Jon Moxley debuted for AEW at the Double or Nothing event on May 25, and he wound up signing a multi-year deal with the new promotion after turning down a new offer from WWE.
Since joining AEW, the usually quiet Moxley hasn't wasted any time criticizing WWE - taking aim at Vince McMahon, the creative team and the general product. Moxley went as far as saying their "creative process sucks...Vince's way sucks."
Having gotten all of that off his chest, Moxley has began to offer more praise and kind words for the WWE chairman. He appeared on The Store Horsemen podcast (h/t Ringside News), and detailed the relationship he had with Vince - while complimenting his former boss for being "really easy to talk to," even though the two didn't necessarily see eye to eye:
"Yeah, he wants — he likes to discuss stuff and have feedback and stuff. I mean, he started butting heads eventually, ’cause we just couldn’t get on the same page, you know what I mean?
But even then, you know, there’s no like personal animosity or anything like that. We just kind of speak different languages. It was like a mutually beneficial relationship for six years, eight years or whatever. And then it’s just like, ‘Okay, I gotta go do this, you go do that, cool.’"
WWE announced in January that Moxley (known as Dean Ambrose in WWE), that he decided not to sign a new contract. Moxley's deal run up after WrestleMania 35, and his final performance in WWE was The Shield's Final Chapter on Apr. 21.
There, Moxley , Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins defeated Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin in a six-man tag match. With that, Moxley left the WWE and went on to start the next chapter of his illustrious wrestling career.
In his AEW debut, Moxley came out of nowhere and attacked Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. In his first match for the company at Fyer Fest, Moxley defeated Joey Janela. He's set to clash with Omega at the AEW All Out event in Hoffman Estates, Illinos on Aug. 31.
What This Means
Moxley will obviously have a lot of gratitude for WWE after giving him the opportunity to become a major star. But at the end of the day, it was time for Moxley to do what was best for him - and he's already experienced plenty of success in AEW. Nobody can fault Moxley for wanting a change, seeing how much he's relished the new journey.