After being out of action for eight months with a torn triceps injury, Dean Ambrose finally made his long-anticipated return on Monday Night Raw, and he did so in grand style.
The former WWE Champion appeared at the end of the episode, when it was revealed that Ambrose would be in Seth Rollins' corner for the latter's Intercontinental Championship match against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam. The latter will have Drew McIntyre in his corner for the match.
As you can see, Ambrose was sporting a brand new look, a sign that WWE may be looking to twist his character. The Lunatic last wrestled in December, but suffered the torn triceps injury and was ruled out of action for nine months. Turns out, it was actually an eight-and-a-half month absence for Ambrose instead.
Last time Ambrose was in action, The Shield alliance had been reunited for a couple of months. But with Ambrose gone, WWE replaced him with Jason Jordan, who would win the Raw Tag Team Championships with Rollins. Unfortunately, Jordan suffered a neck injury and required surgery in February. He's been out of action since, and Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted there's no timetable on his return.
After Jordan was sidelined, Rollins and Roman Reigns went their own ways. The Architect had a run with the Intercontinental Championship and is getting another crack at it against Ziggler, while Reigns gets a third opportunity to defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
Ambrose is one of the most admired superstars across the WWE Universe, and there's no denying how big of an impact his return will have for the company. There's no better time for his return than before SummerSlam, and we'll surely see him back in action real soon.
It was a difficult and lengthy recovery for Ambrose, but he's now back on top of the wrestling world.