Former WWE star Dean Ambrose aka Jon Moxley has opened up about his exit from the company … and he placed a lot of the blame on Vince McMahon.
Moxley was a guest on the latest episode of Talk is Jericho and said he’s been wanting to leave since July of last year due to his frustration with WWE creative.
The new AEW wrestler explained how he never liked doing whacky stuff in WWE or being a prop comic like Carrot Top. He then talked about one experience in particular involving him trying to get a line removed from a promo about a pooper scooper and how difficult it was to make that happen.
Moxley says he hated the promo involving Ambrose getting a shot in the butt because he was told he wouldn’t be doing comedy anymore. When he approached Vince about it, McMahon told him it wasn’t comedy and he’d get lots of heat over it.
The 33-year-old wrestler was also unhappy with his return from injury because he wanted to come back with a new character. Moxley then detailed flying to Stamford to pitch his ideas only to be told later that he was returning to pretty much do his same shtick.
“If I have something to prove, it’s that I want to prove that your creative process — the WWE’s creative process — sucks,” said Moxley. “It does not work. It’s absolutely terrible. And I’ve said that to Vince. I’ve said that to Hunter. I’ve said that to Michael Hayes. I can’t even tell you how their system works.”
Adding, “It’s killing the company, I think. And I think Vince is the problem.”
He then clarified that it’s less the person, Vince McMahon, and moreso the structure that he’s built around himself in WWE involving writers/producers.
“If I had a goal with AEW, it’s that we could prove that Vince’s way sucks,” Moxley continued. “This is not what I’m going to focus on, cause it’s not about competing with WWE … we’re just gonna be over here doing our best. Putting on our best product. And if a byproduct of that is it pushes WWE to reevaluate their creative process, and it makes Vince — not that he’s gonna step aside because we all know he’s gonna die in the chair — but maybe he’ll listen to somebody else’s ideas. Maybe he’ll be open and do it a different way.”
FYI — Jon says he was only paid $500 for The Shield’s Final Chapter special.
Check out the full interview below. It’s worth going out of your way to listen.