AEW Double Or Nothing concluded with Jon Moxley making a huge statement to the pro wrestling world. He is no longer a WWE Superstar and it doesn’t look like he’ll be back any time soon. However, AEW wasn’t his primary destination when he informed WWE that he was leaving the company.
Jon Moxley revealed to Talk Is Jericho that his intentions weren’t to leave for AEW when he told WWE he was rejecting their new offer. He simply wanted out of the company because he was miserable and felt creatively stifled.
That didn’t stop the rumor mill from churning at full-force when the news broke that he wasn’t re-signing with WWE.
“Obviously that was the instant rumor as soon as it came out, ‘Oh he’s going to AEW, but people don’t know anything you know? I saw every possible rumor. I get a text every day with a screenshot or a link or whatever ‘is this true? Is this true? Is this true?’ I guess silence drives people nuts and I’ve just been silent.”
“People just want to know and the people who are supposed to know I guess they have to say something so they keep saying that they’re sending me a new contract. I’m like ‘Okay.’ It’s coming next week — ‘We just gotta get through Saudi and a new contract’s coming, you know?’ I’m like Okay, okay.”
“I’m waiting for it because I’m relishing the opportunity to get a new contract and then saying: ‘Not interested.’ I’m like waiting for it. I’m excited for it because I don’t know how they’re gonna react eventually it just doesn’t come and then it’s like Royal Rumble weekend and I’m thinking like I know I’m supposed to work with Seth on Monday and [Mark] Carrano says it’s coming on Monday and Hunter wants to give it to you personally or whatever. I just couldn’t hold it in anymore we were at some Axxess or something. I just couldn’t hold it in anymore I was like, ‘Dude, look in 114 days or whatever it was I’m gone.'”
“This is what I told Vince too and Hunter I said this is not a decision I came to fast or lightly. This has been a long time coming. I’m not going to change my mind. This is not about any one particular thing. This is not an emotional decision this is happening. I’m leaving and it’s okay.”
Mark Carrano asked if Mox wanted him to tell Vince McMahon. Jon didn’t want to “ruffle any feathers” because it was Royal Rumble weekend and he didn’t tell anybody like Seth because he knew that Rollins was winning the Royal Rumble.
Moxley just wanted to put it out there that he was leaving so they didn’t advertise him for future events. He was also secretly hoping that he’d get to work with Seth Rollins on that Monday and “he’d Curb Stomp me into oblivion and I’d get to go home.”
He didn’t think there was any way they would keep him on television if he knew that he was leaving. Then the next night after the Royal Rumble, Dean Ambrose waited to speak to Vince McMahon about it personally and this interaction did not go well at all.
Vince McMahon was furious at Moxley because he left McMahon with the impression that he would just be taking a break from WWE. However, that obviously wasn’t the case.
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