Jon Moxley turned the wrestling world upside last Saturday night when he made his debut with All Elite Wrestling at the conclusion of Double or Nothing when he attacked Chris Jericho and then Kenny Omega prior to the PPV going off the air.
Moxley’s WWE career came to an end last month, however apparently AEW wasn’t his intention when he initially told WWE he was rejecting their offer to re-sign with the company.
On the latest episode of the Talk is Jericho podcast Moxley sat down and talked about wanting out of WWE and revealed that he was miserable and felt creatively stifled while with the company.
“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 then asked if he wanted him to tell Vince McMahon what was going on, but Mox didn’t want to “ruffle any feathers” considering that it was Royal Rumble weekend and he didn’t want to tell anyone because he knew that Rollins was going to be winning the Rumble.
Mox simply wanted to put it out there that he was planning on leaving the company so that they didn’t continue to advertise him for future events. In addition, he was also secretly hoping that he would get the opportunity to work with Seth Rollins on that Monday and that “he’d curb stomp me into oblivion and I’d get to go home.”
Moxley went on to say that he did not think that there was any way WWE would keep him on TV once they knew that he planned on leaving the company. The night following the Royal Rumble he wanted to speak with Vince McMahon about things personally, and this interaction between the two did not go well at all.
He said that Vince McMahon was furious with him because he left Vince with the impression that he would just be taking a break from the WWE, which of course ended up not being the case.
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(Thanks to our friends at Ringsidenews.com for the transcriptions.)