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AEW CHAMPION JON MOXLEY DISCUSSES 'CAGEFIGHTER: WORLDS COLLIDE', HIS HEALTH AFTER A YEAR GOING HARD IN THE RING, HIS EMPTY ARENA BRAWL WITH JAKE HAGER, BEHIND THE SCENES OF CAGEFIGHTER'S ULTIMATE FIGHT SCENE, HIS NEXT FILM PROJECT, HOW HE APPROACHES WRESTLING VS. HIS TIME IN WWE, ROMAN TAKING TIME OFF, CAGEFIGHTER'S PREMIERE ON FITE.TV, WHETHER RENEE YOUNG GOT HEAT FOR HIS CAMEO ON WWE BACKSTAGE ONLINE & MORE: FULL TRANSCRIPT

By Mike Johnson on 2020-04-27 11:00:00



Mike Johnson: You've been pretty critical of your experiences with Vince McMahon at times. Well, how do you compare Tony Khan to McMahon as a person overseeing the roster and a person overseeing a wrestling company to McMahon?  What's the difference in approaching them and how they act towards ideas?

Jon Moxley: He's really good dude, man. I think he's a friend to a most everybody in the roster. Real easy and approachable, and not in a bad way. A lot of people probably at first wanted to be like, oh, he wants to hang out with the wrestlers. He's just going to be one of those too friendly with the boys type guys. But he's not that at all. I mean, right now he's worked in analytics for the NFL draft and doing all this other business stuff.  I mean, he's a really smart guy. He grew up in that family where they have this empire. So he's got a lot of business sense. He's business savvy, but also just an incredibly passionate wrestling fan. He's so easy to get excited, if I go up like, "Dude, I got this idea. What if we did this?" And he'd be like, "Dude, that's awesome. What if we did this then? And then we can do that." And he'll get all excited like a little kid. And I'll be like, "Hold on, tone it down. Tone it down." Which is cool. You want that.  Whereas sometimes, I come in and talk to Vince and I'm all excited. I'm like, "Dude, okay, here we go. We're going to do this, this, this. Then this. Then we do this on Raw. And then on pay-per-view this. What do you think?" And it's like talking to a door. Dude, hello, I'm giving you awesome. They're like, nope. We're just going to do the same old crap we always do. I'm like, whatever. But yeah, it's a real good experience where I am. He's an honest dude. He's not a carny, and even though he's business savvy, he's not like a shark. He's just an honest, straightforward, good dude.

Mike Johnson: One of the most talked about things in the last couple of weeks is Roman Reigns pulling out of WrestleMania. He's someone you know really well. What's your take on that? What's your take on Roman's decision, and what's your take on fans who were critical of Roman making that decision?

Jon Moxley: Dude, I mean, this is unprecedented times, man. This is crazy. I mean you hear about all these other eras and people went through the Great Depression and wars and all that stuff. I mean, I grew up in the 90s so our generation has never had to deal with any kind of struggle, or tough choices, or anything like this to this degree. So it's crazy that we're actually living through something like this. And I would not judge anybody's decision about things they do. I think definitely in his situation, I think it was definitely the smart thing to do. And I'd spend support that decision 100%. I think it was the right move.

Mike Johnson:  The former Nick Mondo is now working with AEW as a director. He was very involved in creating that first video of you breaking out of the asylum. Thoughts about AEW tapping into his creativity and being able to see him come into All Elite Wrestling, because I think it's a great hire for the company.

Jon Moxley:   Yeah, a little bit, I think, before Dynamite even started airing, they were still kind of hiring a few extra people and getting this thing off the ground. I mean it takes so many people to get something like this. You got to have a good director, producers, guys in the truck like Keith Mitchell and Tim and stuff like that. You got to put good camera guys. I mean it takes a giant team in AEW and WWE to to put on a weekly live television show.  So they texted me. They were like, "Hey, what's Mondo's number?" I was like, "Oh okay." And then they just hired him as one of the camera guys. So a lot of the video editor type people, I'm not good with technology obviously. So a lot of the videos and packages, and a lot of the Darby Allin skateboarding and stuff like that, a lot of that's shot by him. So that's pretty cool because he has such a talent and a passion for creating content like that.

So it's really cool that he was able to jump on board with us. Actually me and him, we were working on a script for a movie. We were like, shot in the dark, probably wouldn't happen. But how cool would it be if we get actually make a real movie, like an action movie, right? Basically, it's like a dream. All right, studio gives us millions of dollars to go make our movie. And it's ours. He's the director, I'm the star, we're the producers, we write the script. We were in charge of everything to as much degree we can be. That's a dream, right? Probably never going to happen. But just for sh--s and giggles.  So I had an idea for a script. He had an idea for a script, and we kind of blended them together because they're similar. I had the script that was kind of based on conspiracy theories from this one documentary I was watching. I can't give anything away. But so we finalize it. We kind of put it through all the legal protections and stuff. And it happened. Basically a studio's going to fund it and do it, and it's real.  I'm like, oh my God, we're going to make our own movie. That's cool as fuck. Where we would have been filming probably by the end of this year. And then the world went crazy. So that's probably going to be delayed quite a bit. But that's a cool project to look out for it in the next year or two. If nobody watches it, cool. Who knows? But it'd be cool, to have a DVD of, oh, this is the movie we made. It's pretty cool.

Mike Johnson: That is cool. All right. I just came up with one other question for you, and then we're going to close things out here. Did your wife get any heat for your cameo on the WWE Backstage deal, where you and the dog made a quick cameo, did anybody get heat for that because the internet blew up over that for 10 seconds?

Jon Moxley: Short answer is yes. I'll tell you a story off air actually.  [Laughs]

Mike Johnson: All right, so as we get out of here, Cagefighter: Worlds Collide will be premiering May 16th on FITE.tv, a special world premier event. Jon Moxley will be among the stars appearing in the film. He's going to be playing Max Black's, that's the evil promoter, champion Randy Stone, and of course a lot of other MMA and pro wrestling stars are in it, including Jay Reso AKA Christian, Chuck Liddell, among others. Jon, before we get out of here, what do you hope everyone gets out of watching the film on May 16th.

Jon Moxley: It's a story basically about this guy deals with the worst thing that, in his mind, in his world at the time, the worst thing that could possibly happen to him, an absolute disaster. And it ruins him professionally, personally, on every level, his confidence, he's as low as you can possibly get, and has to climb all the way back to where he was before.  So obviously, a lot of people that are very badly affected by this, be that financial or worse, and some stupid movie can't really bring any real help to anybody. But if they can kind of give a message of perseverance and getting through dark times and stuff like that at a time like this, then that's always a good thing.  So a lot of people worked really hard on this, and hopefully people get a kind of escape for 90 minutes, or whatever the runtime this movie is. And just have a little bit of distraction. And Gina Gershon's in the movie. Face/Off's one of my favorite movies. So when I found out Gina Gershon's in it, I was like, I'm in a movie with Gina Gershon? Hell yeah. Cool.

Mike Johnson: All right, well everyone can check it out on May 16th on Fite.tv. You can find more information there.  We want to thank all of you for listening. We hope you're all safe. And Jon, we appreciate you sitting down with us. We look forward to doing it again down the line, and we wish you and Renee and everybody else over there and nothing but the best as well, and stay healthy, sir.

Jon Moxley: Thanks a lot, man. Thanks.

Cagefighter: Worlds Collide can be pre-ordered at this link in advance of it's 5/16 premiere.

Jon Moxley can be seen weekly on AEW Dynamite on TNT.


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