Roman Reigns has made the claim that if Jon Moxley could have been “the man” in WWE he would have never left the company for All Elite Wrestling.
In April 2019, the then Dean Ambrose saw out his WWE contract as he looked to move on to pastures new. In an unusual step, WWE acknowledged Ambrose’s impending departure and had him, and his Shield partners Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins embark on a farewell tour of sorts.
As soon as his contract with the company expired, Ambrose released a video where he told the world he was reverting to his previous wrestling moniker of Jon Moxley. He then wasted no time making headlines as he showed up both in New Japan Pro Wrestling as well as making his AEW debut at Double Or Nothing.
Ahead of SummerSlam, the WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns spoke candidly about the man he stills calls Dean to Ariel Helwani on BT Sport, saying:
“Dean [Moxley], obviously, is doing what Dean is doing. I think he’s happy over there at AEW. If he could have been the man here (in WWE), he would have been the man here, but he couldn’t be the man because I’m the man. Seth Rollins is going through the same thing, but he’s doing great. I can say that as someone who is still doing better than him. I’m the Universal Champion. I’m the Head of the Table. This is my company. He’s still a great talent who is doing some of the best work of his career.”
Headlines were made when Reigns’ SummerSlam opponent John Cena referenced Ambrose in a promo by name, saying that Roman Reigns drove him out of the company.
Reigns went on to say that’s it’s been some time since he last spoke to Moxley:
“It’s been a while. The last time was around WrestleMania. I need to reach out to him and give him a congrats on the baby and everything. With everything going on and pandemic and being back on the road and dealing with John Cena, it’s been a crazy quarter.”
Since joining AEW Jon Moxley has held the AEW World Heavyweight Championship and only recently lost the IWGP US Championship to Lance Archer on AEW Dynamite.