Although Jon Moxley is one of the biggest stars in AEW coming right out of WWE earlier this year, he did entertain an interesting "What If?" scenario: What if he had left WWE all the way back in 2015?
During an interview with Screen Geek, Moxley, who wrestled in WWE as Dean Ambrose for several years, was asked about whether or not he regretted not leaving WWE sooner. Moxley said he was still trying to figure things out when he signed his last WWE contract back in 2015 and never really considered leaving at that point.
But even in his final years in WWE when he held the WWE, Intercontinental and Raw Tag Team championships, Moxley started to wonder what would happen if he hadn't signed that final contract with the company.
"That’s an interesting question. I’ve often thought, and wondered, what would have happened if I left in September of 2015, which was when I signed my last contract with WWE. But, at that point, I was still kinda like, still trying to do things their way and I just kinda like… It never occurred to me to leave really back then. It felt like I wasn’t, like I hadn’t completely… I never really bought into their bullshit kind of thing, but I like was trying to be optimistic. Like, be grateful for the opportunity and try to make the most of it and, you know, save money and so forth. But, I often wonder what would have happened if I had the foresight to just leave back then. I don’t know. It could have been worse, it could have been better, but, ultimately, everything’s supposed to work out how it’s supposed to be. The timing of, like, leaving at just the moment that AEW came into existence and just merging at the same time, that feels like a historical thing that I’m very grateful that it happened. Hopefully, it’s historical. We look back in five years and maybe it didn’t matter at all. But, you know, we’ll find out," Moxley said.
In the weeks and months since leaving WWE, Moxley went on to sign with AEW as well as NJPW, where he not only won the IWGP United States Championship but also competed in the 2019 G1 Climax.