Dean Ambrose turned on his Shield brother Dean Ambrose on the same night that Roman Reigns announced that he was taking a medical leave of absence because he has leukemia. This turn also occurred right after Ambrose and Seth Rollins won the Raw Tag Team Titles making it even more effective in drawing heat to the heel turn.
But this is just another instance of Roman’s absence creating a change in WWE. Dean Ambrose was hinting at a heel turn, but it would have been a much slower burn. However, after Reigns was gone, WWE pulled the trigger on The Lunatic Fringe becoming a bad guy.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned that “Ambrose’s turn would have been much later and on Reigns if that was the direction, right now looks out the window.” Therefore, Rollins wasn’t supposed to be the target of Ambrose’s aggression at all. It was noted that Reigns’ most likely WrestleMania opponents were Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose, both heels against a babyface Big Dog.
Ambrose wasn’t booked for WWE Crown Jewel following his heel turn, but he did make the trip. Although you can never count out that Ambrose could get involved with Rollins match against Shinsuke Nakamura, we’re faced with a heel Dean Ambrose going into Survivor Series without a spot on the card.
So instead of getting a long built toward a possible WrestleMania match against Ambrose, Reigns had to relinquish the title and for good reason. But it is still a sad situation.