WWE has used a lot of real-life badnes to get heat before on television. In fact, Vince McMahon’s Mr. McMahon character was created in a way out of a bad situation he had with Bret Hart over a contract which caused The Hitman to leave the company on very bad terms after the infamous Montreal Screwjob.
Randy Orton told Rey Mysterio that Eddie Guerrero was “down there” during their feud as well which was tasteless and turned a lot of people off. Threfore, it’s well within WWE’s wheelhouse to use something tragic off screen to enhance to stories they tell on television. But when Dean Ambrose brought up Roman Reigns on Raw last week, a lot of people thought he went way too far.
Ambrose said that Roman Reigns will have to answer to his maker for his sins of the Shield and it lit a fire under everyone. Not only were fans upset, but apparently WWE management heard about it as well. This is why you seemed to have a different slant on a heel Dean Ambrose this week on Raw.
He was seen in a backstage segement in a doctor’s office taking a series of painful shots to vaccinitate himself because he needed extra protection against the filthy fans in Houston that will be at Raw next week. It was noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that this kind of tact is likley to continue from Ambrose because WWE has appeared to have backed off of bringing up Roman Reigns’ leukemia to get heat on the feud. It was heavy critisized by a lot of people, after all.
We previously reported that Brock Lesnar’s WrestleMania program is planned to heavily involve Roman Reigns’ situation as well. So maybe WWE just decided to tone down The Big Dog references for now with all the intention in the world of turning it back up to 11 on the road to Mania.
Only time will tell if WWE uses Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins name dropping Roman Reigns during the build in their feud because they aired something in a video this week. But, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear a lack of Reigns on WWE television for now as we all wait for the day he can make his return.