The big story today is about Dean Ambrose’s decision to give his notice to WWE as he intends to finish up with the company shortly after WrestleMania.
Mike Johnson provided a few more details on this story on his latest PWInsider audio update.
“We are told that Ambrose was offered a 5-year deal,” Johnson said. “That would be over seven figures per year. We are told that Ambrose met with different members of WWE management over the last couple of days.”
“[Ambrose] made it clear by the time he had finished with his final meeting at Monday Night Raw yesterday, that he was not intending to sign a new deal and was looking to leave. We were told this was not a financial issue.”
A friend close to Ambrose tells us that he has plenty of money saved up because he doesn’t live an expensive lifestyle and WWE is moving forward as if he will be done at the end of April. He will continue working at live events up until that point.
Obviously, there is still time for WWE to come back with a better offer, whether it’s a better money offer or better creative for him. The belief among Ambrose’s friends is that there’s not much WWE can do to change his mind.
If Ambrose is considering going to AEW, then the timing works out great because Double Or Nothing will take place at the end of May in Las Vegas and that is where Ambrose lives.
It will be interesting to see how he is booked going forward. They can bury him on the way out but that can hurt any chances of them convincing him to stay. They can also give him a big push but the risk is that they push him and he gets a big match at Mania and then he leaves to go to another wrestling company, fresh off a good run with WWE.