Jon Moxley was interviewed by Chris Jericho on Talk Is Jericho to talk about his new book, “MOX,” available everywhere in bookstores and on Amazon.com.
Moxley talked about his time in The Shield, the gear that Vince McMahon hated, becoming WWE Champion, meeting Renee, AEW, being champion during the pandemic, and more.
Here are some highlights:
Jon Moxley discussing why he doesn’t like doing ladder matches:
“Those matches are so annoying. hey are always big hits with the crowd. We just did one the other week. I swore I would never be in another ladder match again. I hate ladder matches. I’m not a ladder guy. Ladders and chairs took more years off my career than probably anything because you get bone chips in your elbows and stuff. I hate ladders. I’m not what you would call a high flyer if you haven’t noticed, so I don’t know why I need to be going up this ladder. I swore I would never be in another one.
Tony (Khan) was like, ‘We’re doing this match. We got to announce the graphic.’ I fought tooth and nail coming up with every excuse why I shouldn’t be in a ladder match, but if you’re paying me and I’m here working for you, I want to do a good job. I want to do a good job for the team. He’s like, ‘We need star power in this match. I have to give the graphic to them tonight.’ I was like, ‘Fine. I’ll do the ladder match.’ I couldn’t believe it. I just swore that I would never do another ladder match, and here I’m in another ladder match again talking with six guys trying to figure out all this insanity. But it’s like you said, they’re always big hits with the crowd. You climb the ladder, dangle your fingertip a little bit, and they go nuts.”
Moxley was asked if he would write a second book:
“That’s a hard question. I’ve talked to other people who’ve written books where they say as soon as they get done with it, it’s emotionally and mentally draining. You write a chapter and you think you’re just sitting there writing, but you’re going to a different emotional state. It physically drains you. You feel like you just ran a marathon sometimes after writing for a few hours.
A lot of people told me every time they finish a book, they swear they’re never going to do another book, just like I swore I was never going to do another ladder match. But then when the next one comes along, all of a sudden, they’re doing another book. Then they swear they will never do another until they end up doing another. I imagine it’s going to be like that.
Right now, I’m so in the afterglow, like I’m naked, having a cigarette and a beer, it’s like, it’s already over. We’re in the afterglow now. So right now, I don’t feel a need to go another round, but I can already feel myself taking mental notes and writing little sentences in my head while I’m watching this baby pooping in my hand, or I’m walking around backstage watching people or whatever. I can already feel myself compiling tiny notes as I watch the world unfold around me. Ultimately, if people hate this, nobody buys it, and it sucks, then maybe there’s no demand for it. But even if there’s not, maybe I’ll just take some enjoyment out of doing it anyway. I’ll probably end up writing another one. I can already tell it’s going that way.”