An interesting tidbit from the post-Raw edition of Wrestling Observer Radio has been making the rounds. It deals with Dean Ambrose’s appearance on last night’s show.
At this point, everyone knows that Ambrose has given notice to WWE and will be leaving when his contract is up in April. The company took the unusual step of officially confirming that fact after it was reported by third parties, and that had the unusual effect of getting more cheers for the Lunatic Fringe – despite that historically when it leaks out a performer is leaving The ‘E fans turn on them (see: Goldberg & Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XX), and that he was still playing a heel.
So on the Feb. 11 edition of Raw, WWE turned Dean babyface for the last six or so weeks of his run. He wrestled the role, and beat EC3 in his second main roster match (for some reason). But that wasn’t the strangest thing. Apparently, he was supposed to deliver a promo to Seth Rollins explaining the turn, and… just decided not to.
On WOR, Dave Meltzer said the following:
“They had something scripted and Dean wasn’t feeling it and Dean did what he did and my god was it bad. So Dean turned babyface by essentially wishing Seth Rollins luck in his match with Brock Lesnar, and then he was a babyface in a match with EC3…
So originally, he was actually supposed to explain why he would say ‘Slay the Beast’. But – he didn’t, so he just said ‘Slay the Beast’… It [the promo scripted for Ambrose] was one of those about, it was the deal of whatever – we started together, blahblah, the whole Shield thing and Roman Reigns and all that…”
Must be nice for Ambrose to just do what he feels like, and that’s the risk WWE takes sending a short-timer out on live television.
But it’s just… weird. And the situation was weird to begin with. Hey, we told you we thought these next few weeks would be interesting…