AEW star Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose) was once part of one of the most dominant factions in WWE, The Shield with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The group had an incredible run, but it could have been derailed if the trio accepted the initial plans for a pay-per-view match with John Cena. Stephanie McMahon Makes Bold John Cena Money Claim
Jon Moxley did not want to lose against John Cena
The Shield was renowned for being different; it had a unique presence, and the group was one of WWE’s top acts. For this reason, Moxley wanted to protect the trio’s individuality.
In his new book, MOX, the former AEW World Champion described how The Shield was originally supposed to lose for the first time against John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at Elimination Chamber 2013. Moxley (f.k.a. Dean Ambrose), Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins raised their concerns with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who agreed to change the outcome of the match.
“If [we] went out there with Cena and took the f***in’ schmootz and got pinned like everybody else, we would then become everybody else,” wrote Moxley. “It would kill us. I remember…being in the car with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. ‘I ain’t f***ing doing it,’ I said. ‘Whether they fire us or we get Cena’d and killed off…we’re dead either way.'”
The Shield didn’t lose to John Cena, but it was after a few months, the group finally suffered its first defeat in a six-man tag team match against the team of Daniel Bryan, Kane and Randy Orton.