No rest for the wicked. Jon Moxley has been a vital part of All Elite Wrestling since the company’s inaugural event in May 2019 and has been all gas and no brakes ever since. Aside from a staph infection that forced him to miss AEW completely off in August 2019, Moxley was a part of just about every AEW pay-per-view, often topping the chart. Moxley took time off in the fall of 2021 to go to rehab, but was back on weekly television just a few months later. The former AEW World Champion even joked that he would take a “vacation” after this AEW completely off 2022, but stayed with the company as AEW President Tony Khan needed someone to fill the void left by the injured CM Punk.
Moxley would recapture the AEW World Championship at AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam last September and reign until AEW full equipment, where he was defeated by Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Immediately after his loss, Moxley entered into a blood feud with “Hangman” Adam Page. Following Page’s victory over Moxley last month, AEW appeared to have an injury angle that Moxley expected to write off television.
That turned out to be a red herring, as Moxley was back on television shortly after, battling Hangman.
“If I were smart I would try to get as much money as possible for as little work as possible, but believe it or not, in pro wrestling I did it on purpose and for free, and I still do because I enjoy it,” said Moxley The Justin Kinner Show about why he doesn’t take time away from the ring (h/t competitive). “It’s as much relaxation to me as anything else. What else are you going to do with your time? It’s the coolest job in the world.”
In addition to simply enjoying his profession, Moxley explained that he gets an inimitable sense of adrenaline when he wrestles.
“Some people like to play golf. I like to get in a cage and attack people with guns and stab people with sharp things,” Moxley continued. “There’s really no other level of adrenaline you can reach at any given time when you’ve been doing this for as long as I have. I need it for my soul to come out and loosen up and have a good sweat. Get there coming a little blood from my eyebrow, that’s relaxing for me. I enjoy professional wrestling.”
Moxley got the 1-2-3 over Hangman last Wednesday AEW dynamite, but Hangman’s frustration after being beaten only by a roll-up. The two are expected to meet again at AEW Revolution next month.