AEW superstar and former world champion Jon Moxley recently spoke with Cincy 360 to hype up this Wednesday’s Dynamite on TNT, where the Purveyor of Violence will be battling NJPW legend Minoru Suzuki in his hometown of Cincinnati.
During the interview Mox speaks on feeling vindicated for joining AEW before going on a rant about how wrestlers should never been handed scripts again like he was in WWE. Highlights are below.
On Tony Khan first approaching him and the success AEW has seen since:
“It’s cool. 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.”
Says scripts should not be a thing in wrestling:
“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.”
How Vince McMahon would hate the AEW product but not listen to the fans going crazy:
“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.”
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)