WWE news, rumors: Dean Ambrose returns to Jon Moxley persona, Lio Rush responds to negative reports

Jon Moxley has returned to pro wrestling and Dean Ambrose is no more. Now apparently free from his WWE contract, the former WWE champion and The Shield member posted a hype video to Twitter shortly after midnight ET on Wednesday that seemingly welcomed back the death match connoisseur character. 

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In the video, which was spectacularly well done, Moxley escapes from a prison, which is likely a metaphor for him breaking free from the creative chains he felt he was tied down by in WWE. Upon escaping, Moxley begins training while on the run from authorities, and we're left with an image of him staring deep into the camera with his right first wrapped in barbed wire. 

Back in January, in an unorthodox move by the company, WWE announced that Ambrose opted not to sign a new contract and would be departing some time in April shortly after WrestleMania 35. Given the fact that WWE consistently drew attention to the fact that he was leaving on television, fans became skeptical as to whether Ambrose was actually leaving. The video posted on Wednesday not only confirms the departure once and for all, but it also marks the return of one of the best independent wrestling personas of this generation in Moxley. 

Now we wait to see what the future holds for Moxley, which could include everything from signing a likely lucrative deal with the upstart All Elite Wrestling to simply touring the world competing for a variety of independent wrestling promotions. 

More WWE news, rumors

  • Absent the past few weeks from Raw, there have been reports that former Bobby Lashley hype man Lio Rush may be in some hot water backstage for his attitude. In a series of tweets on his Twitter timeline, Rush fired back at these negative reports that have been making the rounds as he attempted to give his side of the story. 
  • Former SAnitY member Killian Dain is heading back to NXT, according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer. In the recent Superstar Shakeup, SAnitY was split up amid a lackluster run on the main roster, with Eric Young and Nikki Cross joining the Raw roster, Alexander Wolfe joining the NXT UK brand and now Dain going back to NXT -- which could actually turn out to be a good move. 
  • You won't want to miss Wednesday night's edition of NXT on the WWE Network (8 p.m. ET) which will feature the WWE in-ring debut of former IWGP junior heavyweight champion KUSHIDA as he takes on Kassius Ohno. 

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