Dean Ambrose will leave the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) when his contract expires in May. It was confirmed by the company in January after it became clear that he will not sign a new deal and extend his stay.

The 33-year-old’s last appearance in the WWE is likely to be at WrestleMania 35 in April, but it remains to be seen how much screen time he will be given until that point especially since the WWE is giving a push to the smaller stars in order to keep them from leaving.

Ambrose was said to have been offered a significant increase in his pay to sign a new deal but despite a face-to-face meeting with CEO Vince McMahon, he is said to have rejected the new offer. He will be a free agent in May and the popular WWE superstar is certain to have a number of suitors vying for his services.

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has emerged as a potential threat to the WWE and are said to be offering contracts that are almost on par with the WWE, while there are also other options for wrestlers looking to move away from the most popular wrestling promotion.

Ambrose’s future remains uncertain as it is unclear if he will join a rival promotion or return to the independent scene where he made his name. But one thing has been revealed that it was not the money on offer that made him quit WWE.

One of the main reasons is said to be his unhappiness at the creative direction for his character going forward. But the key reason, according to Ringside News is that, it was due to a few members of the WWE management accusing him of using the lure of AEW to get a more lucrative package from his current employers.

Ambrose was said to have been upset at the allegations and made it clear money has never been his main motivation to wrestle when he spoke on Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins’ podcast recently. However, he does believe there are plenty currently in the WWE locker rooms doing exactly that.

"It's easy to forget that you love wrestling and why you started loving wrestling to being with,” Ambrose said, as transcribed by Wrestling Inc. "It brought me back to my childhood.”

"You guys are like me, there are a lot of people here that are just here for the money. They didn't grow up watching it, they don't care for what they do, and they have no artistic care for what we do,” he explained. “But you guys are like me, this is all we've ever loved, this is our thing.”

Meanwhile, Kenny Omega, a free agent, who was quoted by the WWE and AEW has confirmed that he signed with the latter but had only praise for WWE and the offer on the table from the world’s most popular wrestling promotion.

"The most surprising thing to me was just how accommodating and how cool it was to discuss, you know, future with WWE," Omega said, as quoted on Comicbook.com. "I didn’t think they’d ever be in the running. I was like ‘yeah, I’ll hear you guys out’ but I didn’t think it’d be good because everyone was telling me, well, what to expect. I have nothing but great things to say about them."

Omega was always expected to sign for AEW owing to his close relationship with executive vice-president Cody Rhodes. He also revealed that his new contract allows him to fight or make appearances at New Japan Pro Wrestling.