Jon Moxley had the wrestling world talking after his memorable debut in the closing stages of AEW debut show Double Or Nothing this past Saturday.
The former WWE Champion has fans talking about him once more thanks to an explosive appearance on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast.
Moxley detailed the past year of his career with the promotion and what triggered him to leave the company, revealing that he actually made the decision to let his contract expire back in July.
However, with the creative juices flowing Moxley came to the conclusion that he would never be allowed to execute any of his ideas in WWE, due to the way the creative process there works.
He noted how he flew to New York to meet with Vince McMahon to discuss his comeback, telling the boss that he hated his own character and he wanted to start fresh as a heel.
Moxley was hoping that things might have changed and that he would have a degree of creative control and some freedom of expression. He noted that he wanted to give WWE one last shot so he would not look back with doubts over whether he had given his run there his all.
Ultimately, McMahon would not allow Ambrose to have his way, as a Shield reunion was already booked for WWE’s Super Showdown in Australia.
Moxley asked instead to be allowed to return at SummerSlam as a surprise and despite that being agreed he was brought back a week early on Raw.
“They couldn’t even do that right” complained Moxley, who criticised WWE’s decision to “over produce” the segment where he returned, which he says hurt the big comeback pop he had been craving since he went on the shelf.
Moxley sat out the remainder of his contract – finally telling WWE on the day of the Royal Rumble that he was not going to re-sign with the company and that no amount of money would make him change his mind.
Moxley makes his AEW debut at Fyter Fest against Joey Janela on June 29 and will make his NJPW debut against Juice Robinson on July 5