Stephanie McMahon has said that Jon Moxley’s departure from WWE in 2019 was a “mutual decision” taken by both Moxley and the company.
Jon Moxley then known as Dean Ambrose left WWE in April 2019 after eight years with the company. In an unusual step, WWE acknowledged Moxley’s impending departure from the company. A special live event entitled ‘The Shield’s Final Chapter aired on the WWE Network on the 21st of April 2019 in which The Shield defeated Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley in a six-man tag team match.
Stephanie McMahon, the Chief Brand Officer of WWE has discussed Moxley’s departure from the company on The Bill Simmons Podcast. McMahon noted that his departure was different from those seen during the boisterous ‘Monday Night Wars.’
“In his particular case, he was leaving anyway, and I do believe that was a mutual decision. Though, I wasn’t a part of those conversations. His case is a little bit different, but I remember back when it was WCW and the Monday Night Wars and our talent were getting stripped away and showing up on their show. I think it taught us a lot about business. Handshake deals don’t necessarily matter at the end of the day. You need to have contracts. You need to do business differently.”
On May 25th, 2019, Moxley made his All Elite Wrestling debut at their Double Or Nothing pay-per-view in Las Vegas. Moxley surprised everyone by entering through the crowd after the main event between Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. Moxley nailed Jericho before attacking Omega and hitting his double arm DDT on the current AEW Champion on a stack of poker chips on the stage.
In an interview with Jericho on Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast not long after his departure from WWE, Moxley stated that it was his issues with his creative direction that caused him to walk away.
Since leaving WWE Jon Moxley has also competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling. He took part in the 2019 G1 tournament before winning the IWGP US Championship – a title Moxley still holds.
Jon Moxley recently took part in Bloodsport 6 where he faced former NJPW competitor Josh Barnett in the main event. Then at the culmination of GCW’s Spring Break, Moxley confronted new GCW Champion and former CZW rival Nick Gage.