The unsanctioned match between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega shocked many people as they did not expect the match to go as far as it did. Many hardcore weapons which are rarely used by major pro wrestling companies were used during the match.
Jon Moxley spoke on the State of Combat podcast, where he said that he knew many fans would hate the unsanctioned match at Full Gear. He also knew others would love the match. He explained how he had very little to do with the match itself.
“I was thrilled with that match. I remember thinking the night before about how far we were going to take it. You take two guys like me and Kenny Omega who are super-creative guys who really don’t give a damn what anybody thinks about anything. We are pretty immune to worry, fear or criticism,” stated Moxley. “I remember thinking the night before how some people are going to hate this match but it is going to be awesome. We are going for it.”
“It is funny how little any of this was my idea. I make no apologies for my love of the death match/hardcore style, but I would never force that upon anyone else. I would never have imagined that we can go that far in AEW, so when some of these ideas were being thrown around, I was like, we can do that? Hell yeah! This is going to be awesome. To do something that is going to legitimately shock people and get people talking in 2019, and more importantly, something that was different. Pay per views for the last decade or so, even if they are really good you pretty much know what you are going to get, so to do something that was totally unexpected and create a really unique painting – I said this in media recently that we painted the painting that we wanted to paint. It’s not something everyone is going to want to hang up in their living room. They might look at it and make them a little uncomfortable.”
Moxley said a creative meeting with AEW felt like a huge jam band session were many ideas were shared so that they could figure out the best way to make believable stories in the ring.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.