It's well-known by now that Dean Ambrose is leaving WWE when his contract expires after WrestleMania 35, but it's also possible that he's already made his final appearance with the company.
According to Cageside Seats, there's a rumor going around that the former WWE Champion "is not expected to appear on television going forward," and that he's unlikely to compete at WrestleMania 35.
If indeed he's done in the WWE now, that means his final match with the company was the loss to Drew McIntyre two weeks ago in a Falls Count Anywhere bout. But it was last week where Ambrose really left with a memorable moment.
Ambrose was absent during the televised part in last week's episode of Raw. However, he appeared when the show went off air and saved Seth Rollins from being attacked by Baron Corbin. Ambrose and Rollins held up hands in the air at the end - perhaps for the final time together.
WWE released a statement in January that confirmed Ambrose was planning to leave when his contract expired. The news was originally broken by Pro Wrestling Sheet - with one unnamed superstar adding that Ambrose grew tired of portraying a "hokey" character.
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Multiple reports suggested that WWE was working extensively to keep Ambrose, but obviously nothing came about. PWInsider.com reported that WWE offered him a five-eyar deal worth seven figures annually, but Ambrose turned it down. The Shield is losing one its members, and WWE will have to find a way to replace the presence and impact Ambrose is leaving behind.
The AEW promotion has already landed Chris Jericho, and it's certainly possible they'll make a play for Ambrose. AEW has landed other major talents like Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, and if the fit looks right to Ambrose, we shouldn't be surprised if he joins the WWE's new rival competitor.
What This Means
If Ambrose has indeed left the WWE now, it's disappointing that fans weren't able to give him that one last thank you and sendoff. Perhaps Ambrose wanted his departure to be low-key, which is why he went out quietly without saying goodbye. We now wait and see what the next chapter holds for his illustrious wrestling career.