Dean's long journey.
After being on the shelf for eight months with a with a torn bicep, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose made his return to WWE programming in the closing segment of the August 13th edition of Monday Night RAW. "The Lunatic Fringe" has immediately found himself back in the mix with his Shield-mates and the trio are currently feuding with Braun Strowman and the current RAW Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler.
This upcoming Sunday at the 'Hell In A Cell' PPV, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins will be challenging McIntyre and Ziggler for their RAW Tag Team Titles while Roman Reigns defends his WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman inside Hell In A Cell. Ahead of the PPV, The Shield will be in action tonight at a WWE Live Event at the 'Bert Ogden Arena' and prior to the show Ambrose spoke with 'The Monitor' and reflected on his road to recovery and revealed the struggles that he faced along the way.
"It’s good to get back out in front of people." Ambrose said of his return. "I had a lot of frustration I needed to really get out that built up over the last eight months. It was a long, long period of time. Much longer than [I] would have been anticipated. It was just one nightmare after another. It was a pretty challenging period of time to go through. I ended up having two different surgeries. I had this MRSA, Staph infection, I nearly died. I was in the hospital for a week plugged up to this antibiotic drip thing, and I was on all these antibiotics for months that make you puke and crap your pants.
So it was a pretty rough time. My arm wasn’t healing correctly, and my triceps. It’s kind of an indeterminate period where I initially hurt it." Ambrose said. "I thought it was, we call it Dusty elbows. It’s a pretty typical wrestler thing. You just get this bursa sac of fluid on your elbow from banging it on the mat or whatever. I’ve had that dozens of times on both elbows. It usually just goes away. It was kind of disguised. By the time I finally went and got the first surgery, my triceps was already starting to atrophy and look weird. I wasn’t able to flex my triceps for a really long time, and then the first surgery didn’t really, something went wrong in the process. Probably due to that infection. It’s kind of hard to say when that really even got in my body. This is a long answer to your question, but for a minute there, it was getting scary." Ambrose revealed. "By the time I got that second surgery, it was March I think. My arm was so shrunken and skeletal that it was weird. I hadn’t been able to move it or flex it in so long that I was starting to get scared I wasn’t ever going to get it back. To go from not being able to eat my Froot Loops, to being able to get back in the ring and throw people around and throw punches and do everything back to normal, it was a very gratifying feeling."
As mentioned, Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns will be in championship matches this Sunday and to take a look at the other matches on tap for the 'Hell In A Cell', head over to Fightful's "events" section.