It’s fair to call Jon Moxley a All Elite Wrestling OG despite his unique path to stardom. He was not there All inThe Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes self-promotion began as an online bet and ended as the first non-WWE or WCW event to sell over 10,000 tickets on US soil in 25 years. Perhaps more importantly, that program is the driving force for AEW. Moxley didn’t go to Japan, Europe and all over America with the cast of Being an Elite and never appeared for Ring of Honor, where many BTE storylines actually cross the squared circle.
Of course, Moxley is not contractually allowed. Back then he was busy performing as Dean Ambrose, Stagnation in the main roster of WWE and patiently wait for the opportunity to break out of the diminishing relevance. When his intention to leave McMahonland became public, with WWE making the rare move to realize his exit in the plot, the company decided to hold numerous matches to see him off with members of The Shield for the last time! Wait, now is the last time! And again for good measure.
Moxley didn’t join AEW in the first place and didn’t attend the Jacksonville or Las Vegas press conference introducing the company’s listing. He was the first real outsider to enter the race, stepping in as its opening show ended, throwing Kenny Omega off a skyscraper-sized stack of poker chips onto the stage. And over the course of the past three years, when the company needed someone to fight through adversity or top the table with limited options because of injury, Moxley was repeatedly dropped. And he succeeded in that role, tirelessly striving for a cause he could not find, but surely Moxley has set the standards for.
Of the long list of achievements at AEW, perhaps his most significant contribution is in the present. The company’s creative plans call for CM Punk to beat him to win the AEW World Championship at All go out. After backstage brawl backstage that saw several wrestlers suspended indefinitely including Punk, Moxley’s six-week vacation and time away from the company that never happened. He stayed around. He did the mundane heavy lifting, despite his superstar status, and brought stability to a tumultuous time within AEW’s walls. And this is the second time he’s done it this summer. After Punk suffered his first injury in early June, Moxley was named interim champion. He’s there to pick up pieces from whatever mess, intentional or not, Punk has created.
Moxley’s only extended absence from AEW since Double or nothing 2019 was the last few months of 2021, when he entered rehab for alcoholism. I see it as a sign of strength. Mox needed help and removed himself so as not to hurt others in the company to get there. And he’s looked incredible in the ring since his comeback. It was also a repeated positive pattern for him. In the summer of 2020, when he was in his first reign as the AEW World Champion, he came into direct contact with COVID-19. And he didn’t get into the AEW bubble. It’s a good sign he was able to get that information before an outbreak hit the dressing room.
For much of the unvaccinated era of the pandemic, Moxley was the company’s champion. He beat Chris Jericho two weeks before the world closed. And for most of his reign as first title, there was no one in the crowd but addition from AEW list Just pass the obstacle. The interaction between fans and wrestlers is what makes professional wrestling’s live art form unique. And to lead the company in firecrackers during that period was an extremely difficult task that could put the average person under stress. Not Moxley.
For those shocked by Moxley’s motivation, check out what he did before joining WWE. He’s not completely an athlete, a model or a weightlifter. He cut his teeth in the deathmatch world of Combat Zone Wrestling. Moxley knows how to roll up his sleeves and get through the hard work because he did it with almost no attention. he. For all of the above, Moxley needs his flowers. He needs to be recognized as one of the best professional wrestlers in the world right now. He will never assert his position because he is so focused on lacing his shoes and kicking his ass. And that’s exactly why he deserves it.
Coinciding with his efforts to help AEW through turbulent times, Moxley was underestimated by the PWI 500 on Wednesday at 12th, a ranking of the world’s best wrestlers considered a true sport, possibly because of his time away from WWE. That list is stupid, it’s low fruit. How the hell did you let him out of the top 10? His nine months are stronger than most wrestlers of the year. Not everyone no respect for Moxley and I’m sure he doesn’t care or know. Either way, AEW is better with Mox at the helm. Hopefully there will be enough talent around him for him to get that vacation.