Jon Moxley details how Vince McMahon and WWE officials barked orders over hardcore wrestling


One of the major differences between AEW and WWE is the approach towards hardcore wrestling, and AEW has already shown more acceptance towards the wrestling style.

During his time in WWE, Jon Moxley, formerly known as Dean Ambrose, was known for his hardcore style, although it was always limited in its violence level by WWE.

Now in AEW, Moxley has been given free roam when it comes to hardcore wrestling, and even his first match in the company with Joey Janela was a non-sanctioned fight that featured barbed wire and thumbtacks.

During a recent interview with Screen Geek, the AEW star was asked about his hardcore wrestling days in WWE.

He then went into detail about conversations he had with higher-ups in WWE, including Vince McMahon, about hardcore wrestling and how they 'barked orders' at him.

Moxley said: "Literally, like 'No!' I mean [WWE] is literally telling me what to do, barking orders at me. [McMahon voice] 'Sell! 'Lay down!' It really, truly feels like I was asleep, mentally checked out, for like years. Like, I became a lapsed fan.

"I'd be watching the product that I'm a part of in the locker room and going, 'This show sucks.' I became a lapsed fan, so I know they exist and it really was like there was this completely separate guy that existed who got outta prison and it's just like I woke up and it was crazy.

"I just feel like a better person all around - just back to being me, in and out of the ring, not necessarily just the character."


Moxley definitely looks like a completely different wrestler outside of WWE, essentially breaking out of prison, like he did in his promo video revealing the Moxley persona following his release from the company.

The former WWE superstar has gone from strength to strength since leaving the company, and he'll soon have one of the biggest matches in his career when he faces Kenny Omega at AEW's Full Gear on November 9.

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