s been done many times before. Ambrose doesn’t seem to be a problem backstage and virtually no one has complained outside of WWE that he’s poison in the locker room. 

But maybe he’s just finished. He supposedly has not been happy with the nonsense in WWE over the past several months and if that’s true, then fans can completely understand it. Monday Night Raw has not been the best pro wrestling program on a consistent basis in a very long time. WWE can do better and everyone knows it.

So for a guy like Dean Ambrose, who is passionate about the business and wants more from it than just sports entertainment, his current run has surely not been much fun. He was poised to become the top heel in WWE but his turn was mishandled from day one. WWE just didn’t seem to know where to go next and he struggled as a result.

But AEW is an option and fans can’t ignore that. A lot of money is being thrown around to sign talent and there definitely seems to be a very solid business plan in place. But it’s extremely easy to automatically declare that Cody Rhodes’ new company is Dean’s next landing spot. The truth is that every time a WWE Superstar has a bad night now, he’s suddenly on his way to AEW.

Perhaps Ambrose will become a major star in AEW. It’s hard to believe that he would go to Impact Wrestling or even Ring of Honor, though neither company is out of the realm of possibility. What are the chances that he could go to New Japan Pro Wrestling and become one of the hottest new stars in the entire company?

Or what if it’s all just a work and Dean Ambrose isn’t going anywhere? The guessing game becomes tiresome for many fans, who just want to know the truth. But that’s the allure of pro wrestling and the only option that everyone has is to just wait this one out. Dean Ambrose was an integral part of WWE over the past seven years and if he’s gone, then he will surely be a big star in his new venture. But what happens next is anyone’s guess.


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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