All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star Jon Moxley was recently interviewed on “The Store Horsemen” podcast to talk about several professional wrestling topics. Moxley discussed what AEW needs to do to stand out, WWE not letting talent be themselves, Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff’s new roles with WWE, and fans wanting to see the Monday Night Wars again.
Here are the highlights:
What AEW needs to do to stand out: “Authenticity might be the number one,” Moxley stated. “Because you can apply that to the whole product. Every wrestler is going to be different in the ring, different on the mic, a lot of people are great for different reasons.
“What makes them great, whether it be in WWE or AEW, is if you let them be themselves, don’t put them in some box. That is what AEW is going to do, we have so much great talent and that talent is going to shine very bright.”
WWE not letting talent be themselves: “All of these people are giving opinions, input and no one is asking me my opinion,” Moxley exasperated. “I’m like the lowest guy on the totem pole when really, it should only matter to me. As long as I’m not dropping F-bombs are anything like that, I should do it my way.
“There are far fewer cooks in the kitchen in AEW. There are producers and Tony Khan and he is really involved and very passionate, but ultimately nobody is telling anybody what to do. Because there is not one governing hammer coming down.”
Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff’s new WWE roles: “They definitely made some kind of move,” Moxley said. “Paul Heyman is really smart it sounds like that is a great idea. I just hope Vince lets them do their ideas. It’s not just ‘I made him head of creative, but I’m telling him what to do type of thing.’
“Eric Bischoff was behind the NWO, he also presided over some crappy WCW shows. He is probably pretty motivated to make you forget that part of the resume. The more wrestling that is good, the more fans that there are and the better it is for everybody.”
Fans wanting to see the Monday Night Wars again: “This is not the Monday Night Wars,” Moxley mused. “Now, we are over here doing this, they are always going to be there, it would be a fool’s errand to try and take them down, it wouldn’t be good for the wrestling business to try and take them down. We are providing a good alternative, showing that there is a world outside of that.”
“I can’t wait, it’s super exciting, it’s going to be challenging, we have no idea what is going to happen, but we are making history,” Moxley said. “First time in a long time, TNA was prime time for a little bit but this is a first since basically WCW.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions