DEAN AMBROSE WILL SPEND A NUMBER OF MONTHS ON THE SIDELINES, AFTER AGGRAVATING AN ALREADY EXISTING ARM INJURY.
On Monday Night Raw, WWE ran an injury angle in which The Lunatic Fringe pulled up in the closing stages of a six-man tag team match between him, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan against Samoa Joe and The Bar. Following this, Samoa Joe and The Bar attacked Seth and Dean Ambrose backstage, with Joe slamming a carry case into Ambrose’s injured arm. This now appears to be a way to write ‘The Lunatic Fringe’ off of television, as he is suffering from a triceps injury and has undergone surgery.
WWE.com issued a statement on the situation;
“An MRI has shown suspicion for a high-grade triceps tendon injury, possibly a tear, so he is undergoing surgical exploration and most likely surgical repair of the torn triceps tendon,” WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Chris Amann told WWE.com. “That surgery will be happening later this evening, and we should have some further updates either later tonight or tomorrow morning as to what the findings were, what the structures that were damaged were, and also a timeline for recovery.”
The surgery was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas in Birmingham, Alabama and took around 40 minutes. He told WWE.com;
“He tore some of the distal triceps tendons where it attaches to the forearm bone, called the olecranon. He basically tore about 50 percent of the triceps tendon away from the bone. So yesterday we repaired that back down to the bone where it tore off of. The surgery was very straightforward; we removed all of the extra bursal tissue — all of that extra swollen stuff around his elbow.”
Dean Ambrose could be out for three months maximum with this injury, which would see him return in time for WrestleMania, but for not a lot of time for him to be a major part of the event. This injury could not have come at a worse time for The Shield, who since reforming have suffered their second significant absence in as many months.