In a recent interview with The Sessions With Renee Paquette, All Elite Wrestling talent Jon Moxley discussed several topics, including CM Punk’s recent Instagram post which was later deleted, why he does not do much interviews and much more.
Highlights of the interview are below:
On recent social media comments about him, if anything unfolded and not wanting to get dragged into all of the drama: “No, because nothing has unfolded. It’s f***ing annoying, just because somebody said some stupid s*** on social media, like that’s not news, but it is, and it ends up being a thing. I don’t want to get dragged into this dumb s***, I could f***ing unload on a lot of f***ing people right now. If I start getting dragged into this s***, it tempts me to do that, but I’m not going to f***ing sink to that level. I will say this, I’m just going to give you like a tidbit of information from my point of view. The entire Summer, I was not under contract, no contract, free agent, I was at SummerSlam weekend wrestling Desperado the day of SummerSlam, I f***ing suplexed him on a bunch of aluminum cans and s*** cut in half, it was f***ing dope. I could have walked into SummerSlam that night with the AEW f***ing belt, if I had been so inclined, nobody knew that because I don’t put my s*** out there in the world and let everybody know every f***ing thing about my business.
On not being under contract with AEW at the time in question: “I was not under contract, the reason being if you’re curious is, because I got to rehab and my contract was coming up, they extended it for the time that I missed, cool, I’m glad they did actually, because I didn’t want to feel like I owed them anything, so they extended it a little bit, it was coming up, they’re talking to me about it, the last thing I wanted to do when I first got out of rehab, because all they were telling me is like basically, logic would tell you, don’t go back to wrestling, because you’re just going to fall into the same old habits right, so I wanted to just like ease back into it and see what life was like on the other side, and the last thing I wanted to do was just hurry up and sign a big long-term commitment, because what if, I don’t know, what if I should start to go off the rails. Pretty quickly, I was like man, actually being selfish is awesome, this is fantastic, I’m having so much fun. I was working with my friends, Blackpool Combat Club in me, Claudio, Bryan and Regal, this is great, they’re talking to me about signing a new thing, and I was like if everything just stays exactly as it is right now, I’ll be here forever, you can pay me in cash in an envelope at the end of the night, I don’t give a f***, but I can’t tell you what I’m going to feeln like in six months, especially not in 3 years or 5 years. Once I make a commitment, then I will push through injuries and I will push myself too hard and I will do all these things that add up, and it leads you down the road or whatever, so I was not in a hurry to make any kind of grand commitments at first.”
On his thought process during that period when he could have left the company: “That being said, during this time period, the night in Minneapolis, it was the night he came back and was hopping around on one foot, bumping around Inner Circle or whatever after me and Jericho wrestled in a badass match by the way, so we’re talking about later stuff. Now, keep in mind at this time, this is my whole point, I basically don’t work there for all intents and purposes, I don’t even work here, Tony is not my boss, I don’t even have to be in this room, I don’t have to do s***, so even me being in this room and offering and agreeing to a storyline that puts you over at the pay-per-view, if anything I’m bending over backwards for Tony and for this dude and for the company and everybody, because I didn’t have to, I didn’t have to do s***. If anything, I was bending over backwards, so that’s it, it’s not even controversial.”
On the drama between AEW talent in recent months: “I will say this, and I hate to say it, I don’t think I’ve ever said anything even remotely negative about AEW, but I will say this. As an observer, it seems like you know, I spent 8 years on the indies, I spent a couple of years in WWE developmental, I spent like 8 years in WWE, I have never seen so much b***s*** drama in one place in my entire f***ing life, I hate to say that, but it’s like, and I don’t know if it’s because of the age of social media that s*** gets blown out of proportion, like one person types one stupid f***ing drunk tweet, and all of a sudden, it’s all anybody wants to talk about. We’re sitting up here doing a podcast and you know what we’re not talking about, we’re not talking about the f***ing stellar match by Vikingo and Kenny Omega, and all the cool stuff going on in AEW, we’re not talking about this great pay-per-view we just had, we’re not talking about any of that, we’re talking about b***s***. Like, let me be clear, the vast majority of people there don’t cause any f***ing trouble, or any b***s***, but they’re getting sucked down into this s*** like everybody else through the muck, there’s plenty of people who just want to get better and perform and f***ing just do this job, it’s the best job in the world.”
On why he does not do a lot of media-related interviews: “I generally don’t like to talk too much about how the sausage is made, because it’s not like protecting secrets so much as it is like, once you know how the trick is done, it’s not as fun to watch it, it kind of feels like I’m kind of ruining the stuff a little bit, but also, fans love appreciating and understanding the art of what we do.”
The full interview is available at this link.