Dean Ambrose's contract expires after WrestleMania 35, and though it's been reported that he's planning to leave, WWE hasn't given up on retaining him and signing the Shield member to a new deal.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Ringside News), WWE is still working towards keeping Ambrose. His contract expires in just a few weeks now, and the clock is ticking against WWE, so they know it's now or never in securing Ambrose for a few more years.
Pro Wrestling Torch initially reported at the end of January that Ambrose was planning to leave the WWE. They cited one unnamed superstar who said that the former WWE Champion grew tired of playing a "hokey" character, which influenced his decision to leave.
Shortly after this report came out, WWE.com announced in a statement that Ambrose was indeed planning to leave. But over the past few weeks, multiple reports have stated that WWE is still trying to keep Ambrose, although all signs still point towards him leaving following the end of his deal.
Roman Reigns recently did an interview with Sky Sports and talked about Ambrose's looming departure. Reigns admitted that his friend's decision to leave "is a big shock," but added that they'll "be good," so long as Ambrose is happy. That would hint that Reigns knows Ambrose is leaving at this point, meaning WWE's final efforts here may be all for nothing.
Rajah.com also reported that WWE could be taking Renee Young, the wife of Ambrose, off of Raw commentary. Whether that has anything to do with Ambrose and his pending departure remains to be seen, but the future of this popular wrestling couple appears to be very up in the air right now. Barring any last-minute change of mind from Ambrose, the former WWE Champion seems content with leaving and exploring other opportunities.
What This Means
Money obviously isn't an issue to Ambrose here, as PWInsider.com reported that he rejected a five-year deal worth seven figures annually. In that case, it's anybody's guess what kind of negotiating tactics WWE will use in their last-ditch effort to secure Ambrose. But the bottom line here is that time isn't on their side, and the chances of keeping him are dwindling every day.