Former WWE Superstar and current AEW star Jon Moxley is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most popular pro wrestlers in the world right now. He is also a former AEW World Champion and IWGP United States Champion. Mark Henry had leaked a Vince McMahon AEW phone call.
Jon Moxley was a mainstay of WWE television since signing with the company over a decade ago and from 2012 to 2019, he had a tremendous career in the company, winning multiple championships along the way. He parted ways with WWE back in 2019 and went on to sign with AEW, where he has had a great run so far.
Last month, Jon Moxley entered into an alcohol rehabilitation program after finally realizing he needs proper help to conquer his demons. The former AEW World Champion received a lot of support from friends, family and fans alike.
WWE continued to release several Superstars over the past few months. Their latest set of releases included the likes of Keith Lee, Karrion Kross, Ember Moon, Mia Yim and Nia Jax.
Karrion Kross recently spoke to Renee Paquette, where he revealed that Jon Moxley told him to phone up Triple H and have a talk with him about working in WWE.
Kross: So, I basically kind of like put this promo together. It was like a short vignette, trying to test the waters to see if people would be interested to see if him [Jon Moxley] and I would work. Not knowing him but having mutual friends. I didn’t wanna call and ask for his number, I’m not that guy. I was like, ‘I’m just gonna put something out there and see if people would wanna see this’ and sure enough, there was an interest. Jon randomly texted me and he’s like — through a mutual friend he’s like, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ We start talking, I’m like, ‘I’m running a show in Las Vegas, Natural Born Killers.’ It was like a mix between UWFI Japan, a little bit like Bloodsport. I was trying to create an environment in Vegas to prepare people to actually go to Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport so I was like, ‘This is what I’m doing.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t tell anybody I’m showing up’ and let me tell you, when I did not tell anybody, not even the promoter knew until the day of that he was showing up. I was like, ‘We’re doing this old school and not telling anybody.’
Bordeaux: They thought it was gonna be someone else. He said something like, ‘I have a mystery opponent’ and they’re trying to guess, ‘Who is it? Who is it?’ No one guessed [it].
Kross: Gonna wrestle Dan Severn and then afterwards, someone’s gonna show up. So, he comes down, we work, we barely talked about anything, natural rhythm and chemistry was awesome. I’m talking to him after the match and he says like, ‘Hey, where do you wanna go? What do you wanna do?’ And I’m just rattling off some ideas and stuff like that and he goes like, ‘Hey, do whatever you want. I’m not gonna tell you what to do but, one day, Roman’s gonna need somebody else to work with after he’s done working with Drew and I’m just saying, I think you would do very well there but go wherever you want, do whatever you wanna do’ and in my mind I’m like, ‘Holy sh*t. This is a person who has been at the highest level,’ recently too. It’s not like it was a few years ago. Very humbled by that and I just thought to myself, like, ‘If he’s f*cking saying that to me, what other sort of level of assurance do I need? I need to stop f*cking around here.’ So he basically, he was just like, ‘Yeah, just call Hunter’ and I was like, ‘What do you mean just call Hunter?’ He said it like it was nothing. ‘Call him and just tell him you wanna show up’ and I’m just like, ‘Really?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah. I’m gonna give him your number. You’re gonna call him right now’ and it’s just like holy sh*t. That was a lot for me, you know what I mean? I just wrestled in front of a hundred and f*cking thirty people in a f*cking warehouse and he’s like, ‘Yeah, just call Hunter.’ When the time was right, I basically called Hunter and it’s so funny, so I had sent him a text just so he wasn’t getting a number randomly out of nowhere and I basically just told him, the first conversation I said, ‘Hey look, sir, I would love to be a part of the company. If you think I have any sort of value to contribute to the show, I have a lot of really interesting ideas.’ I talked to him about monetizing certain types of characters and symbols and stuff like that. I tried to appeal to the business-sense because that company can hire wrestlers from anywhere. Finding wrestlers I don’t think is really a problem but it’s finding that sort of total package [talent]. That’s kind of how Hunter and I began talking and it’s because of you two [Moxley & Renee Paquette].
h/t to Post Wrestling for the transcription