WWE has already confirmed that Dean Ambrose will be leaving when his contract expires after WrestleMania 35, giving "The Lunatic" two months left here before departing for the next chapter of his wrestling career.
It was first reported by Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet that Ambrose was on his way out of the WWE, having grown frustrated with the direction of his character. One unnamed superstar said Ambrose was tired of portraying a "hokey" wrestler, which led to his decision in not re-signing with WWE.
According to H Jenkins of Ringside News, Ambrose was also "upset" about talks that he was only talking to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), in order to earn more money from the WWE. It's been said that Ambrose isn't at all worried about maxing out on cash, which also explains why he's leaving WWE.
Ambrose is one of the many superstars who have been linked to possibly joining AEW. Randy Orton is reportedly "open" to talking to them about a deal. The Revival - along with Mike and Maria Kanellis - have reportedly requested their releases from WWE, leading to speculation that AEW could pick up those talents as well.
Furthermore, the contracts of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Gallows & Anderson all expire soon. Though Styles is reportedly expected to re-sign, the futures for the other superstars are unknown at this time.
Ambrose has been one of the most successful and beloved superstars since debuting as part of The Shield in 2012. But this main event superstar has been the subject of some poor booking from the creative team, so it's not hard to see why he wants to leave and explore other opportunities.
What This Means
WWE will surely miss Ambrose's presence when he decides to leave, and it will hopefully serve as a reminder to the creative team about the importance of booking their top stars accordingly. For all we know, Ambrose will end up starting a movement where disgruntled superstars opt to leave, rather than be forced to portray characters they're not happy with.