Word broke shortly after the 2019 Royal Rumble that Dean Ambrose had given his notice to WWE, and that he would be finishing up with them at the expiration of his contract at the end of April. Reasons cited for Ambrose leaving (and turning down a reported five-year, seven-figure deal in order to stay) include a reported unhappiness with his presentation as a character, particularly the creative elements.
Ambrose recently made a guest appearance on Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder’s Major Wrestling Figure Podcast to primarily discuss wrestling figures, and his own childhood love for the business. While keeping to mostly less-controversial topics throughout the discussion, Ambrose did, however, get it a few lines that may point toward frustrations with the current state of the WWE and its creative culture.
Said Ambrose to Hawkins and Ryder, “You guys are just like me. There’s a lot of people that are just here for the money. They didn’t grow up watching it, they don’t care what they do, and have no artistic care for what they do. You guys are like me where (wrestling) is all that we’ve ever loved.”
Ambrose continues to be used on Raw and at live events, most recently putting over EC3 in a brief match this past Monday night.