Jon Moxley recently joined the gang at Busted Open Radio for an interview on SiriusXM. During the discussion, the leader of the “Paradigm Shift” in the pro wrestling industry vented his frustration over the scripted promo style used in WWE.
Check out some of the highlights of the Jon Moxley interview below.
On how scripted promos in WWE drove him nuts:
“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. 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.’”
On Vince McMahon being a madman for putting pressure on talents with scripted promos:
“I’ll tell you what pressure is, pressure is having a two-page script written by a 74-year-old madman, 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.”
Listen to some of the highlights of Jon Moxley on Busted Open Radio below.
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