Re: Backstage Report Is Dean Ambrose Retiring?, or Headed to AEW?
Ambrose may be telling colleagues that he's "burnt out" to minimise any pressure to re-sign. If WWE know that he's still interested in wrestling (if he is, that is), then they can pile on more pressure for him to stay; they would have less chance of persuading him to stay if he's checked out of the industry totally. For Ambrose, this would be a good strategy to making the months leading up to the departure more comfortable, without ruffling any feathers.
I do expect to see Ambrose in AEW, not Impact Wrestling. The former is more likely to be WWE's main competitor; without meaning to be disrespectful, the latter is beneath him.