Earlier this year, AEW star Jon Moxley wasn’t too happy to be caught up in CM Punk’s “dumb shit.” That’s why it was only a matter of time until Jon was asked for his reaction to Punk’s surprise return to WWE at Survivor Series 2023.
“You don’t want to know what I think. I didn’t see it. You do not want to know what I think (laughs).”
One topic Moxley was much more willing to talk about was the Texas Death match between Hangman Page and Swerve Strickland at this month’s AEW’s Full Gear 2023 pay-per-view. Mox said the match is an example of what AEW needs to do in order to be different from any other wrestling company out there:
“When it comes to matches like that, that’s one small thing that we can do differently than anybody else in this shit. That was one thing I remember, telling (AEW President) Tony [Khan] that when I first came in. ‘If you’re going to put me in one of these matches, be careful what you wish for because I am not in the business of under-delivering.’ I’m not spitting some taglines of like, I’m going to crush your skull with my fingers and pull out your eyeballs and all this shit and then we’re not going to do it.
AEW has been able to consistently deliver on that. I think it’s very important for us to always remember where this started in the first place, which was the need in the industry for an alternative. We should always be different. We should always be thinking about what we can deliver that nobody else can. Otherwise, we’re just another wrestling company, of which there have been a million.
Not every single match needs to be chopping each other’s heads off. But that’s one small thing and I definitely feel like I’ve definitely held up my end on that in that small area of the business. If you can’t be the first in a category, create a new category in which you can be the first.”
Do you agree with Moxley that AEW consistently delivers as an industry alternative?
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