Following his appearance at All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing, Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose in WWE) went on Chris Jericho's podcast and vented his frustrations over the WWE creative process. Moxley said that he got tired of dealing with writers and the scripting by Vince McMahon, which ultimately led to him not renewing his contract with WWE. During the podcast, Moxley revealed that he refused to say a negative line about Roman Reigns and his leukemia, believing the line would cost WWE current sponsors. You can view Moxley's comments by clicking here.
Speaking to ESPN, Reigns stated that he doesn't know about the line in question that Moxley was asked to say and added, "If you refuse to say it, you refuse to say it. You didn't say the stuff, and nothing happened. You didn't get fired, so you don't have to do any of that stuff. If you don't really want to do it, you have to speak up for yourself. That's the key to this business. That's a bit contradictory in my mind right there. If you chose not to say that one thing, why can't you choose to say another thing?"
Following Moxley's comments, Seth Rollins stood up for WWE and was subject to many angry fans on Twitter. Now, Reigns has weighed in on how Moxley viewed the WWE creative process.
"I'll tell you straight-up: I disagree with what [Dean] Ambrose said about the creative process. I love the guy. I love him to death. He's my brother. And wrestling ain't gonna stop that. On a personal level, me and that dude can hang out, have a beer or two and just talk. And even when we don't talk, that's just our relationship," said Reigns. "When it comes down to it, creative-wise, that's on you. Communication is communication. When you go in there and you talk to boss, you gotta let him know. He even made comments about the things I had to say, but that was in a different place. I was brand-new. We've worked our asses off for Vince [McMahon] in this company, and he respects that, and he wants to know our opinions. You have to speak up for yourself. I'm in a position now where he listens to everything I have to say, what I'm feeling."
Moxley stated in an interview that Reigns didn't want to the "sufferin' succotash" line scripted for him on a 2015 episode of SmackDown.
Reigns continued, "Early on, when you don't have any equity, when you haven't put in any time, you should do what the boss says. But once you earn that equity, once you got the keys to the car -- which Ambrose was clearly in that position because all three of us [were] -- you have to speak up for yourself and do what's right for you. Regardless, I love the dude, man. We came from the bottom and got to where we are now, and he's a huge part of that. No type of business rivalry or any of that crap will ever affect the personal relationship I have with either Seth or Dean. We're all gonna do our thing. We're having fun. I'm enjoying where I'm at. I enjoy being with the WWE. I'll never be anywhere else."
While Moxley is thriving in NJPW and AEW, Reigns continues to steer the WWE ship, recently landing the cover of WWE 2K20.