Dean Ambrose and Nia Jax were supposed to face off in an intergender match in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but that bout has now been cancelled.
Post Wrestling was first to report the news, with WWE claiming that the Ambrose-Jax match advertisement in Jonesboro was "outdated," thus confirming that the two champion superstars won't be squaring off after all.
According to Felix Upton of Ringside News, it's been said that WWE received "an unpleasant call from a sponsor," who emphasized they would work "with a company that supports intergender wrestling." It's not confirmed, but this could be why WWE wound up scrapping the Ambrose-Jax bout.
Jax came out and confronted Ambrose on the Jan. 28 episode of Monday Night Raw, pushing him out of the ring and challenging him - before he was escorted out by WWE referees.
The former Raw Women's Champion also made a statement at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. She claimed the 30th spot after a vicious attack on R-Truth, and even managed to eliminate Mustafa Ali before Rey Mysterio sent her out of the ring.
With WWE confirming that Ambrose is leaving following WrestleMania 35, it seems as though the company wants to give him a handful of memorable matches/feuds before his departure. A match vs. Jax would have been different and unique, but WWE surely would have faced backlash from the incident, as the sponsor seemed to warn them. With that, don't expect WWE to try promoting intergender matches any time soon.
What This Means
Ambrose's rivalry with Seth Rollins appears to be done with now, so it'll be interesting to see what WWE does with him going forward. For Jax, her and Tamina are just getting started as a dominant tag team duo, and we shouldn't be surprised if they wind up becoming the first Women's Tag Team Champions at Elimination Chamber.