WWE boss McMahon reportedly acknowledges the criticisms which were levied by Moxley when he appeared on Chris Jericho’s podcast Talk is Jericho.
Moxley – formerly known as Dean Ambrose – was one of WWE’s top stars over the past five years, but suddenly left the company after WrestleMania.
He then popped up in new rival firm AEW (All Elite Wrestling) in main event of their debut show Double or Nothing.
Jericho and Moxley then had a chat on the podcast in which the former WWE Champion unloaded on the frustration he felt within firm and his grips with Vince.
Reports have now emerged that McMahon and WWE bosses acknowledge his criticisms.
“Every Monday I got a physical sick feeling in my stomach”
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports it’s “not a secret” amongst WWE staff that there are problems with the way the firm works backstage.
It said “the system in place is obviously broken” and noted that many sources within WWE agreed with Moxley.
“And even Vince McMahon realises that”, the respected publication added.
Tensions are reported to have been running high backstage in WWE for sometime.
Moxley went into great detail about his annoyance with WWE and the events which led up to quitting the firm.
McMahon was at the heart of numerous of grievances regarding as to how the show was managed backstage.
And in a further interview, Moxley claimed WWE chief Triple would run the show better than Vince.
He described frustration, exhaustion and how every week was a constant back-and-forth with McMahon and WWE writers over ideas.
AEW is the brainchild of ex-WWE star Cody Rhodes – son of the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes – and his pals Omega and The Young Banks.
It is already positioning itself in direct competition to WWE, with Rhodes taking open shots at the world’s biggest wrestling firm at Double or Nothing.
He smashed up a throne resembling the logo of WWE boss Triple H during his entrance.
The new firm has also signed up wrestling legends such as Jim Ross, Dustin Rhodes and Billy Gunn.
And it is being bankrolled multi-millionaire Fulham boss Tony Khan.
AEW’s first show allegedly had McMahon “ungodly furious” after WWE wrestlers started tweeting about the show.
However, WWE have since acknowledged the new company in air in skit involving Sami Zayn.
Zayn’s comments on AEW are understood to have been planned and cleared by backstage bosses.
WWE are reportedly dealing with flagging ratings as they recorded their lowest numbers outside of the holiday season.
The company is however worth even more than ever – and McMahon is worth an estimated $3.3 billion.
Wrestling fans have long been hopeful for a real rival to emerge to WWE to recreate the creative boom period of the late 90s.
WWE famously engaged in the Monday Night Wars with billionaire Ted Turner’s WCW.
The feud saw both shows go head-to-head with WWE Raw and WCW Nitro every Monday night to compete for ratings and wrestlers.
Grapplers would often jump ship between the two companies, and wrestling reached its peak popularity with stars like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Tonight, WWE heads to Saudi Arabia for Super ShowDown in a mega event headlined by Goldberg against The Undertaker.