Article written by Dylan McGuire Devine (5/8/21)
His time on the independent circuit
Jon Moxley began his professional wrestling career in 2004. Moxley spent the first few years of his career moving around the independent circuit. He wrestled for companies like the HWA, IWA, CZW, Dragon Gate USA, and Ring of Honor. Moxley eventually signed a developmental deal with the WWE in 2011.
Arriving in FCW
Beginning his career for the WWE as a developmental talent in FCW, Moxley became Dean Ambrose. During his time in FCW, Ambrose put on matches with the likes of Seth Rollins, CM Punk, William Regal, and Xavier Woods. FCW was really not on the map during this time and was only really watched by locals. His best matches were typically with Rollins as the two had great chemistry in the ring.
Ambrose made his official WWE debut at the 2012 edition of Survivor Series. He debuted alongside fellow FCW talents, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The group debuted during the main event WWE Championship match between CM Punk (C) , Ryback, and John Cena. The unprovoked attack on Ryback assisted Punk in his victory. The three men went on to be known as “The Shield”. Ambrose played a big part in the group as he was the main guy talking during their promos. Because of the promos he cut with The Shield, he went on to be regarded as one of the best talkers in all of wrestling. Ambrose went on to win the United States Championship and held the title for 351 days. Despite only being together as a group for two years, The Shield are widely regarded as one of the most dominant factions in WWE history.
Beginning of his singles run (2014-2016)
After Seth Rollins turned on Ambrose and Reigns, The Shield was done. The three men now began singles runs. Ambrose began feuding with Rollins immediately after The Shields breakup. The two went on to wrestle on multiple occasions through 2015. After Rollins and Ambrose finished their feud, Ambrose was inserted into the Intercontinental Championship title picture. He began feuding with Wade Barrett (IC Champion at the time) but was unsuccessful in winning the title. Nothing very notable happened for Ambrose up until 2016.
Time as IC Champion/ Brock Lesnar feud
In December of 2016, Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to win the Intercontinental Championship for the first time. He held the title through February. After losing the IC title, Ambrose began a feud with Brock Lesnar which led to a match between the two at WrestleMania 32. This match was one of the most anticipated on the card, but was a complete disappointment. In later interviews, Moxley said that it was due to Lesnar not agreeing to do most of the ideas that Moxley had for the match.
WWE Championship reign
At Money in the Bank 2016, Ambrose won the men’s ladder match and cashed in the MITB briefcase at the end of the PPV to win the WWE Championship. He went on to defend the title against Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, and AJ Styles. He ended up losing the title to Styles at Backlash three months into his run as champion. Nothing notable happened for Ambrose until the beginning of 2017. On the first SmackDown of 2017, Ambrose defeated the Miz to win the IC Title for the second time in his career. He held the title for five months as he lost it in June to The Miz.
Shield reunion and WWE departure
The Shield reunited briefly in 2017 before Ambrose ended up getting injured at the end of 2017. Ambrose returned from injury in August of 2018, reuniting with The Shield once again. When Ambrose returned he had a new look and was noticeably bigger physically. After a brief stint with The Shield once again, Ambrose ended up turning heel in October of 2018. His contract with the WWE was up in April. After being unhappy for awhile and aggravated with management, Ambrose decided to not re-sign with the company.
The return of Jon Moxley
In May of 2019, Moxley made his surprise debut at AEW Double or Nothing. He came out to a HUGE pop from the crowd and everyone was ecstatic to see what was next for Moxley. In his first few months in AEW, Moxley had feuds with Joey Janela and Kenny Omega. After finishing a feud with Kenny Omega, Moxley was in the AEW World Championship picture which led him to feuding with Chris Jericho (champion at the time).
AEW World Championship reign
Moxley ended up defeating Jericho for the AEW World Championship at AEW Revolution in February of 2020. He held the title for a record setting 277 days and had matches with guys like Brodie Lee, Jake Hager, Darby Allin, MJF, Brian Cage, and Kenny Omega once again. He lost the title to Kenny Omega in December of 2020.
After losing the AEW World Championship to Omega, Moxley took a few weeks off from wrestling. He returned in late January of this year and challenged Omega for the title, but lost. Now we are in June and Moxley is currently teaming with longtime friend, Eddie Kingston. I am not too sure what is next for Moxley, but I can say one thing for sure. He is currently one of the most popular guys in all of wrestling and is a HUGE draw for AEW. Leaving the WWE in 2019 was the best thing Moxley could have done for his career. Moxley and his wife, Renee Paquette are expecting a baby, so I expect Moxley to take a brief leave of absence at some time in the near future.