Jon Moxley has recently returned to AEW after three months out due to alcohol issues. However, this hasn’t stopped discussion about a potential return to WWE. He starred as Dean Ambrose in WWE for seven years in WWE, first as part of The Shield and then as a solo act. Fans are pleased to see him in AEW but the question always goes begging – is a Jon Moxley WWE return on the cards, or will we not see a Dean Ambrose WWE return ever again?
Is Jon Moxley returning to WWE?
Jon Moxley just returned to AEW. He seemed happy and seemed like he had a chip on his shoulder. He seemed like he had something to prove after his battles with alcohol and looked hyped up to continue his dominance in AEW.
After his AEW debut, he told all about his time in WWE on Chris Jericho’s podcast. In the interview he detailed how frustrating the creative process in WWE was and lamented the lack of creative freedom he had. He talked about how frustrating it was that the writers never understood his character and wrote such poor segments for him that it killed his love for wrestling and forced him to run down his contract and leave before he did much worse than just walking out.
Despite this, he has spoken before about the possibility of returning to WWE in a recent interview. He spoke to fans on a Bleacher Report “Ask Me Anything” session, who asked whether he would return to WWE if the right terms could be agreed.
In the interview, he said that “”You gotta say never say never, because you don’t want to run back what you said years later because you don’t know what’ll happen”.
He went on the add that “I’d be open to an idea. I don’t not like money. I got a kid on the way and gotta put it through college so ya know. I would take a phone call, but I highly doubt anything would materialize,” Moxley quipped in conclusion.”
Whilst Moxley claims that he could return to WWE as Dean Ambrose, it is unknown if that is even likely. Should AEW go under or no longer need his services, WWE would be the biggest company in America who could sign him. In that case it could be feasible for him to re-sign with WWE and make his return.
Will Jon Moxley be in the Royal Rumble?
The Forbidden Door has been well and truly opened in WWE. Mickie James, the IMPACT Knockouts Champion, has recently been announced as part of the 2022 Royal Rumble. This is the first time a contracted Impact talent has appeared in WWE since Ric Flair was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a TNA wrestler in 2011.
With that, fans have started to theorise that other former WWE talent could be making their returns to the Royal Rumble. This has extended to Jon Moxley. This has been hyped up even more as Seth Rollins mentioned his name on WWE Smackdown, referring to him as “Mox” and not Dean Ambrose
This has made fans really theorise that Jon Moxley or Dean Ambrose could show up in the Royal Rumble. However, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer has quashed the rumours of any AEW involvement in the Royal Rumble. Meltzer is a known friend of a lot of AEW talent including EVP’s of AEW The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, and had this to say about Jon Moxley being in the Royal Rumble.
There will be no AEW involvement at the Royal Rumble. Jon Moxley will not be at that show.
Will The Shield Reunite in WWE?
With Jon Moxley not against a return to WWE, could we be seeing a return of The Shield? The trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns dominated WWE for nearly two years after their debut in 2012. They beat anyone who challenged them including the team of Randy Orton, Batista and Triple H, known as Evolution.
The Shield split up after Battleground 2014 after Seth Rollins turned on Ambrose and Reigns to join Triple H’s The Authority. They trio continued to feud for years before they finally reunited in 2017 with disastrous results. They were due to team together for the first time in years at TLC 2017, but a Roman Reigns illness called that off. He was replaced by Kurt Angle, in his first match in WWE for 11 years.
As previously stated, it is looking unlikely that Jon Moxley will return to WWE as Dean Ambrose. A Shield reunion looks unlikely, but a hall of fame induction for all three men as a team looks like it would be an obvious thing some years down the line. The Shield is one of the greatest factions in WWE history and deserves to be honoured as such by being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
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