Jon Moxley Reveals John Cena Was Very Close to Burying The Shield in WWE

Published 11/09/2021, 6:30 AM EST


Back in 2010, when Nexus was the hottest faction in all of wrestling, they seemed undefeated. However, then they met the 16x World Champion John Cena, and the group was doomed. The same happened with AEW superstar, Jon Moxley, fka Dean Ambrose in WWE when he was fresh in the company as the part of legendary stable – The Shield.

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For over a decade, the WWE Universe accused ‘Big Match Cena’ of burying the young talents of the Nexus faction by not putting them over when they were red hot, instead clinically defeating each one of them.

Jon Moxley recently revealed that Cena was almost about to bury The Shield when they were making head turns in the pro-wrestling business.

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The Shield and their initial issues with John Cena

The Shield debuted as the secret helpers of CM Punk, back when he was feuding with Ryback. Their trademark was a triple powerbomb on their opponents on a table or a ring.

However, the WWE writers and John Cena arguably thought that ‘this is it’ for the factions and decided to end their force. Moxley confessed that the team always stood against the writers for such decisions.

Interestingly, John Cena teamed up with various accomplished names in WWE to match against The Shield multiple times in the last decade. One can’t forget when Cena and Team Hell No conjoined to face The Shield at a RAW main event back in April 2013.

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Jon Moxley didn’t budge in front of the authorities

The former AEW World Champion recently published his own book called – MOX. In it, he mentioned his personal life and his time within Vince McMahon’s umbrella.

In the book, Moxley also noted the time when the WWE writers were planning on toning down The Shield, and who else better than John Cena to do it.

Moxley wrote that he knew if the team is pinned by Cena, then they will end up like all the other previous teams who shared a similar fate after losing to the fan-favorite.

The 35-YO expressed, “If [we] went out there with Cena and took the f*ckin’ schmutz and got pinned like everybody else, we would then become everybody else. It would kill us. I remember…being in the car with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. ‘I ain’t f*cking doing it,’ I said. ‘Whether they fire us or we get Cena’d and killed off…we’re dead either way.’”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 04: Jon Moxley visits Build Studio on October 04, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

“We would go on a long undefeated streak in six-man tags. The writers kept trying to beat us. We refused time after time, standing our ground together,” Moxley added.

Eventually, the group managed to extend their undefeated streak by several months to come. Currently, Moxley is making a recovery in an alcohol rehabilitation center where he went voluntarily.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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