Jon Moxley reveals he wasn't under AEW contract for summer of 2022, bent over backwards for CM Punk & Tony Khan

Originally published at Jon Moxley reveals he wasn't under AEW contract for summer of 2022, bent over backwards for CM Punk & Tony Khan

Moxley said most in AEW do not want drama but they get sucked into it. 

A new episode of Renée Paquette’s The Sessions podcast was released and the featured guest was multi-time AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. 

To start off the show, Paquette brought up the now-deleted Instagram story from CM Punk, in which he claimed Jon Moxley said he would not lose to him at one point in their program. Moxley stressed that he does not want to be dragged into anything. He said for the entire summer of 2022, he was not under contract to AEW. 

Mox was the AEW World Champion at the time and said he could have walked into WWE SummerSlam if he wanted to. He added that no one knew about his situation because he keeps his business to himself. He was enjoying what he had been doing with Bryan Danielson and William Regal, but couldn’t predict how he’d feel in six months let alone in a few years coming out of rehab. His contract had been extended for the time he missed. 

Speaking about CM Punk, Moxley said he had a conversation with him at the ‘Quake by the Lake’ edition of Dynamite. Mox reiterated that he was not under contract and did not have to be there. He feels he bent over backwards for both Punk and Tony Khan. 

No (there’s nothing I need to address), because nothing has unfolded. It’s f*cking annoying. Just because somebody said some stupid sh*t on social media, that’s not news but it is ends up being a thing. I don’t wanna get dragged into this dumb sh*t. I could f*cking unload on a lot of f*cking people right now and when I start getting dragged into this sh*t, it (causes) me to do that but I’m not gonna f*cking sink to that level. But I will say this, I’m just gonna give you like a tidbit of information from my point of view. The entire summer, I was not under contract, no contract, free agent. I was at SummerSlam weekend wrestling f*cking (El) Desperado and sh*t the day of SummerSlam, f*cking suplexed him on a bunch of aluminum cans, cutting him and sh*t, it was f*cking dope. I could have walked into SummerSlam that night with the f*cking AEW belt if I had been so inclined. Nobody knew that because I don’t put my sh*t out there in the world and let everybody know every f*cking thing in my business. I was not under contract. The reason being, if you’re curious, because I got out of rehab and my contract was coming up, they extended it for the time that I missed, cool. I’m glad they did actually because I didn’t wanna feel like I owed them anything, you know? So, they extended it a little bit, it was coming up, they were talking to me about it and the last thing I wanted to do when I first got out of rehab was all they were telling me was, ‘Logic will tell you don’t go back into wrestling because you’re just gonna fall into the same old habits’, right? So I just wanted to ease back into it and see what life was like on the other side and the last thing I wanted to do was just hurry up and sign a big long-term commitment, because I don’t know, what if sh*t just started going off the rails? Pretty quickly, I was like, man, being sober is awesome. This is so fantastic, I’m having so much fun. I was working with my friends, me and Bryan (Danielson), Blackpool Combat Club and sh*t. I was like, f*cking (William) Regal, this is great and they’re talking to me about signing a new thing and I was like, ‘If everything just stays exactly as it is right now, I’ll be here forever. You can pay me in cash in an envelope at the end of the night. I don’t give a f*ck. But I can’t tell you what I’m gonna feel like in six months, especially not in three years or five years and once I make a commitment, then I will push through injuries and I will push myself too hard and I will do all these things that add up and it leads you down the road or whatever. So, I was not in a hurry to make any kind of grand commitments at first. That being said, during that time period, the night in — what’s his dick’s talking about was in Minneapolis. It was the night he (CM Punk) came back and was hopping around on one foot, bumping around Inner Circle right after me and (Chris) Jericho wrestled, a badass match by the way. So we’re talking later about stuff. So keep in mind, at this time, this is my whole point, I basically don’t work there for all intents and purposes. I don’t even work here. Tony (Khan) is not my boss. I don’t even have to be in this room, I don’t have to do sh*t. So even me being in this room and offering and agreeing to a storyline that puts you over at the pay-per-view, if anything, I’m bending over backwards for Tony and for this dude and for the company and everybody, because I didn’t have to. I didn’t have to do sh*t. If anything, I was bending over backwards. So, that’s it.

Moxley went on to add that he’s never seen so much drama in one place. He said most of the people in AEW do not want drama, but they get sucked into it. 

He then dove into how much he enjoys helping out backstage. Moxley is not interested in officially becoming a producer or coach, but enjoys helping anyone who needs it. 

I will say this and I hate to say — I don’t think I’ve ever said anything even remotely negative about AEW but I will say this, as an observer, it seems like I spent eight years on the indies, put a couple years in WWE developmental, spent like eight years in WWE, I have never seen so much bullsh*t drama in one place in my entire f*cking life. I hate to say that because it’s like — and I don’t know if it’s the age of social media, sh*t gets blown out of proportion. One person types one stupid f*cking drunk tweet and all of a sudden, it’s all anybody wants to talk about.

Let me be clear, the vast majority of people there don’t cause any f*cking trouble or any bullsh*t. But they’re getting sucked down into this sh*t, like everybody else, into the muck. There’s plenty of people who just wanna get better and perform and f*cking just do this job. It’s the best job in the world and I’ve taken — I’m not an official coach, I definitely don’t ever wanna be a producer so to speak. I don’t wanna be an official producer. I don’t wanna wear the headset, I don’t wanna have to write stuff down and talk to the camera guys… I like being a coach, right? But I’m not any kind of official capacity of a coach, but I can coach people that I feel are worth it. I’ll give time to anybody… Just my natural, I don’t know, what do you call it? My antisocial-ness, don’t wanna talk to anybody. I don’t wanna bother anybody or come off like I’m like, listen up kid! I’ll tell you how to do it. Sometimes I watch something and I see something and I’m like, man, I really wanna tell this guy this or this girl this and I just don’t say it to them even though it could have been something that helped and then usually I’ll forget it. Now I just come up to somebody… and I’ll tell people this too, I don’t even like the word ‘advice’ because advice sounds like something you have to take. I’m just throwing ideas out there. I’m just riffing some ideas and we’re just talking. If you don’t like my idea or I go, hey, you should do a backflip and kick somebody in the face, if they think that’s stupid, don’t do it. I’m not offended. Maybe it’s a bad idea, I don’t know. I love getting the best out of people and I love when I see things in people that’s dying to get out and bringing that out.

POST Wrestling’s Kate from Montreal and Wai Ting weighed in on CM Punk’s Instagram post and that clip is up on our YouTube channel

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit The Sessions with Renée Paquette with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions. 

I understand that Mox spoke out on the topic to try to squash the story and reinforce what a stable, drama-free person he wants to be.

BUT, hearing that Mox was AEW champion and wasn’t under contract has the opposite effect. It makes me question AEW’s business operations. Why on earth wasn’t he under contract? Is he even under contract now? Who knows.

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They announced in September he signed a five year extension.

Definitely an odd choice in 2022 to put the world title on someone not under contract. I have to imagine that Tony 100% trusted Mox, and it ultimately worked out. But can you imagine if WWE found out and offered Mox a ludicrous amount of money to come out on Raw as AEW champ? Tony would have become the laughing stick of t industry. Very very very risky move.