All Elite Wrestling (AEW) had their first ever pay-per-view event on May 25, and the show ended with the shocking appearance of Jon Moxley, better known as Dean Ambrose in the WWE. Ambrose famously asked for his release from Vince McMahon’s company in January, after the Royal Rumble. He reportedly told WWE that he would not be re-signing.
As AEW is making a huge splash in the professional wrestling industry, they are looking to sign talents from around the world, not as much as to compete with the 300-pound gorilla that is WWE, but to give fans a choice in their wrestling entertainment options. There are other promotions out there, but none have ever come close to WWE in market share, and AEW looks poised to change that.
The signing of Jon Moxley (real name Jonathan Good) is a major get for the young company. Moxley is a performer that gives it his all every time he steps into the ring, and with AEW, he can really help them establish a foothold in the industry. But as news broke of Moxley’s run-in at the end of the Chris Jericho-Kenny Omega match at Double or Nothing spread across the internet, the way “Dean Ambrose” left WWE, and the events leading up to the end of his contract led us to believe that everything may not be as it seems.
Could Dean “Jon Moxley” Ambrose be a mole for the WWE?
Vince McMahon and WWE are notoriously secret when it comes to contract details with their superstars. When news broke of Ambrose leaving the company, it wasn’t just the usual suspects, like Pro Wrestling Insider and WrestleZone, breaking the news. WWE itself released a statement that Dean would be leaving, almost at the same time AEW was announcing that they were forming. The timing of both announcements was suspect, at best.
“Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April. We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE.”
But what followed was even more out of character for WWE.
Jon Moxely/Dean Ambrose was given a hero’s send off in WWE. His “last matches” were announced ahead of time and even showcased on WWE Monday Night Raw. He reformed very briefly with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in the Shield, and that led to some emotional moments for fans. The last ever WWE match for Dean Ambrose occurred at a simple house show, yet WWE broadcast the match on the WWE Network as part of a special. This was all unprecedented for a guy leaving the company for greener pastures.
Almost immediately after leaving WWE, Ambrose, now called Jon Moxley, was rumored to be going to AEW. Hell, any wrestler is fair game to join the young company, but the Ambrose/Moxley signing was too — convenient. He wrestled a few shows on the indie circuit and then stepped away as AEW Double or Nothing drew closer. His appearance at the big AEW kick-off pay-per-view signaled a new direction, a new program, and new possibilities, all with an old and beloved face.
But what if WWE let him go, explicitly to sign with AEW, so Vince McMahon would have someone on the inside to report back? This isn’t just tin-foil-hat wearing conspiracy theory. With a man on the inside, Jon Moxley could share programming details, bookings, potential signings, and more. He could give McMahon a heads up on all of AEW’s moves before they happen, so the WWE could do it first. This could be the first salvo of a new Monday Night War, and Vince McMahon already has a spy (or two, if you apply the same logic to Jim Ross) in place before the fighting even starts.
Jon Moxley’s two best friends are both still in WWE in Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, and neither seem to be looking to leave the promotion any time soon. Moxley’s wife, Renee Young, still works for Vince McMahon and WWE, and has shown no sign of leaving. The X factor here is Moxley/Ambrose, who could always come back to the open arms of his Shield brothers, his beloved wife, and of Vince McMahon, who knew exactly what he was doing when he “let” Dean Ambrose walk without a fight. Vince is like that.
I don’t want to sound crazy, but I don’t trust the AEW signing of Jon Moxley, and probably won’t until the TNT TV show begins this fall. At that point, months down the road, Moxley will have made his name in All Elite, or will have left, as the AEW contract allows for that. He could go back to WWE, armed with the knowledge of what AEW has planned for the next six months or so, and the ruse will come to light.
I don’t want to be right, and I hope — truly hope — that I am wrong. I want both WWE and AWE to succeed, as I’m a wrestling fan and I want to see a great product every time I turn it on. But until the time comes that AEW is more than a hot PPV that fans will be talking about for weeks, I will always look at Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley as an outsider to both companies. And I think you should too.
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