Jon Moxley says that he feels “vindicated” by his decision to join AEW.
Since debuting with the company at the end of their first ever pay-per-view, Double or Nothing in May 2019, Jon Moxley has become something of an AEW figurehead. As well as taking on the best that AEW has to offer, Moxley has also taken on Japanese legends Yuji Nagata and Satoshi Kojima.
After defeating Kojima at All Out, Moxley was confronted by another New Japan legend in the form of Minoru Suzuki. This led to a huge match between the two being announced for a special edition of Dynamite taking place in Moxley’s hometown of Cincinnati.
Speaking ahead of the show to Cincy 360, Moxley reflected on the AEW debuts of Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole and CM Punk. The former WWE Superstar said that it’s crazy to see how far the company have come.
“It’s cool,” he said about the new additions.
“It’s crazy to see when this was all just an idea a few years ago. Tony Khan sitting at my kitchen table and being like, ‘We’re going to have real TV and real touring.’ ‘Really?’ It seemed almost unrealistic. To take a gamble to come here and be like, ‘If you guys are doing that, I want to be part of it. Maybe we’ll fall flat on our face and we’ll all look stupid and this will be a big disaster, but if it’s successful it would be really cool because that’s what wrestling needs.’ Looking at it two and a half years later, I don’t think we could have imagined it going any better.”
Moxley is known for being open about his opinions on pro wrestling and what it should look like. The former IWGP United States Champion has always been an advocate of realism, something he says AEW and the likes of Eddie Kingston have in spades.
“I’ve talked a lot of crap about what I think sucks in wrestling. I think characters should be authentic and I don’t like hokey crap or scripts and writers. I’ll never read a script for the rest of my life, bet your ass on that. A guy like Eddie Kingston is Eddie Kingston 24/7. He finishes his cigarette, walks into the building, and it’s the same guy. There is no ‘put-on’ character going on here. That’s what wrestling should be. Letting guys be themselves and having their own creativity whether they are Orange Cassidy or a crazy high-flying team like the Young Bucks who think up the most ridiculous and action-packed sequences. No one is trying to tone each other down or say, ‘that’s too much.'”
Expanding further, Jon Moxley said that his former boss Vince McMahon wouldn’t be a fan of lot of AEW matches, even if the crowd loves them.
“Vince McMahon would watch a lot of AEW matches and say, ‘That’s garbage. They’re not selling. Slow it down. It’s crap.’ Blood and guts or whatever, but he wouldn’t be paying attention to the 15,000 people going nuts. I feel vindicated. I said a lot about how I felt wrestling should be that’s what AEW was going to do and that’s what we did. Now, look where we are. Now, I’m going to have a bit of a flex.”
Elsewhere on September 8th, Ruby Soho will make her Dynamite debut. The former WWE Superstar made an instant impact at All Out debuting as the ‘Joker’ in the Women’s Casino Battle Royale. Soho, who was visibly moved by the crowd’s reaction to her entrance, went all the way in the bout finally eliminating Thunder Rosa to claim a memorable win.
With victory, Soho earned herself a shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.