Jon Moxley leaving WWE to ultimately arrive in AEW was one of the first major shifts in wrestling after AEW’s launch. Now, Stephanie McMahon has said that Moxley’s departure was a mutual decision.
“In his particular case, he was leaving anyway. I do believe that was a mutual decision, though I wasn’t part of those conversations. His case is a little different. I remember back when it was WCW and our talent were getting stripped away and showing up on their show. It taught us a lot about business. Handshake deals don’t necessarily matter at the end of the day. You need to have contracts and do business differently. That was key learning at that time. From this time, we’ll see where it all shakes out. We’re constantly talking about how we can be better and what we can do better. We always want to be the best company we can be for our fans, shareholders, employees, and talent. We want to be the best.”
If you have listened to Jon Moxley talk about his WWE departure, he has made it clear they wanted him to sign a new contract. So you can choose to believe who you want.