BY DAVID BIXENSPAN – JAN 31 , 2019
The biggest news in pro wrestling this week probably should have involved in-ring, canonical storyline fallout from WWE’s Royal Rumble weekend in Phoenix. And there was indeed news made there, or at least the set up for the next round between Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch, which will likely be pushed as the first-ever women’s main event at a WrestleMania. There were other things to talk about, and wrestling fans talked about them: the Rumble event being way too long, the return of WWE Superbowl halftime specials, albeit on WWE Network.
But when Pro Wrestling Torch editor Wade Keller reported that Dean Ambrose has given notice to WWE that he’s leaving the company effective the expiration of contract at the end of April, it made news in a way that the Rumble did not. Citing three sources, Keller wrote that Ambrose gave his notice to WWE management, including Vince McMahon, over the Rumble weekend. In so doing, he reportedly turned down a raise that he was offered “weeks ago.”
“Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April,” WWE confirmed in a statement to Deadspin on Tuesday. “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.”
If this all seems more interesting than it might have a year ago, thank the Khan family’s All Elite Wrestling promotion. Before All Elite, the inference would most likely have been that Ambrose was frustrated and looking to pick and choose select dates as an independent … Read the Full Story HERE