Dean Ambrose Goes Off-Script, Mustafa Ali's Injury and More in WWE Roundup

Mike Chiari

Bleacher Report catches you up on the latest news from the WWE Universe.


Ambrose Reportedly Cut Promo Short on Raw


Dean Ambrose seemed to get back in the good graces of former Shield brother Seth Rollins on Monday's episode of Raw, but The Lunatic Fringe reportedly didn't adhere strictly to the script.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Robert Gunier of, Ambrose was supposed to cut a lengthy promo mentioning Roman Reigns and The Shield before concluding with, "Slay the beast," a reference to Rollins' Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35.

Instead, he came to the ring after The Architect and Paul Heyman engaged in a war of words and said only "slay the beast" before preparing for his match against EC3.

The comment was somewhat strange and unexpected for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact Ambrose and Rollins recently concluded a feud that started when the former attacked the latter and broke up The Shield on the same night Reigns announced he had leukemia.

Also, WWE recently released a statement confirming Ambrose will leave the company and not re-sign when his contract expires in April after reports regarding his intent to depart surfaced.

His comments heading toward WrestleMania likely positioned him as a face, which could lend some credibility to those who believe WWE is merely setting up a storyline by announcing his departure so far in advance.


Ali Reportedly Dealing with Concussion

There is reportedly some doubt regarding Mustafa Ali's availability ahead of the biggest match of his career.

According to Meltzer (h/t Marc Middleton of, the 32-year-old suffered a concussion during a live event match Sunday, and he may not be cleared to compete in the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship at Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Meltzer added that if Ali isn't cleared by doctors prior to SmackDown on Tuesday, he will be replaced in the match.

Currently, he is slated to face Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and WWE champion Daniel Bryan.

Ali has been a key part of SmackDown Live since getting called up from 205 Live, and Elimination Chamber represents his best opportunity yet to show what he can do in the ring athletically.

If he cannot compete, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev are among the Superstars who stand out as potential replacements.


Rhodes Undergoes Knee Surgery

All Elite Wrestling co-founder Cody Rhodes underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday, according to

Rhodes tweeted the following photo following the procedure:

The surgery corrected two meniscus tears he suffered at a Ring of Honor live event in November.

Rhodes continued to work with the injury and most recently dropped the IWGP United States Championship to Juice Robinson at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in January.

Cody's wife, Brandi Rhodes, tweeted about the surgery as well:

AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view is slated for May 25 in Las Vegas, and there has been no official word on whether Rhodes will be healthy enough to compete on that show.

Even if he isn't, the event is shaping up to have a stacked card headlined by the second singles match between Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega.


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