WWE superstar Dean Ambrose suffered a serious elbow injury on last week's episode of Monday Night Raw, and the severity of injury wasn't immediately known. Unfortunately, bad news was announced that he will be out for up to nine months after tearing his triceps tendon.
It's obviously devastating news for the WWE, its superstars and fans. Ambrose is one of the company's top superstars, and he was enjoying an excellent run with The Shield. The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania are right around the corner, but Ambrose will be missing both major events.
On top of that, Ambrose was an impressive streak end, as pointed out by Chris Harrington of Wrestlenomics:
Dean Ambrose was the current WWE iron man (1,054 matches between 3/3/2012— Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) December 26, 2017
and 12/18/2017) when he got hurt. He had a gap of 37 days in 2012 and 35 days in 2014 but 2013 was only 13 days, 2015 was only 8 days, 2016 was only 6 days and 2017 was only 12 days. #wrestlenomics
The person who becomes the new WWE iron man? Jimmy Uso. He's been doing WWE shows since 6/4/10 and is at 982 matches currently. If you include FCW, it's even longer. He's had gaps of 15-24 days, but never more than 34 days (2016). #wrestlenomics— Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) December 26, 2017
That's a very impressive streak for Ambrose, when you consider how much work these superstars put in year-round. Unfortunately, it's been hard for WWE superstars to maintain full health over long periods of time.
Seth Rollins tore his MCL and ACL during a show in 2015, and missed half a year while enjoying an excellent run as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Finn Balor also missed eight months and had to relinquish his Universal Championship belt last year, following a shoulder injury.
Speaking of shoulder injuries, Jeff Hardy has been out since September - forcing brother Matt to work alone in singles competition. Of course, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt also missed weeks with the mumps virus.
WWE fans can only hope that Ambrose is able to recover from his elbow injury quicker than expected. It should be noted that former NFL star Ray Lewis tore his triceps and was supposed to miss the rest of the 2012 season. He came back three months later and let the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl 47 championship.
Some superstars like Braun Strowman and Rollins were able to come back quicker than expected, while Balor missed more time than many had originally believed. Here's hoping Ambrose can come back better and healthier than ever. It's time for an new iron man streak to get started.