Jon Moxley Is Proud That He Carried AEW World Title During The Pandemic Era

Jon Moxley won the AEW World Title at Revolution 2020, defeating Chris Jericho to become the second-ever AEW World Champion.

Less than a month later, the world shut down due to the pandemic and wrestling moved to an empty arena setting. The majority of Moxley's run as AEW World Champion took place at Daily's Place in front of no or limited fans.

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Speaking to Chris Jericho on Talk is Jericho, Moxley reflected on his run during the empty arena era.

"It sucked but I just ate it. There is so much actual bad things going on in the world that I'm not going to feel sorry for myself for one second. 'Oh, we don't have fans.' Big deal. It was actually kind of fitting for me. I felt like I was the perfect guy to carry the torch and take on that responsibility for that period of time. In WWE, I always felt like I was the unheralded workhorse and kept the lights on. I was always the guy called to do the hard, crappy jobs, stay and do the dark match, run to the airport in your gear to get on a plane and do the next match. I feel I never maybe got the credit for working as hard as I did. I didn't care, I clocked in, put my hard hat on and went to work. If you're paying me, I'm going to do what you need me to do. AEW, winning the championship, everything is going good and the stories we can tell and boom, the world shuts down. Who is going to be shouldering this responsibility? Of course, it's me. I took it on. I just owned it. I'm the pandemic champion. Nobody will remember this time period, nobody will look back on it fondly because the world sucks so bad and everyone's lives were miserable. Everyone wants to forget 2020. Nobody wants to look back on the glory days of my run on top. I'm proud that I was able to do that. We're in a war with NXT, I won't get into that, and we kept ratings going. I feel I did a really good job and I'm proud of what I did during a very dark period," he said.

Moxley lost the AEW World Title to Kenny Omega at Winter is Coming in December.

On Tuesday night, Tony Khan shared that Moxley is entering an impatient alcohol treatment program. You can learn more by clicking here.

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