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Jon Moxley Opens Up About His Time In Rehab

Jon Moxley

Jon Moxley bravely opened up about his experience with inpatient treatment for alcoholism.

On November 3rd, 2021, AEW President Tony Khan took to social media and revealed that Jon Moxley had made the brave decision to enter inpatient treatment for alcoholism. After successfully completing his treatment, Jon Moxley returned to AEW on January 19th and vowed to take pro wrestling by the balls.

On the most recent episode of The Sessions, Jon Moxley spoke to his wife Renee Paquette about his time in rehab and how physically challenging it was to undergo the detox process. In fact, he says the toll on his body was far more difficult than overcoming the desire to drink.

“Night sweats. Like crazy nightmares. My chemicals are all imbalanced, wacky mood swings, you can attest to all that. Let’s say it hasn’t been easy.

“You know, like the not drinking part is easy. It’s not like I have some desire to drink, I have no desire to drink. It’s I can’t even I can’t even imagine drinking right now. So beyond like, like that the not drinking was easy, just stopped drinking. I wanted to stop drinking for a long time. I was trying to quit drinking for a long time.

“Just the dealing with all the after effects of what happens to you physically, when your body goes through this crazy metamorphosis trying to re-calibrate itself has not been easy.”

Jon Moxley continued, recalling that he was going through some of these effects while still performing on AEW programming. He notes that one therapist told him to retire from wrestling since that seemed to contribute to his problems, but he didn’t believe that was necessary.

“I’m on national television while I’m going through these f*cking problems. So it’s like in front of everybody except for I mean, a lot of people in my position would have been would have stayed in rehab a lot longer, would have stayed in hiding a lot longer than I was three months later.

“One therapist had straight up told me to retire. Yeah, it was like start a wrestling school and train some kids, she’s like, ‘You know what the problem is? You gotta get out of it.’ I was like, I don’t think it’s that big. I mean, I was on, I went in on Halloween night, and I was back on TV in January.

“But I’m just saying, you know it makes me a little self conscious, you know? I feel like everybody’s staring at me. But also I also kind of don’t give a f*ck, that was a big part about going to rehab. That’s kind of the relief of it, that like now there’s nothing to hide, to figure out. I didn’t know how people’s reaction was going to be.”

Jon Moxley is set to face Hiroshi Tanahashi for the interim AEW World Championship at Forbidden Door pay per view on June 26th. Still, he explained elsewhere on The Sessions why he’s over the term “Forbidden Door.

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