The reasoning is down to Ambrose currently being advertised for WWE live events in Europe taking place in May, which is after his contract is set to expire in April. Ambrose had previously told WWE he was quitting when his contract was up and WWE confirmed the news on its website.
Slice Wrestling claims that the return of Roman Reigns has caused Ambrose to rethink his future, noting that WWE and Ambrose “continue to make positive progress towards a resolution”. They also claim the real life situation of Ambrose wanting to leave WWE is now going to be used as a storyline to “work” the audience.
They later added that the situation between Ambrose and WWE has become “much more positive” and that Ambrose is “happy with his position”. Slice also claims that Ambrose and WWE are now discussing a new deal, with Fightful weighing in that WWE wants Reigns to use his friendship with Ambrose to influence him to change his mind about walking.
So could Ambrose stay?
If anything has changed between WWE and Ambrose then it has only come about recently, likely since the return of Reigns to television this past week. Prior to that, the way WWE were using Ambrose made it very clear that he was on the way out.
He was reduced to doing the “hokey s**t” that he reportedly hates and doing jobs in short order on TV, which he countered by not following the script on two different occasions (in a promo with Rollins a few weeks back and by not coming out at the end of the Reigns return segment on Monday).
While it is definitely possible that Ambrose and WWE could work out a new deal, our own sources indicate that this is still some way off. We are told that Ambrose has been unhappy in WWE for some time and wants to take time away from wrestling, similar to what CM Punk did in 2014.
As for Ambrose being advertised for the house shows, recent history has taught us that this means very little. WWE advertises its event rosters months in advance and rarely does the final line-up match those early adverts. Especially considering that by May there will have been a Superstar Shakeup, meaning the roster might have a completely different makeup on each brand.
One only has to look at the local advertising for Fastlane several months ago, which promised several matches that do not appear to be happening, for evidence of how little those advance ads mean.
As ever with WWE the card is subject to change, so nothing should be read into Ambrose being advertised for anything beyond April at this point.
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