Jon Moxley is proud to carry the banner for AEW throughout these trying and uncertain times.
Jon Moxley won the All Elite Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Jericho at AEW Revolution in February. It was not known at the time but this would be one of the last AEW events with a proper audience before the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, MOX admits that he's happy to be flying the flag for the new promotion through these times and even though COVID messed up many plans, he's proud of the promotions ability to continue telling compelling stories in spite of all of the uncertainties that may arise.
“I’m the guy carrying the torch during a pandemic,” says Moxley, who is 34-year-old Jon Good. “It’s a weird time, and COVID is fucking up the bookings every week, but I want to carry the torch through tough times. Even though I didn’t originally picture myself in a good-guy, protagonist role when I first came here, it’s the way it happened. I can send a message of perseverance and picking yourself up after you fall down. People have lost their jobs, lost their business, and I can project strength, with no fear in the face of adversity, for those watching our show. I want to give stability in an unstable time. I need to give AEW some stability as we build a secure future for this brand because it’s vital for this industry that AEW is a success.”
He continued, “The most satisfying part of this run has been telling stories unencumbered. We still have a collaborative, creative process, but I don’t have to listen to writers tell me my story. Tony Khan and other people have ideas, and when those ideas are better than mine, I use theirs. I could see the entire MJF match in my head long before it happened. That’s the artistic part of wrestling for me. I’m not blessed with the ability to do springboards or 450s or moonsaults, but I can tell a story as well as anyone in the industry.”
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