Fans eagerly awaiting the return of Dean Ambrose may have to wait a little longer than expected.
The Lunatic Fringe has been absent from WWE programming since a triceps injury took him out of the ring last December. And, while early estimates suggested he would be back in time for SummerSlam, those may prove inaccurate.
Ambrose was back in Birmingham, Alabama for a follow-up visit for his triceps tear and according to WrestleVotes, a source said, "not to expect him anytime before SummerSlam. September seems more likely at this point."
While this isn't great news, it's not far off the original prognosis of nine months, which would have brought The Lunatic Fringe back to WWE just after one of the company's biggest pay-per-views.
The questions now is, where will Ambrose fit?
Before his injury, Ambrose was teaming with Seth Rollins and in the midst of a feud with The Bar, who are now on SmackDown Live. Jason Jordan, who had temporarily filled in for Ambrose, has also been out with an injury and Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins appear on an eventual collision course for the Universal Title.
Ambrose is a popular personality but his return in September may mean he'll find himself starting from square one.