With Dean Ambrose is leaving the WWE when his contract expires this moth, The Shield's "Final Chapter" and match will air be broadcast by WWE Network on Sunday evening.
Ambrose decided not to sign a new contract with WWE, and the company confirmed in a statement back in January that he would be leaving when his deal expired. And so, the end of an era has come - and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will stand as the only Shield members left in WWE.
On their YouTube channel, WWE posted a video that documented some of The Shield's moments backstage. Reigns was asked about possibly trying to convince Ambrose to stay on board. But Reigns explained why he's respecting his friend's decision, and why he isn't going to try and change Ambrose's mind. You can see the video below. (transcriptions via Ringside News):
"Naw, the jokes are over, I want him to be happy. He seems like he’s in a good place and he’s happy, so that’s the key. That’s the key to life to just be happy. So different material situations and objects will come and go so where your heart is and what makes you smile I think is the most important thing and ultimately that’s what we want for each other.
We started out this crazy world by taking over this mountain and putting our flags in it so being able to achieve all of those things and now it’s back to the simple things and that’s just keeping a smile on our faces and keeping us happy so it’ll be fun… but it’s time to go."
Both Reigns and Rollins were surprised (just like the rest of us), but both have expressed support for Ambrose's decision. Rollins did say in a recent interview with The Quad-City Times that he thought The Shield "would live forever."
But at the end of the day, Ambrose decided it was time to move on. Pro Wrestling Sheet was forced to report that Ambrose was planning to leave, with one superstar saying he grew tired of portraying a "hokey" character. Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com reported that Ambrose rejected a five-year deal worth seven figures a year.
Ambrose has enjoyed an excellent run in WWE, and The Shield will go down as the greatest stable of this decade - and perhaps the greatest in the 21st century. But all good things must come to an end, and Ambrose decided it was time to move on and start fresh elsewhere.
What This Means
Reigns and Rollins are simply being great friends in understanding and respecting Ambrose's decision. It's obviously going to be hard for some to understand why things got to this, but Ambrose is only doing what he has to - and it's up to WWE to find the right replacement in The Shield. That's easier said than done, though.