Bleeding secrets: Jon Moxley's juicy stories paint a bad picture of AEW and himself


Jon Moxley is making headlines after his appearance on his wife's podcast, The Sessions with Renée Paquette. Several quotes from the provocative superstar provide an eye-opening look into All Elite Wrestling and the backstage drama that continues to overshadow the onscreen product.

And it doesn't paint a rosy picture of AEW and its boss Tony Khan. Nor does it portray Moxley in a positive light.

The first thing that caught my eye was Moxley's comparison of AEW to other wrestling promotions he's worked for.

"I will say this, and I hate to say it because I don't think I've ever said anything even remotely negative about AEW, but I will say this. As an observer, I spent eight years on the indies, a couple years in WWE developmental, eight years in WWE — I have never seen so much bullshit drama in one place in my entire fucking life."

That's a damning indictment from a well-traveled veteran who is easily one of AEW's top three stars. It's especially jarring, considering Moxley once described his time in WWE as a living hell.

It also confirms criticisms of the founder, co-owner, president, and CEO of AEW, Tony Khan, and his inability to run his business.

Since last summer, Khan sat mostly idle while several controversies burned around him, including issues with his then women's champion Thunder Rosa and Sammy Guevara's troubles with Andrade and Eddie Kingston. Around the same time, reports on the alleged physical and mental health of Malakai Black were made public.

Of course, there was the infamous All Out press scrum, where Khan sat, nodding in approval as CM Punk lit into Adam Page, Colt Cabana, and the company's Executive Vice Presidents, Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks.

But before anyone applauds Jon Moxley for his candor, I have a question: how do his comments benefit AEW? (Trick question, they don't.)

When Jon Moxley decides to hang up his blades his boots, he'll have a tremendous career as a comedian waiting for him, as I couldn't help but laugh as I went through the hypocrisy of the rest of his statements.

"Just because somebody said some stupid shit on social media, that’s not news, but it is and become a thing. I don’t want to get dragged into this dumb shit. I could fucking unload on a lot of fucking people right now. When I start getting dragged into this shit, it tempts me to do that, but I'm not going to fucking sink to that level."

Despite not unloading to the fullest, as he said he could do, Moxley still added gasoline to the dumpster fire that is the behind-the-scenes world of AEW. And the reality is that his remarks were unnecessary, as they did nothing to change negative perceptions of Tony Khan's promotion.

Another revelation that Moxley made during the podcast was that he wasn't under contract while representing AEW as its world champion.

"I will say this, I'm going to give you a tidbit of information, from my point of view. The entire summer, I was not under contract — no contract. Free agent. I was at SummerSlam weekend wrestling El Desperado and shit. I could have walked into SummerSlam that night with the AEW belt, had I been so inclined. Nobody knew that because I don't put my shit out there in the world and let everybody know everything about my business. I was not under contract."

For a guy who doesn't put his "shit" out there, he sure is fertilizing the lawn here with his manure. Again, I question why he's sharing this, though I think I know the answer based on this statement.

"...keep in mind, at this time, this is my whole point — I basically don't work there, for all intents and purposes. Tony is not my boss. I don't have to be in this room. I don't have to do shit. Even me being in this room and offering and agreeing to a storyline that puts you over at the PPV, if anything, I'm bending over backward for Tony and for this dude and the company and everybody. I didn't have to. I didn't have to do shit. If anything, I was bending over backward. That's it."

Moxley never directly addressed Punk's assertion that Moxley refused to lose to him (though Moxley did go on to put Punk over at All Out). Instead, Moxley goes out of his way to toot his own horn by letting the world know how he went on to do business even though he was under no obligation to do so.

It seems like Moxley wants his belly rubbed and to hear he's a good boy. Or maybe it's to distract from Punk's claim that Moxley wasn't interested in doing the J-O-B for the Chicago native. Perhaps both things are true.

In that case, let me give you your flowers, Jon Moxley. Thank you for jumping into the mud instead of being dragged through it while affirming the fans' worst suspicions about the sloppy shop that is All Elite Wrestling.

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