Jon Moxley appeared on the “Throwing Down” podcast to be interviewed by his wife Renee Paquette and Miesha Tate.
Note: Moxley’s new book is available now for pre-order on Amazon.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Moxley talking about his early entry into wrestling:
“I found myself kind of like academically studying wrestling to the point where it was beyond being a fan where I was so obsessed with it. I was an athlete in high school in wrestling and football. Back then, I didn’t have the internet and all that, and I was like, how do you get into wrestling? It’s like this mysterious world. A guy like The Undertaker, I remember me and my friends would be like, ‘Do you really think he sleeps in a coffin? What does he do in real life’, because it wasn’t exposed like it is today. So it was like this mysterious world.
I saw a flyer on a telephone pole for a local, little indie show. I was like, ‘Oh man, I’m going to that.’ It was a flea market, called the Red Barn Flea Market in Cincinnati. I went to it, and in the event hand-stapled together program, where they have coupons for pizza and stuff like that, they list the sponsors and the card tonight. There was an ad in the back for Les Thatcher’s Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp. That was the lightbulb moment. It’s like anything else. You want to be a doctor, you go to medical school. You want to be a wrestler, you go to wrestling school.”
Moxley talked about the approach he took to writing his book, “MOX”, which comes out November 2nd:
“A lot of wrestling books, 90% are going to read it anyway, wrestling fans. But, they still write it for non-wrestling fans. They over-explain what words mean, what terms are, who people are, what things are, what WWE is, like, you don’t have to explain what WWE is. Everyone knows. There’s a lot of insider terms. The hardcore wrestling fans, the majority of them will read the book.
I wrote it with the idea of not playing down to them or over-explaining anything. But also, I thought it was a cooler way to make it accessible and fun for a non-wrestling fan. I wanted it to be like one night you were at a party and ended up with a bunch of wrestlers. It was just you and like three wrestling dudes or chicks, and you’re all hanging out. They were all talking to each other using these insider terms, or just talking about wrestling, and you were just kind of a fly on the wall, and you saw their passion for it and how they discussed it.”