Jon Moxley was a special guest on his wife’s podcast today, The Sessions with Renee Paquette, and the first topic he addressed was the drama surrounding CM Punk.
On March 23, Punk went to his Instagram account to slam AEW and shoot on his whole feud with Moxley over the summer. He claimed Moxley refused to lose to him and Tony Khan was forcing him to work injured.
Off the jump, on the podcast, Moxley said, “It’s f—–g annoying, just because somebody said some s–t on social media it’s not news.”
He said he does not want to be dragged into this and sink to the level of certain other people. However, he did share some information that was not known by most AEW fans, the entire summer Moxley was working without a contract with AEW.
“I was at Summerslam weekend, wrestling [El] Desperado the day of Summerslam. I coulda walked into Summerslam that night with the AEW f—–g belt, if I had been so inclined. Nobody knew that cause I don’t put my s–t out there in the world and let everybody know every f—–g thing about my business.”
The reason he was not signed was that he had just gotten out of rehab, and AEW extended his contract for the time he missed. Moxley was told coming out of rehab that it may not be the best choice to go back to wrestling right away to make sure he did not fall back into his old habits.
“I wanted to just ease back into it, see what life was like on the other side. The last thing I wanted to do was just hurry up and sign a big long-term commitment, cause what if s–t started going off the rails. Pretty quickly, I was like man actually being sober is awesome, this is fantastic, I’m having so much fun.”
Moxley said the fun was due to the fact he was getting to work with his friends like Bryan Danielson and William Regal. He told AEW if everything stayed exactly as it was, he would stay there forever no matter the money. However, he said he would not know how he would feel down the road as things change, so he was in no hurry to sign.
He then got right to CM Punk, refusing to even say his name, he said the night in question was in Minneapolis. Punk returned to help Moxley take out the Inner Circle and then after the show they were discussing plans involving the belts since Moxley was the interim champion and Punk was the actual champion.
“This was my whole point, I basically don’t work there, Tony [Khan] is not my boss, I don’t even have to be in this room, I don’t have to do s–t. 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 [CM Punk] and for the company and everybody. I didn’t have to do s–t, I was bending over backwards, that’s it.”
Moxley said a big part of his career has been stepping up and seizing opportunities when they arise. “You never know what’s around the corner, so be ready at all times.”
“It’s never been the plan, to build everything around me [at AEW], the only time it was kind of like that, the pandemic happened and the whole world shut down. Does it get annoying sometimes to be like if you had just f—in gone with me in the first place, we wouldn’t be going through this again. It kind of does, but also like it’s all good, I don’t complain and I see the good in everything. I’m having so much f—–g fun and life is so f—–g good right now that I don’t want any negative bulls–t like whats to f—–g complain about?”
Throughout Moxley’s time in AEW, he has never said anything negative about the company, but he said he spent eight years on the indies, a couple of years in WWE developmental and another eight years in WWE, yet in AEW, “I have never seen so much bulls–t drama in one place in my entire f—–g life. I hate to say that and I don’t know if it’s because of the age of social media, s–t gets blown out of proportion. One person types one stupid f—–g drunk tweet and all of a sudden it’s all anybody wants to talk about.”
Paquette acknowledged that what AEW has built is an oasis, but there are still people that want to talk sh– and disrupt that. Drama happening on social media takes away from the actual good that is going on in AEW.
“We’re sitting up here doing a podcast, you know what we’re not talking about, the f—–g stellar match Vikingo and Kenny Omega just had, all the cool stuff going on in AEW, cool shows happening, this great pay-per-view we just had. We’re talking about some bulls–t, let me be clear the vast majority of people there don’t cause any f—–g trouble, but they’re getting sucked down into this s–t like everybody else because of a muck.”