WWE has confirmed rumors reported earlier this morning that Dean Ambrose is leaving the company after WrestleMania in April. PWTorch's Wade Keller broke the news on Tuesday that Ambrose was apparently dissatisfied with his booking and didn't plan to renew his contract, even if offered more money. In a rare move for WWE, which normally does not comment on wrestler's contracts other than to wish them well in their future endeavors after they've already left, the company posted the following message on its website:
Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April.
We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE.
It's unclear why WWE chose to comment on Ambrose's departure before it actually happens. It could be that they view it as futile to avoid commenting since in the modern age everyone will read the rumors on the internet anyway. Maybe he's leaving amicably and has assured them he won't work for another wrestling company. Either way, knowledge of Ambrose's looming departure is sure to affect fans perception of any storylines and matches he takes part in between now and April (that is, assuming he will continue to be featured on WWE TV).
Of course, anything that WWE allows fans to see is part of the ongoing work of pro wrestling, and we've already seen WWE use Brock Lesnar's contract negotiations as a storyline in recent years, hoping that fans would finally cheer for Roman Reigns over Lesnar if they thought Lesnar was set to betray them. However, as we sadly learned, the only Beast capable of getting people to cheer for Reigns turned out to be Leukemia. If Ambrose does continue to appear on WWE programming until WrestleMania, WWE will be able to promote the idea that he's a loose cannon with nothing left to lose, and as such he could say or do things that a wrestler hoping to keep their job could not.
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