“Don’t Bet On That One” – Jon Moxley Will Not Be Returning To WWE

Jon Moxley in the crowd

Despite suggestions that the recent changes at the top of WWE could see him make the jump, it has been reported that Jon Moxley will not be going anywhere any time soon.

The recent retirement of Vince McMahon has led to a significant reorganisation at the top of the company, with Triple H becoming Head of Creative as well as Head of Talent Relations. His wife Stephanie McMahon is now Chairwoman and co-CEO with Nick Khan.

This has led to speculation that a number of former WWE and NXT stars could return to the company due to good relationships with Triple H in particular. This was bolstered by a report which featured quotes from a current AEW star who said that if Triple H was in his current role with the WWE while they were there, they would have probably resigned.

One name that has been linked with a return upon the expiry of his contract is Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. However, fans shouldn’t expect to see the popular star heading back to WWE any time soon.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez discussed Moxley’s match on the July 27th Dynamite with RUSH and his subsequent promo aimed at Chris Jericho. A fired up champion said that he was done with Jericho’s sport’s entertainment “bullsh*t” before deriding him as pathetic.

In reviewing the segment, Meltzer commented on the speculation around the champion.

“It’s something, now Levesque [Triple H] is in there, people are saying all these guys are gonna go back, and like I said, when top guy’s contracts are up they’re gonna get real good offers to go back, or guys that have never been there to go. That’s just going to be the nature of the beast, and Tony Khan’s gonna have to either offer them big contracts too or they’ll go.

I saw Moxley’s name, people going like ‘Oh now with Vince [McMahon] gone Moxley will whatever.’ All I will say is, don’t bet on that one. I mean you never say never but that is one…”

Bryan Alvarez pointed to Moxley’s promo, suggesting that it shows a WWE return isn’t exactly high on his return of priorities, but all the same he should “play the game.” Meltzer agreed, but recalled that Moxley has repeatedly told him he will never work from a script again in wrestling, something WWE is famous for.

“He should play the game but he’s told me, on more than one occasion, that he will never read a script unless it’s in a movie or a television show. But if it’s pro wrestling, he’ll never read a script again. He will never recite from a script again.”

Alvarez added that if WWE wanted him badly enough a deal could be made, but Meltzer appeared to rule that out before noting that his AEW contract has a long time to run.

During the podcast, Meltzer also explained that he expects the animosity between WWE and AEW to ramp up in the coming weeks.

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