All Elite Wrestling superstar Jon Moxley was recently on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio, where he discussed life in AEW as it compared to his previous company, WWE. According to Moxley, the thing that shocked him most when coming into the world of professional wrestling was how scripted things seemed to be.
“If I had to boil it down to one thing that drove me crazier than anything was the fact that I got handed a script,” he said. “Even in developmental…I heard the phrase “scripted promo,” I always thought it was a turn of phrase, I didn’t realize – this is how naive I was – they actually script your lines, like a TV show, that blew my mind. First time they handed us a script…I thought it was like, a suggestion, like they were just kind of filling in words on the run sheet. And I’m like…’I got some cool ideas, we can say this or that, we go this new gimmick we’re doing,’ and [the writer] is like ‘Oh no, this is what you’re going to say.’ And I remember having this feeling in the pit of my stomach like ‘Oh my god, I’ve made a terrible mistake.’”
Moxley went on to say that things aren’t always like that, and that superstars are allowed to have their own input, and most of the time they get a lot of input. However, Moxley went on to say that it was easy to go into the ring and act like himself, and that while AEW superstars put pressure on themselves, it’s comfortable knowing they can be themselves. “I’ll tell you what pressure is, pressure is having a two-page script written by a 74-year-old manman, that makes no sense to you, that’s going to make you look stupid, and you’re on worldwide TV, live, and you got to memorize every single line, and somehow try to pull it off and not look like a total jackass, that’s pressure. And a lot of times I did pull that, a lot of times I didn’t, but I’ll never have to be in that situation again. Now I just get to be me, it’s a nice feeling.”
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