The October 22, 2018 episode of Monday Night Raw will go down as one of the most memorable in the history of WWE‘s flagship show. Roman Reigns announced in the opening segment that he had been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time, relinquishing the Universal Championship in the process, and the final segment saw Dean Ambrose shockingly attack Seth Rollins moments after winning the Raw Tag Team Championship.
That incident should have made Ambrose one of the most despicable bad guys that WWE has ever seen. Instead, he has had one of the worst heel runs of the decade and it has been confirmed that he will leave the company when his contract expires after WrestleMania 35.
With the latest Shield reunion scheduled for Sunday’s Fastlane pay-per-view, let’s take a look at five things that would NOT have happened if Ambrose remained a babyface in October and delayed his heel turn for a later date…
#5 AOP tag title reign
Following Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose’s Raw Tag Team Championship triumph against Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler on October 22, “The Kingslayer” walked around for a couple of weeks with three titles — both Raw Tag Team titles, plus his Intercontinental title — but he had one major problem: Ambrose refused to defend the tag titles with him.
If “The Lunatic Fringe” held fire on his heel turn for another time, there is no way that Rollins would have been forced to defend both titles on his own against AOP in Manchester, England on the pre-recorded November 5 episode of Raw. Akam and Rezar picked up the win, of course, ending Rollins & Ambrose’s reign after just two weeks.
AOP’s reign wasn’t much better, lasting 35 days before losing to Chad Gable & Bobby Roode, and it probably wouldn’t have happened at all if The Shield remained together.