Jon Moxley was part of a controversial match against Kenny Omega on Saturday night at AEW Full Gear, a match that has divided opinion over the past few days, something that Moxley has become accustomed to.
Moxley has divided opinion throughout his career, especially throughout his tenure with WWE, the former WWE Champion recently spoke to Jim Ross ar Starrcade where he revealed that there was an actual moment where he believes that a bad impression of him was developed backstage.
“This was at the pay-per-view, I believe I won or defended the United States Championship. I won the match and the referee was raising my hand and I yell out ‘Give me my f**king belt,’ blatantly. They cut it on delay. I had no idea I said this.”
“I go to the back and everyone is acting a little weird. I sensed some weird energy. I remember Road Dogg coming up to me and asking ‘Did you just say f**k out there?’ I said ‘No, I didn’t cut a promo.’ He goes ‘No, in the ring?’ I’m like ‘No, I don’t think so.’ He goes ‘Oh’ and walks away. I didn’t think anything of it.”
“The next day, somebody comes up to me, I won’t drop any names, but a higher-up type comes up to me and tells me he wanted me to go to the production truck and apologize to those in the truck, because they had to press a button for a five-second delay because, you know, that’s so hard.”
“So I go to the truck, and they make me watch it. I had to sit down like I’m being punished. They put it on and I was thinking I probably didn’t say it. And then I was like ‘Oh, I really did say it.’ I’m admitting that I was at fault and I was apologizing to them as to what I thought was a sincere and perfect apology.”
“A little bit later, the same person comes up to me and says ‘I don’t think that was the right kind of apology for the push that we want to give you.’ I was like ‘What do you mean? I apologized.’ He goes ‘Look. I know that you’re a different type of cat.’ I was like ‘What do you mean? I totally apologized.’ Looking back years later, I must’ve come off as a di*k. I didn’t mean to. But, I must have. I think that was a pivotal moment where they were like f**k this guy. That’s how they looked at me, however, they saw me, and that’s how they still probably look at me to this day,” he said via WrestlingInc.
Moxley made the decision late last year to leave WWE when he was upset with the direction of his on-screen character, luckily, he has been able to create quite the character on AEW TV in recent months.