In an interview with Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards as part of the debut episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, All Elite Wrestling superstar Jon Moxley discussed getting signed by the WWE in his early days.
Moxley said that he was feeling like he was not getting a lot of buzz working for HWA, local independents and in Puerto Rico and that he had a job in a factory to make ends meet, but that his big break came working for Insanity Pro Wrestling and wrestling Drake Younger, who is WWE referee Drake Wuertz. Moxley said that he was in a dark place and really found a character and brought up that taking out aggression on his opponents gave him a sense of peace with what was going on in his head and that this caused his style to change and led to him competing for promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling and Dragon Gate USA and then talked about the first time he met Gabe Sapolsky.
Moxley noted that soon after all of that, the call came from WWE and said that Joey Mercury was the one who gave him the heads up about the call and said that he initially thought that it was a joke at first, but that Mercury confirmed it was real and that they could not wait for him to get down there. Moxley said that it was hard for him to process and said that he was not in a good place and was mindful of not screwing things up, noting that he had no possessions to his name, except for a few books and that he did not even have a bank account to cash his moving bonus, noting that thanks to his friend’s girlfriend, he was able to cash that check.
Moxley said that because he had an eviction on his record, he was unable to get an apartment at the time and that someone mentioned him being a roommate with other people, however he decided to go his own way and rented an apartment on Craigslist, which he said was the equivalent of a crack den. Moxley said that when he was there, he discussed wanting to get in shape and prove to everyone that that he belonged and that he was more than a death match wrestler, noting that he also had a chip on his shoulder on the thought of the development of talent feeling like redheaded stepchildren back then.
Moxley noted that he took the deal initially as a way to get notoriety and that he was unsure as to how long it was going to last, so he did not spend his money on a variety of things, but that eventually he bought his own truck and that later on, he found his own house and thought that was a surreal moment. Moxley sad that the WWE were very good to him, but that towards the end of his time there, he knew that it was time for him to go his separate ways.
The interview is available in full at this link.