Dean Ambrose is suffering from a legitimate triceps injury, WWE announced on Tuesday.
WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Chris Amann discussed details of the injury:
“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. 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.”
Ambrose reportedly was injured before Monday's episode of Raw, and WWE decided to involve him in an injury angle on the show, according to PWInsider's Mike Johnson.
On Raw, Ambrose favored his elbow during a six-man tag team match against Samoa Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro. After the match, Joe slammed Ambrose's arm inside a road case, which WWE.com reported exacerbated his injury.
Ambrose has been a major part of WWE programming in recent months due to the reformation of The Shield along with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Rollins and Ambrose have been chasing the Raw Tag Team Championships after losing them to Cesaro and Sheamus, but they fell short in their attempt to regain them a couple of weeks ago.
The 32-year-old Ambrose is a true workhorse who hasn't missed an extended period of time for WWE during his tenure since getting elevated to the main roster in 2012.
Ambrose is one of only 21 Superstars in WWE history who is recognized as a Grand Slam champion. He has held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship and the tag titles.
If Ambrose misses time, Rollins and Reigns will likely be left to fend off Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro on the next several episodes of Raw leading up to the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and beyond.
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