AEW World Champion Jon Moxley has opened up about his decision to sign a new long-term deal with the company and says “it’s a perfect fit” for him.
Just minutes before AEW Rampage and Battle of the Belts IV on the 7th of October, All Elite Wrestling owner Tony Khan announced that Jon Moxley has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the company.
With the extension, this now guarantees that Moxley will stay with the promotion until at least 2027, with Moxley also seeing his roles being expanded in the new deal. The current AEW World Champion will be coaching and mentoring talent.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Jon Moxley opened up about his decision to re-sign and says he has no plans to go anywhere else:
“I don’t plan on going anywhere else. It’s the best job in the world, and I’m very lucky to have it. In AEW, all I worry about is wrestling. That’s my focus, and that’s a joy. I love storytelling, I love promos, I love wrestling. I love coming up with ideas for other people, I love learning. For me, it’s a perfect fit.”
Jon Moxley then explained where he sees himself in terms of now being in the middle of an older generation and newer generation of stars in the AEW locker room:
“I’m a good gap between the old generation and the new generation. I come from the Les Thatcher system, so I understand paying your dues and respecting veterans. I’m also old enough to know what it was like to go to the post office and send stacks of my videotapes – ones I had to make – to promoters.”
“I was also there for the advent of YouTube, and I was one of the first indy wrestlers to gain a buzz doing that. My friend had a video camera and a laptop, so I would cut promos every week on my indy shows and used YouTube to my advantage.”
Jon Moxley also added that he wished he had the opportunity to compete in AEW back when he was 25 and hopes the company’s younger stars realise just what they have:
“When I started in 2004, there was WWE and some other indies, but there wasn’t much money in them. There was a big gap in between when you first started and actually having any success in the business. Now there are so many tools and so many promotions, and such a great fan base, and wrestling has evolved so much.”
“It’s a great thing for the fans and the wrestlers. No one is shoving a script in your face telling you what you have to say. I wish I had this opportunity in AEW when I was 25. I hope the young people at AEW understand how cool this place is.”