On this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, Dean Ambrose suffered a legitimate elbow injury during The Shield's six-man tag team match against Samoa Joe and The Bar. WWE announced that he needed surgery to repair a torn triceps tendon.
Ambrose underwent successful surgery, but PWInsider.com is reporting that the WWE is hoping he will only have to miss two-to-three months of action. If that's the case, he would be back in time for WrestleMania 34, but seems like a sure bet to miss next month's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The creative team now has a tough task of changing up their plans regarding The Shield. There were rumors about Ambrose possibly turning heel and disbanding the alliance, and that could still happen if he's able to return in time at WrestleMania 34. It's possible WWE was planning to have him win the Royal Rumble, which could have set up the unexpected backstab of his Shield mates.
With Ambrose gone, it could mean that both Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will have to feud with The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championships - even though the latter has been feuding with multiple stars over his Intercontinental Championship. He may lose that championship and team up with Rollins, or could possibly fight for the chance to hold two titles at once.
Ambrose's injury is extremely unfortunate, considering The Shield hasn't been back together for that long. Roman Reigns missed a month due to the mumps virus, and was replaced by Kurt Angle at the TLC pay-per-view show.
Having to miss the Royal Rumble will obviously be disappointing for Ambrose, considering he hasn't won it before. But the goal now is for him to return at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.
Hopefully, the elbow injury only does keep Ambrose out for minimal time. We'll have to wait and see how he progresses, though.