Jon Moxley may have left WWE several months ago, but he is still venting about his time there. Most recently, Moxley was on Talk Is Jericho to talk about some of his grievances with Vince McMahon involving some promos with Roman Reigns, but also spoke on the WWE creative system.
Several years back, the Triple H and the WWE made an aggressive raid of the indie circuit. In the process, Dean Ambrose was one of the wrestlers who ended up coming over to WWE. Moxley has noticed that the WWE is still scooping up as much indie talent as they can, and he can see the difference.
While speaking to 25 Years Later, Jon Moxley described WWE’s tactics and shared his opinion that it was a bad idea when Triple H started buying up all of the indie wrestlers he could.
“Buying up all of the indie scene was the same as Vince buying up all the territories back in the day. There’s nobody left to cherry pick for talent. It’s amazing that even though they bought up the indies that it has repopulated itself stronger than ever. Makes you very optimistic about the future of pro wrestling. That’s probably the biggest difference between my interview and the Punk interview. He was basically saying f*ck pro wrestling, and I was saying that I got my love of pro wrestling back. I want to wrestle everyone. Let’s drop all the bridges, get all the companies together and have a super show that sells out a stadium right now. F*ck it.”
“The sum of wrestling outside of WWE is bigger than WWE. I feel like myself, the entire AEW roster and all of the fans are the same team, reaching for the same goal, to make wrestling awesome. To not be embarrassed to tell people you’re a wrestling fan because they’d say to you, ‘Oh that show with fart jokes and they poop on each other or whatever the f*ck happens over there anymore’. If you’re a wrestling fan and you show someone some things from WWE, you’d be embarrassed. You’d want to bust out old VHS tapes to show them why you’re a wrestling fan because this isn’t it. I want people to be wearing an AEW shirt and have someone say, ‘Oh you’re a wrestling fan, f*ck yeah, me too’. When I was standing on that poker chip at the end of Double Or Nothing, I didn’t know when we were going off the air. I stayed up there but for some reason, I just wanted to take a f*cking victory lap. Security did not appreciate it but I took a giant victory lap around the arena, off the air and I felt like I was with 12,000 teammates. We are all AEW. We have that common bond.”
AEW, of course, has been taking full advantage of the robust talent pool on the indie circuit. We can only hope the resurgence of the indie circuit will continue. The more talent and the more competition we have in the wrestling industry, the more motivated companies will be to improve their product for the fans.